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Dinosaurs (Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series)

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by Robert Sabuda, Matthew Reinhart

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From renowned pop-up masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart comes an awe-inspiring tribute to the world's most beloved extinct animals and their 180-million-year reign on our planet.

Open this book and a massive T. REX springs out, flashing a startling jawful of jagged teeth. Turn the next spread and a ravishing raptor unfurls and appears to fly off the


From renowned pop-up masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart comes an awe-inspiring tribute to the world's most beloved extinct animals and their 180-million-year reign on our planet.

Open this book and a massive T. REX springs out, flashing a startling jawful of jagged teeth. Turn the next spread and a ravishing raptor unfurls and appears to fly off the edge of the page. Inside the amazing ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS are "shield bearers" in full-body armor, creatures with frilly headgear, and weighty, long-necked giants. There are even amusing tidbits on the history of paleontology itself — like a pop-up version of a Victorian New Year's dinner in the belly of a dinosaur model, or a pair of scientists locked in a literal tug-of-war over bones.

Full of fascinating facts and lighthearted good humor, this breathtaking book includes fascinating, up-to-the-minute information about popular dinosaurs as well as many lesser-known varieties. With each of six spreads featuring one spectacular, large pop-up as well as booklets of smaller pop-ups and text, ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS is a magnificent display of paper engineering and creativity — an astonishing book that will be read, admired, and treasured forever.

Editorial Reviews

Dinosaurs went extinct more than 60 million years ago, but these prehistoric creatures still ensnare our attention. In Dinosaurs: Encyclopedia Prehistorica, two award-winning pop-up artists combine their skills to present ravishing raptors and heavy, long-necked giants in all their majesty and strangeness. Each of the book's multilayered spreads feature one spectacular, large pop-up and several booklets of smaller pop-ups and text.
Publishers Weekly
Paper engineers Sabuda (Winter's Tale, reviewed above) and Reinhart, who teamed up for The Movable Mother Goose, have a go at dinosaurs in this playful and edifying pop-up. It can be tough to concentrate on the Mesozoic Era, or on the skeletal differences between saurischians and ornithischians, with black-and-green velociraptors jumping from page gutters, a blue-green brachiosaurus towering overhead or pachycepalosaurs ("the original headbangers," with extra-bony skulls) lurking behind gatefolds. The coauthors imagine the dinosaurs as multicolored creatures, and their gecko-to-iguana-size models come in a rainbow of sky blues, rusty reddish browns, canary yellows and speckled foresty greens. In one alarming spread, an iron-red Tyrannosaurus rex with yellow teeth reaches out to nip the unsuspecting reader on the nose; this spread's lift-the-flap extras, hard to reach with T. rex's jaws in the way, include an ochre-yellow allosaurus ripping a bloody hunk of flesh from an unfortunate green herbivore. Yet for all these bells and whistles, the coauthors balance the lively 3D material with sidebars on extinction, paleontologists' discoveries (and mistakes) and practical details (stegosaurus's armor plates were "bigger than cafeteria trays"; diplodocus was "as long as two school buses"). With so many layers and moving paper parts-watercolored on all sides-readers may begin to feel like paleontologists unearthing fossils. Dino fans won't be disappointed. Ages 5-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The world of pop-ups is, indeed, in a second Golden Age, as Sabuda and Reinhart team up to display their enviable talents in this newest addition to the field. They have proven their expertise in paper engineering with past masterpieces, but they seem to have outdone themselves this time. Young people often have an obsessive interest in dinosaurs and they are guaranteed many hours of delight exploring every aspect of this detailed presentation of "terrible lizards." Sabuda and Reinhart have obviously done a lot of research and have crammed tons of facts into the book while using a lighthearted touch: "Being plant-eaters...preferred a salad any day." They also use comparisons that children can readily understand: "...swung its clubbed tail like a baseball bat" and "...as long as two school buses parked end to end." Pronunciation of dinosaur names has been provided in the blurbs about the various types of dinosaurs, which are divided into scientific groupings. The text reveals the basic history of the development of dinosaurs and some information about the study of fossilized dinosaur bones, but it is the spectacular pop-ups that steal the show. Each page features a large centralized dinosaur—imagine a HUGE T-Rex leaping out—and, as a bonus, smaller flaps that hide even more pop-ups in little booklets which serve as sidebars of information. I have observed many children looking at this fabulous book for the first time and have felt, just as they did, like exclaiming "FANTASTIC!" 2005, Candlewick, Ages 5 up.
—Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Informational tidbits appear alongside exquisitely designed pop-up constructions in this visually stunning overview of all things dinosaur. Each spread features a spectacular paper sculpture of a particular species (e.g., Ankylosaurus or Triceratops) along with a brief paragraph of text. Smaller foldout sections, which open like miniature books and also incorporate pop-ups, cover additional topics ("Dinosaur Detectives" and "Mystery Extinction") and introduce other dinosaurs and their characteristics. Rendered in warm earth tones and speckled with splashes of color, the three-dimensional creatures move with a life of their own as they gracefully extend their bodies into a full stretch or lurch toward readers with jaws open wide. Be forewarned: the book is so enticing that children will find it impossible to keep their hands off it, possibly causing problems with the delicate pop-ups.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
From capering Eoraptor, "the tiny terror of the early Triassic" to a ravening T. rex lunging up at viewers as its spread opens, this gallery of dinosaurs will elicit the "Ooooohs" of admiration that Sabuda's work always does, though it's not up to his usual standard, either visually or in paper design. Captioned by brief comments and snappy headers ("Smackdown: Dinosaur style"), the 35 or so pop-ups are arranged in small folded-down folios around a large central figure on each spread; consequently the scale is inconsistent, and some smaller models-particularly the skeletons intended to model differences between lizard-hipped and bird-hipped dinosaurs-are just complex, confusing tangles. Furthermore, the flat, mottled color scheme looks cheap rather than vibrant, and some of the popup figures (examples: the stegosaurus, the brachiosaurus [or is that an argentinosaurus? The caption isn't clear]) open into unnatural postures. The topic will make this a crowd pleaser, but not even rabid dino or Sabuda fans are likely to pay it more than a single visit. (Nonfiction pop-up. 5-10)

