Dinosaurs?!

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The vibrant and fun illustrations of Lila Prap make this non-fiction picture book about Dinosaurs irresistible

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Overview

The vibrant and fun illustrations of Lila Prap make this non-fiction picture book about Dinosaurs irresistible

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The wisecracking chickens in this Slovenian import are initially skeptical that they're descended from dinosaurs (“Why didn't they call them terrible chickens if they were our ancestors?”), but gradually warm to the idea. Prap's stylized dinosaurs appear with rough outlines against grainy backgrounds beside accessible descriptions of their attributes. The chickens' goofy running commentary further lightens the mood (“This one looks like a snake that has swallowed a turtle,” says a hen about the aquatic Elasmosaurus). The irreverent tone should keep kids entertained as they learn about dinosaurs and their descendants. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
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The stylized, textured illustrations fill the spreads and burst with color and shapes—School Library Journal Colorful patterned borders hem in each father and son, while the animals fill all the rest of the available space—Kirkus
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"Amazing news," reports one chicken to the others as this book begins. Dinosaurs are supposed to be the chickens' ancestors. Across each double page we see a statement about a framed picture of a particular dinosaur. Around the edges, in notes and speech balloons of the chickens, are factual notes and humorous questions. Fourteen dinosaurs and flying reptiles are included, from the well-known Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops to the less familiar Elasmosaurus and Archaeopteryx. All are reviewed on the end pages with their dates. Along with wisecracks, the chicken comments move us along to the conclusion of one: "From now on my name is Chickesaurus Rex!" The bold humor is interpreted in illustrations with thick black outlines and intense colors. These are naturalistic portraits, mainly side views, and each dinosaur appearing against a solid color background, with no attempt at landscape. The chickens and chicks in the borders contrast with the large animals, adding to the comedy along with the information. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—In this humorous look at evolution, Prap makes the case that all modern-day birds, including chickens, are descended from dinosaurs. The book's illustrations are fun and well-laid-out, and the witty text is chock-full of information. A group of chickens makes snarky comments about their disparate relatives ("We never had such strange-looking types in our family!") and side notes provide interesting details about the "terrible lizards." Dino lovers will clamor for this title.—Katie Cerasale-Messina, AC Whelan Elementary School, Revere, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Loaded with appeal for confirmed young fans, this import surrounds thick-lined, grainy, colored cartoon portraits of 14 dinosaurs with an awed audience of modern dino-descendants-which is to say, chickens. Separated by artful placement on each spread, the commentary (which is delivered by an excited hen) comes on three levels: a short headline ("DINOSAURS LAID EGGS, JUST LIKE CHICKENS!"); a basic introduction to each dino's individual features and habits; and a block of additional detail or background information. The picture gallery closes with a charted family tree, and the ongoing tide of snarky side comments from the peanut gallery ("If this one looks anything like me, I'm going to get a new face!") culminates in a hatchling's proud proclamation, "From now on my name is Chickesaurus Rex!" From now on human visitors to the henhouse had better watch their step. (Informational picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735822849
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

LILIJANA PRAPROTNIK ZUPANCIC (LILA PRAP) loves to draw animals and was a nominee for the 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration.

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