Tuesday, June 13, 2006


by Lenny Hort, illustrated by John O'Brien (Henry Holt)
We may know T-Rex was the biggest meat eater. But do we know whether he stalked live prey or did he scavenge to find food that was already dead? How did the tall dinosaurs lay eggs without having them crack and splatter? How did plant eaters maintain a weight that might have been as much as a hundred tons? Which dino-parents took care of the babies, or did they have sitters? Are dinosaurs really extinct, or are their closest cousins all around us? The genuine curiosity and fascination is contagious in this brightly illustrated noggin-scratcher that’s a must-have for all fans Mesozoic. (5 and up)

Also of interest:
ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA DINOSAURS: THE DEFINITIVE POP-UP by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart (Candlewick) (Inside this unassuming little brown book are DINOSAURS, people, dinosaurs who bang their tales, battle, take flight, can-can from the sidelines, reach into the treetops, and yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Tyrannosaurus Rex actually chomps. Biggest thing to happen for the genre since Jurassic Park. Also, check out the new companion title by the same dynamic duo: Encyclopedia Prehistorica Sharks and Other Sea Monsters. ) (5 and up)
THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic) (Breathtaking and mysterious picture book biography of the Victorian artist who conjured up the first models of what dinosaurs might look like, only to have them buried by a corrupt politician somewhere in Central Park.) (7 and up)
MEGATOOTH by Patrick O'Brien (Henry Holt) (The biggest dinosaur didn't roam the earth...he swam the sea! Wow, this title has special read-aloud bite and is a must-have for a dramatic dino-storytime.) (4 and up)

PREHISTORIC ACTUAL SIZE by Steve Jenkins (Houghton Mifflin) (collage art by an award-winning non-fiction author, with stunning fold-out pages.) (4 and up)
THE RANDOM HOUSE DINOSAUR TRAVEL GUIDE by Kelly Milner Halls (Random House) (Plan a junior paleontologist's dream vacation with this state-by-state guide to over three hundred dino-destintations around the country. Includes "Bone-digger bonus" factoids and great links for armchair traveling on the internet, too!) (8 and up)

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1 comment:

Bea said...

Esme, I think you should do a 'readiologist' certification course. Seriously. Of course I would be the very first to sign up.


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