Product Details

Candlewick Press
Publication date:
Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
7.78(w) x 9.96(h) x 2.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Sabuda is the creator of many breathtaking pop-up books, including ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, both of which were NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers.

Matthew Reinhart is the creator of many award-winning pop-up books, including the Young Naturalist series, THE POP-UP BOOK OF PHOBIAS, and ANIMAL POPPOSITES.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Date of Birth:
March 8, 1965
Place of Birth:
Pinckney, Michigan
B.F.A., Pratt Institute, 1987

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Dinosaurs (Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our 3 year old son reads this book constantly. We read it to him every night and he spends lots of time looking at the pop up pictures on his own. It is beautifully crafted and sturdy enough to withhold a 3 year old turning the pages. I highly recommend. We plan to get the Shark book next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This pop up book is so beautiful, it deserves framing. It has not only been a delight for our 3 year old grandson but also for us. We never get tired of reading this book to him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿m amazed by the pop-ups in this book. These are truly architectural marvels of paper. If you have a child who is fascinated by dinosaurs, they will love this book. As a work of art it is beautiful.
GrandmaMimmers More than 1 year ago
These two illustrators, Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart are the BEST. To give you an idea of the complexity of this book as far as the pop ups, when you open the book you will see a giant reptile that looks like a Tyranosaurus Rex and THREE FLAPS that can be opened to view yet more popups with wonderful text all around describing dinosaur related matter. Wonderful book. It has 6 large sized popups, and like 19 (or so) flaps that open to reveal more pop ups (sometimes multiples per flap). Truly incredible, and enjoyable. I decided to put this one 'out' on my coffee table as my one year old grandson is still not at the age to enjoy this but he will in a few years. Until then, I plan to enjoy it myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Dinosaurs' is a fantastic book that all children will cherish for knowledge of their favorite giant reptiles and pre-historic creatures. After a long while, my kid still refers to this book when a question arises.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 4 year old loves dinosaurs and can name them all with facts and descriptions that continually amaze me. This book has become his prized possession. Although he has many dinosaur dictionaries and fact books, the intricate pop-ups in Sabuda's book capture his attention in a manner the the 2D books cannot compete with. The pages within pages were a wonderful surprise for all of us. I had never seen that before. Although I would not recommend this book for any hands that are rough with books, a child that can appreciate the precision of the cut-outs can really find joy in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book as a Christmas gift (2005) for my nephew Cameron. He was so impressed by the book that he insists that it remain safely on his book shelf, when not being used, so it does not get damaged. He has enjoyed every aspect of the book & referred to it after seeing the movie King Kong to show me the dinasaurs that were in the movie. He received other toys for Christmas & has yet to actually take them out of the box, but he has enjoyed this book. His older sister Kyla has also enjoyed the book. My nephew likes to read & is creative, therefore this book made an excellent gift for him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is going on the shelf for a few years or otherwise it's going to be torn to shreds by my daughter. I can't believe the details and how many pop-ups there are. It's not just the one large pop-up per page, but several smaller ones as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all of Robert Sabuda's pop-up books, and this one is just as fabulous as the others. The text is certainly written for a more mature child (probably 8-12), but my two-year old son begs me to read the 'dinosaur book' to him every night. But be warned--there is a certain T-rex that literally comes out of the book at you! It totally freaked my 4-year old nephew out! It took me reading the book to him about 3-4 times before he became accustomed to that page. It's also notable that this book will teach you, as a parent or caregiver, about paleontology. I love it when my son and I can both learn from a book!
laxlover44 More than 1 year ago
My 7 year old dinosaur loving nephew loves this book ! I bought it for him for his birthday present, and he pronounced it 'awesome' and 'the best birthday present ever'. The pop ups are amazing, and there are also tabs on each page to open. My nephew loved making the jaws of one of the dinosaurs open and close. I highly recommend this book for all dinosaur loving kids and adults !
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Evan7 More than 1 year ago
Beautifully done. Fold outs are terrific. My grandson loved it! The adults loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love pop-up books, I collect them. Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda are the kings of intricate paper mechanics. Many easily destroyed by little hands. This one is no different. At any rate, I have a comment about 'Betty's' review...above......ALL children are NOT crazy about dinosaurs, unless heavily encouraged by some 'well-meaning' adults.How narrow minded to make such a broad statement. However, Many children would probably be delighted with many pop-up books, read to them by their parents. I give them as gifts to my nieces and nephews many times. Not particularly the prehistoric animal types :)