Making up in drama for what it lacks in numbers, this slender paperbound gallery of dinos features pop-up or pull-tab surprises on each of its five spreads.
Within, seven popular types of prehistoric monsters depicted in vivid, high-contrast colors rear up with ferocious scowls to attack, defend or, in the case of Apatosaurus, simply to pose above treetops in lordly majesty. The captions that accompany the images combine emphatic sound words with action clues—“Stomp! Rumble! Roar! Hungry Tyrannosaurus rex stalks forward and snaps his powerful jaws” (very smoothly, once readers pull on its tail, which doubles as a pull-tab). Reinhart closes with a pronunciation guide and for added value, supplies melodramatic outline figures inside the front and rear covers for young artists to color.
A quick fix for younger dinosaur devotees, from the co-author of the spectacular Encyclopedia Prehistorica (2005-2007). (Pop-up/informational picture book. 4-6)