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by Marc Zabludoff, Peter Bollinger (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Just when you thought it was safe to wander into the metaphorical waters of non-fiction reading, along comes this account of a bone-chilling prehistoric menace! Children who like to scare and be scared by T. rex-type play will have a new focus for their escapades in this enormous sea carnivore. Sixty feet in length, the Basilosaurus was at the top of the food chain while it existed. Nothing in the sea could threaten it; it even ate sharks! Readers learn all about this little-known animal, including what it may have looked like, when it lived, how it may have evolved from dinosaurs, where its fossils have been found, and more. Peter Bollinger's vivid, full-page illustrations combine traditional airbrush and digital illustration methods to enhance readers' understanding of the featured beast and its environment. A few remarks are highlighted in the book's margins, but the pages are generally free of such clutter, allowing readers to focus on Zabludoff's engaging text. Like the other books in the "Prehistoric Beasts" series, this includes a timeline of the creature's existence, a glossary of relevant terms (highlighted in the body of the text), a bibliography of additional resources (book, DVD, and online), and an index. This book, and the series as a whole, would be a good selection for elementary school or public libraries. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green

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Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
Prehistoric Beasts Series
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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