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Dinosaurs in Your Backyard

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Did you know that the first dinosaur fossil ever found in the United States was discovered in New Jersey? Or that the Great Plains used to be swarming with swimming sea monsters? Readers can imagine what was in their own backyards seventy million years ago as they read this one-of-a-kind dino adventure.
 
Unlike other dinosaur books, bestselling nonfiction author Hugh Brewster’s text focuses only on species found in North America. ...
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Overview


Did you know that the first dinosaur fossil ever found in the United States was discovered in New Jersey? Or that the Great Plains used to be swarming with swimming sea monsters? Readers can imagine what was in their own backyards seventy million years ago as they read this one-of-a-kind dino adventure.
 
Unlike other dinosaur books, bestselling nonfiction author Hugh Brewster’s text focuses only on species found in North America. Complete with a timeline, a glossary, a bibliography, an index, and a list of museums and national parks, Dinosaurs in Your Backyard encourages young readers to imagine what their surroundings were like millions of years ago.
F&P level: T
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Akin to The Eleventh Hour, this über-puzzle of a picture book asks readers to crack codes and find hidden pictures, all in aid of solving a mystery relayed in rhyming quatrains. Young Bertie Badger arrives at the opulent country home of his grandfather, "a conjurer of note" known as Gadzooks the Great, anticipating an extraordinary magic show, but-horrors!-Gadzooks's and the other performers' props have disappeared. Readers could simply hunt for the missing objects, which Base conceals within elaborately detailed paintings, but then they would miss out on the tricky fun of mastering several codes also embedded in the book-not to mention that finding those hidden pictures without benefit of the encoded clues isn't easy, not even for alums of Where's Waldo?For the impatient, Base supplies a huge hint; where Eleventh Hour forced the desperate to break a seal to get answers, readers need not alter anything to avail themselves of help, making this volume a cinch to share. A set of bonus challenges will keep kids (and older siblings) poring closely over the pages for weeks, enthralled. Ages 5-10. (Sept.)

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
After a brief introduction about historical dinosaur locations in North America, Brewster skips back and forth between dinosaur periods more or less by interest-T-Rex and "Sea Monsters" taking pride of place. Having assigned marine reptiles such as the mosasaur to what was once the "Western Inland Sea," but is now Kansas within the Great Plains, it becomes harder and harder for the reader to visibly pin down other finds. Since the book's primary claim for distinction from other books of its genre is pinpointing the physical location of fossilized finds, using more maps for discovery sites would have been useful. Backmatter includes a timeline, a pronunciation guide, and a "Where to See Dinosaurs" listing that includes museums and parks in both the U.S. and Canada, as well as an index and selected bibliography. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal

Gr 3-6

An eye-catching look at North America's "backyard" bonanza of prehistoric reptilian residents. Accompanied by Barnard's bright, realistic, action-filled illustrations, Brewster's conversational text is loaded with the data sought by young researchers and dino lovers alike. Maps, a general time line, and a pronunciation guide to those tongue-tangling nomenclatures are included, as is a list of U.S. and Canadian museums and parks (with Web site addresses) having nifty collections of dino-fossils, such as Drumheller (Alberta, Canada) and Bozeman (Montana). Slender, colorful, informative, and...about dinosaurs.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Aimed at younger and less-than-enthusiastic readers, this gallery of North American dinos pairs high-wattage commentary-"Huge herds of giant, snorting creatures could have stomped right through your backyard!"-with naturalistic, sharply detailed headshots or full body views of about two dozen big, brightly colored examples. Brewster tucks in names and basic facts for each, adds side-glances at such high-interest topics as fossil poop and skin and closes (on a spread headed "WIPEOUT!") with current thinking about why the dinosaurs died out. Young dino-nuts probably won't mind that there's no attempt at any real organization beyond leading with the most teeth possible. Featuring a digestible informational load, lots of teeth and an occasional glimpse of blood or drool for extra thrills, this people-pleasing plunge into prehistory will likely be read to shreds. (timeline, pronunciation guide, glossary, recommended reading, "Where to See Dinosaurs," index, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810970991
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Hugh Brewster is the award-winning author of many nonfiction picture books, including The Other Mozart,Anastasia’s Album, and Inside the Titanic. He lives in Toronto, Canada. Alan Barnard is a dinosaur enthusiast who has illustrated many popular children’s books. He also lives in Canada.
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