Basher Basics: Dinosaurs: The bare bones

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Basher Basics: Dinosaurs, The Bare Bones! Created & illustrated by Simon Basher, written by Dan Green

Sure, everyone knows about the physical attributes of dinos, but what about personalities to go with those prehistoric proportions? Welcome to this highly memorable one-stop guide to the world of dinosaurs, courtesy of Basher. Join the primeval party and meet terrifying Tyrannosaurus rex, huge Giganotosaurus and tiny Compsognathus. Also includes lots of information from the ...

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Basher Basics: Dinosaurs, The Bare Bones! Created & illustrated by Simon Basher, written by Dan Green

Sure, everyone knows about the physical attributes of dinos, but what about personalities to go with those prehistoric proportions? Welcome to this highly memorable one-stop guide to the world of dinosaurs, courtesy of Basher. Join the primeval party and meet terrifying Tyrannosaurus rex, huge Giganotosaurus and tiny Compsognathus. Also includes lots of information from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods, including dinosaur dinners, habitats, and fossil discoveries.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Adding to the Basher Basics series of small-format guides, Basher introduces readers to dinosaurs, organizing them by common characteristics. The dinosaurs speak for themselves: “With my prey cornered, I jack my jaw wide open like a bear trap, sink my top row of pearly whites in, and chop like a hatchet,” reports an Allosaurus that appears in a section on “meat crunchers.” In addition to the lively monologues, Basher provides bulleted facts about each dinosaur, including size, the period in which it lived, and when it was first discovered by paleontologists. Of course, for many readers, it’s all about Basher’s distinctive style, with his cute, digital figures that look like they might have jumped out of arcade games. Ages 3–up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Kasey Giard
Dinosaurs come in more than just different shapes and sizes. Scientists classify them according to the time during which they lived, the shape of their hips, and their eating habits. While the book contains some detailed information about many different species of dinosaurs, some information is presented as scientific fact which really cannot be proven. For example, Green describes how a Triceratops woos potential mates with his large crest. Distinctions between what scientists theorize about dinosaur behavior and proven facts are not always clarified. Perhaps in an attempt to amuse and capture the desired audience, the author also uses popular modern expressions, referring to this dinosaur as a "diva" or a "groovy jazz-o-saurus." It is cute, but the tactic is overdone and distracts from the real information. Instead, it would have been nice to see the author take a little more time to define some of the more technical words in the text rather than leaving the reader to dig through the glossary for their meanings. The book also contains an unfortunate misprint in one of its many jokes, warning the reader of the unpleasant aftereffects of some leaf-eaters diets, stating that he or she will want to stay downwind from the dinosaur. It seems like that would be exactly the wrong position to put oneself in with regard to a flatulent dinosaur. Reviewer: Kasey Giard
Kirkus Reviews
The umpteenth volume of Basher Basics features a representative assortment of dinosaurs and dino-cousins strutting their stuff. Grouped into "Veggie Munchers," "Meat Crunchers," "High-fliers" and "Water Lovers," 26 dinos and proto-reptiles each step up in turn to flex their attributes: "I'm one happy swimmer--a fish-chasin', air-breathin', fully oceangoin' reptile. Very ‘plesio' to meet you!" Bulleted lists of basic facts sandwich each testimonial and add to the typically substantial informational load. Basher's cartoon portraits, on the other hand, don't add much beyond cuteness. Though recognizable in general form, the prehistoric creatures all float over monochrome pastel backgrounds and are rendered in a flat, stylized way with the same smooth surface textures and similar squints and smiles. Ten dinos get a curtain call in a small foldout poster at the end. Weather publishes simultaneously. Green supplies plenty of grist for the dino-mill; Basher's formulaic visuals, not so much. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753468241
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Series: Basher Basics Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 395,867
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NC990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Basher is the creator and illustrator of more than ten best-selling concept books for children including The Periodic Table, Physics, Biology, Astronomy, Math, and Punctuation. Based in London and Tokyo and specializing in “graphic surrealism”, Basher's original artwork is regularly exhibited and sold in the UK, Europe, the US and the Asia. Find out more at www.basherworld.com. 

 

Dan Green edited Basher’s The Periodic Table and was the author of Physics, Biology, Astronomy and Rocks and Minerals. He studied Geology at Cambridge University.

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