NEW DINOS

“Like giant gaffing hooks, these claws could spear a fish the size of a grown man. Once Suchomimus had shoveled the prey into its mouth, its one hundred hooked teeth would clamp down like huge pinking shears.” Paired with plenty of melodramatic, carefully detailed—and frequently blood-spattered—dinosaur portraits, Tanaka’s rousing survey of recently identified specimens and species covers every continent except Antarctica, and introduces dinosaurs in a wide array of shapes and sizes, from crow-like Microraptor to several bus-sized creatures. She also delivers “The Real Poop” on dino-dung, rare fossilized internal organs, feathers, and the most recent Great Extinction, 65 million years ago. Concluding with an annotated map, plus lists of books and Web sites, this will rivet young readers while bringing them up to speed on the latest news from the paleontological front. (Nonfiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: June 1, 2003

ISBN: 0-689-85183-9

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Atheneum

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2003

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DINOSAUR BONE WAR

COPE AND MARSH’S FOSSIL FEUD

A straightforward chronological account of the lives, work and conflicts between O.C. Marsh and Edward Cope, pioneers in the newly developed field of paleontology, whose 19th-century feud led to countless discoveries, bitter bickering in scientific journals and destruction of some fossil specimens. The narrative does not dwell on details of their fieldwork; it is the drama of their escalating quarrel that carries the reader along, while the author occasionally adds a reminder that much more might have been accomplished with cooperation. Occasional black-and-white photographs and reproductions of their notes and drawings add interest. This latest entry in the long-standing Landmark history series will especially appeal to middle-grade readers grown beyond their first fascination with dinosaurs and ready to learn more about the scientists who opened up this field, sometimes literally. (index, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Dec. 26, 2006

ISBN: 0-375-81349-7

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2006

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DINOSAUR TROUBLE

Replacing his usual stock of farm animals with an older, more primitive cast, King-Smith pits families of Pterodactyls and Apatosaurs against a predatory T. rex. After ignoring the species prejudice of their parents to strike up a friendship, leather-winged newborn Nosy and hulking Banty (short for “Bantamweight,” which she is when compared to her mother and father) come up with a daring plan to drive toothy Hack the Ripper out of the area. Their intellectually pretentious Moms and dimwitted Dads are initially reluctant but eventually agree to pitch in—and it all works out even better than expected. In Bruel’s frequent cartoon scenes and vignettes, the players display a supple solidity as they smile, scowl or look confused according to their assigned roles. The unusual setting and mild suspense of this celebration of interspecies cooperation will draw in recent easy-reader graduates. The addition of multi-syllabic dinosaur names and Latinate vocabulary words add extra appeal. (Fantasy. 8-10)

Pub Date: March 1, 2008

ISBN: 978-1-59643-324-3

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Roaring Brook

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2008

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