Day the Dinosaurs Died (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2)
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Day the Dinosaurs Died (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2)

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by Charlotte Lewis Brown, Phil Wilson

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A compelling account of how the impact of a giant asteroid may have killed the Earth’s dinosaurs.


A compelling account of how the impact of a giant asteroid may have killed the Earth’s dinosaurs.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Paleontologist Charlotte Lewis Brown conjectures what happened to the dinosaurs. She presents the asteroid theory in this dramatic title. With the belief that the asteroid or comet hit earth near the Yucatssn Peninsula and affected dinosaurs all the way to what is now Canada, she includes a number of dinosaurs that lived in this area of North America: the T. Rex, Edmontosaurus, and Parasaurolophus. Dinosaur enthusiasts will be intrigued by the text and the illustrations, which show the life-like animals in peril by fire, water, and smoke. She finishes with the regeneration of the earth. Part of the "I can read book 2" series, this has the usual format of short sentences and large type. There is plenty of drama to keep the budding paleontologists reading and turning the pages. To get them started, the pronunciation guide is in the front of the book.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Beginning with a pronunciation guide for the names of various dinosaurs, this book describes what probably happened to those reptiles 65 million years ago, when a comet or an asteroid most likely slammed into the Earth in the area of the Yucat n Peninsula. Rather than delivering a strict factual narrative, Brown focuses on some individual creatures, bringing readers closer to the scene. She tells how the dinosaurs would have been feeding and then suddenly destroyed by heat, falling rock, or tidal waves during the day of impact. Those not immediately killed would have starved following the death of their prey or plant foods. The book ends with the rise of small mammals that had hidden underground, escaping the dinosaurs' fate. Second graders will be able to read this book independently, and with its expressive, fairly naturalistic illustrations, younger children will find that it answers the question of how the dinosaurs became extinct. An author's note provides additional material.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Paleontologist Brown presents developing readers with a vividly imagined recreation of an asteroid impact and its immediate and subsequent effects on the dinosaurs. She sets up her scenario with an introductory, "It may have happened like this . . . " and follows with action-filled narration that finds a T. rex peacefully chowing down on an Edmontosaurus while behind him a "strange new light" appears in the sky. After immediately incinerating the giant carnivore, the asteroid's wave of destruction moves outward, mowing down Triceratops and Alamosaurus with equal abandon. Although they are not killed in the initial impact, a herd of Parasaurolophuses, who hide in caves in the far north, slowly starve to death upon reemerging into a blasted world. Clearly, there's more than enough violence and destruction to delight the most jaded eight-year-old, all related in the simple and forthright vocabulary and syntax of an I Can Read! entry. Wilson's illustrations add stripes and other splashes of color to the dinosaurs' hides, as well as expressions of alarm to their faces, the scenes of destruction appropriately garish and full of motion. Sure to find its audience. (author's note, pronunciation guide) (Easy reader/nonfiction. 6-9)
The Horn Book
“Readers will savor the tale.”

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
I Can Read Book 2 Series
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Paleontologist Charlotte Lewis Brown writes about science for children and adults. Dr. Brown lives in Seattle, Washington.

Artist Phil Wilson specializes in depicting prehistoric life and consults with leading researchers. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Day the Dinosaurs Died 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
We-Love-Books More than 1 year ago
This is my 2 1/2 year olds favorite dinosaur story book! This actually really surprised me as I thought it would be to advanced for him but he just loves me reading it to him as he looks at the pictures that illustrate exactly what I am reading. Now after reading it to him so often, he will crack the book open himself and tell you what is going on by explaing the picture and remebering what I had read to him. READ THIS WITH EXCITEMENT AND ANIMATION IN YOUR VOICE AND YOUR KIDS WILL JUST LOVE IT!.... Caution: there are 2 or 3 pictures of t-rex eating another dinosaur so if this is going to frighten your child then you might want to wait til he is older... But it is a great book that simply explains how the dinosaurs became extinct!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Verygood book but keep in mind if u havent had the descussion if death with ur child u might want to hold off on this book my 3 year old had many questions after reading this boook
lesli618 More than 1 year ago
i bought this book for my 7 year on my nook tablet he loves it. and my nook reads it to him. and it a way that is fun for him so it gets him to read.
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Who ever would consider this an appropriate subject and content for children? Don't get me wrong, I do not advocate spinning romantic tales to gloss over a factual event. But must we lay the horror, pain and suffering that our earthly predecessors experienced, not only on a day to day basis as they were eaten alive by each other, or found their nests raided by another predator...and then suffered through a earth altering natural disaster that starved them to death, asphyxiated them to death, burned them to death? By no means should their extinction be romaticized. But must it be soooo dramaticised to our very young? Why not allow them to enjoy the knowledge, first, that these magnificent creations existed and thrived far longer that we humans have even existed. Then ask us themselves, at some point......"where did they go". Burning alive and being eaten alive........yeah, we really want our little ones goin to bed with that on their brain or whiling away their quiet time or play time with this in the back of their mind?
Danielle Vappie More than 1 year ago
May I have my money back please. NOW!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
?....says it's not supported on my device.......bein a nook!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not good for young kids. It shows dinosaurs on fire, starving and dying, and just all around creepy for young children.