Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Big Book

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A long time ago there were dinosaurs. Big dinosaurs and small dinosaurs. Dinosaurs with horns on their heads or spikes down their backs. Dinosaurs with long, long necks and long, long tails.

Imaginatively and with a masterful use of color, shape and composition, Bryon Barton brings to life a unique and endearing vision of what the world may have looked like once upon a time.

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Overview

A long time ago there were dinosaurs. Big dinosaurs and small dinosaurs. Dinosaurs with horns on their heads or spikes down their backs. Dinosaurs with long, long necks and long, long tails.

Imaginatively and with a masterful use of color, shape and composition, Bryon Barton brings to life a unique and endearing vision of what the world may have looked like once upon a time.

A long time ago there was dinosaurs. Big dinosaurs and small dinosaurs. Dinosaurs with horns on their heads or spikes down their backs. Dinosaurs with long, long necks and long, long tails.
Imaginatively and with a masterful use of color, shape and composition, Byron Barton brings to life unique and endearing vision of what the world may have looked like once upona time.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 1989 (NSTA/CBC)
Science Books and Films — Editor's Choice
Science Books and Films — Best Children's Science Book List

In prehistoric days there were many different kinds of dinosaurs, big and small, those with spikes and those with long, sharp teeth.

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Editorial Reviews

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Here is a nonthreatening introduction to dinosaurs.The text is clear and simple, and Barton's bright and childlike illustrations are far from scary--all the dinosaurs have eyebrows. Each dinosaur is pictured at the end, complete with name and pronunciation key.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Barton's economical book does not scrimp on details or ebullient hues. In colors straight out of a crayon box he provides children with a genuine ``first'' dinosaur book. The endpapers provide a vivid glossary of dinosaurs, with names and phonetic pronunciations underneath each picture. And then the sweet text: ``A long time ago there were dinosaurs. There were dinosaurs with horns and dinosaurs with spikes . . . . There were fierce dinosaurs and scared dinosaurs.'' That particular line is illustrated with a black cloudy sky and jagged yellow lightning; the simple expressions of fear on the dinosaurs' faces will reassure readers that even these mightiest of creatures could have been afraid of the same things children are. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- Barton's radiant pallette of Play-Doh colors is perfect for dinosaurs. His illustrations capture the plasticity and vividness of children's own artwork, without patronizing or making fun of his young audience. More than Gibbons' Dinosaurs (Holiday, 1987) or Aliki's My Visit to the Dinosaurs (Crowell, 1985), Barton conveys the primordial sense of excitement that draws children to these beasts. Despite the illustrations' simplicity, Barton's dinosaurs' expressions are not mammalian smiles; they have a saurian quality all their own. The endpapers identify the creatures by scientific name and pronunciation. Barton wisely keeps his text simple, describing dinosaurs only by size and physical features (``There were dinosaurs with sails on their backs, and dinosaurs with hard bony heads''), letting his drawings portray who owned which horns, teeth, tail, and spikes. This superb introduction for the very young shares the excitement of dinosaurs with its audience, without tangling their attention spans in boring details.-- Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060204105
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/1991
  • Series: Big Book Series
  • Edition description: BIG BOOK
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 514,245
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 16.92 (w) x 14.72 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Byron Barton is the author-artist of many beloved picture books for the youngest reader, including My Car; My Bus; Building a House; Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs; and Machines at Work. His books have earned numerous awards and honors, including six ALA Notable Book Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Books selection, five School Library Journal Best Books of the Year selections, and two Reading Rainbow books. He lives in Florida.

Byron Barton is the author-artist of many beloved picture books for the youngest reader, including My Car; My Bus; Building a House; Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs; and Machines at Work. His books have earned numerous awards and honors, including six ALA Notable Book Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Books selection, five School Library Journal Best Books of the Year selections, and two Reading Rainbow books. He lives in Florida.

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