Alphasaurs and Other Prehistoric Types

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The award-winning creators of Alphabeasties and Bugs but the Numbers have gone prehistoric! Using letters in an artful assortment of type, the famed duo create a menagerie of dazzling dinosaurs and pack each page with captivating dino-facts. This sophisticated rendering of dinosaur-ologu will leap out from other dino-books to entrain, engage, and educate aspiring paleontologists.
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Overview


The award-winning creators of Alphabeasties and Bugs but the Numbers have gone prehistoric! Using letters in an artful assortment of type, the famed duo create a menagerie of dazzling dinosaurs and pack each page with captivating dino-facts. This sophisticated rendering of dinosaur-ologu will leap out from other dino-books to entrain, engage, and educate aspiring paleontologists.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the third book in the series that began with 2009’s Alphabeasties, Werner and Forss roll back the clock a few million years to offer a spectacular alphabetical examination of long-extinct prehistoric animals. As in Alphabeasties, the animals are constructed from first letters of their names: a triceratops, for instance, is formed from hundreds of capital and lowercase Ts. In addition to familiar dinos, the team features several species that readers aren’t likely to know, including euoplocephalus and utahraptor (named for the state in which it was discovered). Die-cuts, flaps, phonetic spellings, and alphabetically oriented trivia (“Kentrosaurus was about the length of a kayak”) are seamlessly integrated into the overall polished look of this standout introduction to both dinosaurs and good design. Ages 6–12. (Nov.)
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Praise for Alphabeasties And Other Amazing Types:

* Winner of Silver Parents' Choice Honor and AIGA Best 50 Covers Show

"A thrilling spin through the alphabet.... No ordinary abecedarian, this typographical trip will wow design fans."
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Praise for Bugs by the Numbers:
"...the sort of handsome, hyper-designed nonfiction diversion that will fit almost as well on an adult coffee table as on the nursery bookshelf. " —Wall Street Journal

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Letters and font types combine to teach about the alphabet and provide fascinating information about dinosaurs. The opening pages explain about the different types of dinosaurs presented and how the authors construct these creatures using typography (how the letters appear). With one or two pages, the dinosaurs come to life using a letter of the alphabet in a unique font. In various spots on the page facts about each particular dinosaur also feature the same letter. The larger dinosaurs, such as the brachiosaurus, have a fold-out page to show their size; strategic paper-cuts create visual interest. Throughout the pages there are facts about the particular dinosaur using words that feature the corresponding letter. At the top of the pages is a brief timeline that shows when these dinosaurs were on earth. Each dinosaur has a comparison to something known today, as well as the location of the dinosaur's fossils. The book ends with an explanation of the various fonts that the authors use to create each dinosaur. The book's format is visually striking; it has a nice combination of color and facts that make this book a stand-out for readers in kindergarten through second or third grade. Even adults may get inspired with its use of letters. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4—Each page is dedicated to a different dinosaur, from allosaurus to zuniceratops. On each one, readers will find the reptile's name, pronunciation, a wealth of fascinating facts (presented in a fun way with plenty of alliteration), and eye-catching illustrations. The text is delivered in short captions, but is chock-full of the kinds of facts and comparisons that will leave a lasting impression on young readers. Twenty-seven prehistoric lizards are covered-both those that are familiar and many lesser known, but equally fascinating. The illustrations were boldly created by typography. The featured dinosaurs are made up solely of an arrangement of their first letters, both capital and lower case. The many foldout pages are beautifully done and add to the overall appeal and excitement of the book. The font varies in style, size, and color, creating even more visual interest. Many libraries have alphabet books in abundance, but this is one not to miss.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609051938
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • Publication date: 11/26/2012
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss are graphic designers at the two-person design studio Werner Design Werks, Inc. in St. Paul, Minnesota. Whose clients include Moét Hennessey, Target, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day, Levi's and Melcher Media. Their studio has had remarkable international impact with its commitment to simplicity, honesty and practicality in design and has garnered WDW many graphic design awards as well as a place in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Musée De La Poste, Victoria and Albert Museum, Musée des Arts Decoratifs and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. The author lives in St. Paul, MN.

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