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DINO-DINNERS by Mick Manning


by Mick Manning and Brita Granström & illustrated by Mick Manning and Brita Granström

Age Range: 7 - 9

Pub Date: July 15th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2089-6
Publisher: Holiday House

The loosely brushed illustrations aren’t as luridly detailed as they might be, but fans of all things gross and gruesome will still be drawn to this gallery of extinct gourmands. Though most—from Oviraptor, seen crunching a “fat, crispy beetle snatched from the top of dinosaur poop,” to Tyrannosaurus Rex chowing down on a bleeding, well-masticated mouthful—are carnivores, vegetarians too are represented, with the likes of Iguanodon: “We browse slowly and quietly, munching as we move. Then comes the noisy part—the more we eat, the more we fart!” The authors add side columns of dino-facts and small black-and-white drawings to each spread, but education definitely takes a back seat to titillation here. Cheap thrills: Buy accordingly. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)