Dinosaurology by Jack Fawcett, Various |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble


by Jack Fawcett, Various

Could dinosaurs still roam the earth? In the newest discovery in the ’Ology series, readers come face-to-face with living, breathing dinosaurs.

What if dinosaurs had not died out? What if whole colonies of the prehistoric beasts had survived on a remote island off the coast of South America? The latest adventure in the best-selling ’Ology


Could dinosaurs still roam the earth? In the newest discovery in the ’Ology series, readers come face-to-face with living, breathing dinosaurs.

What if dinosaurs had not died out? What if whole colonies of the prehistoric beasts had survived on a remote island off the coast of South America? The latest adventure in the best-selling ’Ology series offers young dinosaur lovers a tantalizing taste of what that would be like. The year is 1907, and young adventurer Raleigh Rimes is on an expedition to South America with real-life explorer Percy Fawcett. There he discovers the unimaginable: living dinosaurs roaming the rain forest! Presented as a journal detailing their extraordinary (and hairraising) encounters with the amazing beasts — fearsomeTyrannosaurus rex, pack-hunting allosauruses, predatory velociraptors, armored triceratops, and other species — Dinosaurology is filled with flaps and booklets offering dinosaur lore, along with such novelties as a sample of dinosaur skin, a pouch of ground stegosaurus horn, and more.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The biggest surprise in this addition to the popular, 10-year-old Ologies series is that it’s taken this long for a dinosaur-themed entry to arrive. Framed as a journal of a 1907 expedition to the “Lost Island of Yannapalu,” the book follows explorer Percy Fawcett and his assistant, Rimes, as they travel to South America to meet with the islanders, discover dinosaur fossils, and then the real thing: “The tales were true: here were living, breathing dinosaurs!” As in the rest of the Ologies books, booklets, flaps, and other interactive elements appear throughout (glitter is a stand-in for “finely ground dinosaur horn”), and the field journal motif provides an engrossing blend of fact and fiction. Ages 8–12. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
Be warned: may cause a severe outbreak of dinophilia among middle-grade readers.
—The New York Times
Children's Literature - Denise Hartzler
In this volume, set to look like a journal written in 1907 by Raleigh Rimes, Assistant to Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, young paleontologists take a long journey from New York to Yannapalu, South America. It is here on the west coast of South America where an island of living dinosaurs exists. As young readers explore the pages of this volume, they will be intrigued and delighted with all the lift-up flaps, the samples of dinosaur skin, maps, small booklets of information as well as sketches. While there are many records that exist in archives of P. H. Fawcett, there was no proof that the biographies of the other explorers on this journey existed. Being good friends with Arthur Conan Doyle, P.H. Fawcett sent his journals of the Lost Island to him in hopes that he would keep them safe and confidential. However, from the letters contained within this story, it seems that the journals were used to create The Lost World novel written by Arthur Conan Doyle. Whether this relationship was real or not is up to the reader to do a little fact-finding. There are publisher notes throughout the book to help young readers along and to ensure the correct facts about plate tectonics, geography and dinosaurs are understood. This book is very interactive and will keep even the most reluctant readers occupied and interested to take the journey to the island of living dinosaurs. Part of the "ology" series. Reviewer: Denise Hartzler
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Paying homage to Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, and David Grann's The Lost City of Z (Doubleday, 2009), Dinosaurology mixes excellent information with an Edwardian-style story. As with other works in the series, interactive elements such as flaps, pull-outs, packets of glitter, and shiny relia add three-dimensional interest. The illustrations, both in full color and archival black and white, are appealing and informative. Presented as a journal documenting an expedition searching for a lost world in which dinosaurs still roam, the story includes maps, current scientific facts, and up-to-date particulars relating not only to the study of dinosaurs but also to the science of paleontology and the men and women who led the field in the discovery and study of those old bones. The fictional author pays tribute to Conan Doyle's work in both format and context, even slyly naming a dog after Conan Doyle's main character, and in the claim that the author appropriated the information from this journal as the basis for his Lost World. Colonel Percy H. Fawcett and his son, Jack, the primary characters in this version, were actual explorers of the Amazon, and their disappearance in the 1920s has remained an unsolved mystery. Readers interested in dinosaurs, exploration, and paleontology will enjoy the presentation of facts within the package; however, as stand-alone fiction the story is too simplistic for readers with the advanced skills necessary for comprehension. And few children would understand the many somewhat obscure references to the previous works.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The weakest entry in the 'Ology series (so far) is undersupplied with content, invention or even the customary embedded and detachable trinkets. Supposedly the record of a 1907 expedition that explores a South American island on which primitive humans coexist with dinosaurs, the yellowed "notebook" at first glance looks like others in the series. It features wordy, awed comments in a faux hand-lettered type squeezed into crowded spreads and gatefolds around dashed-off watercolors, small pencil sketches, and inset letters, booklets or info cards that are either pasted in or, more often, printed to look as if they were. Crowded around the edges and sometimes overlapping, the insets provide additional dino portraits, cursory infodumps of standard-issue dino data (as it was in 1907, with editorial updates in small print at the bottom) and brief profiles of prominent early paleontologists. The paltry assortment of "realia" consists of a notably unconvincing pouch of silver-glitter "ground dinosaur horn," a patch of plastic "Allosaurus skin" and four plastic "jewels." The overall premise and much of the plot should sound familiar to older readers, and indeed, at the end is a purported letter from Arthur Conan Doyle with an unapologetic admission that he stole them from this "document" for his novel The Lost World. The theft actually went the other way, and considering the uninspired result, to no worthy purpose. (Novelty. 10-13)

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Candlewick Press
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Ologies Series
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Product dimensions:
10.24(w) x 12.18(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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