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Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintingsby Douglas Florian
This book is full of dinosaurs, Both carnivores and herbivores. You’ll find a big Iguanodon, As well as clever Tro-o-don. There’s Spinosaurus and T. rex, Plus plesiosaurs with GIANT necks . . . Step back in time in this fossil-filled collection that explores the prehistoric era with Douglas Florian’s singular wit and style. In twenty funny and
This book is full of dinosaurs, Both carnivores and herbivores. You’ll find a big Iguanodon, As well as clever Tro-o-don. There’s Spinosaurus and T. rex, Plus plesiosaurs with GIANT necks . . . Step back in time in this fossil-filled collection that explores the prehistoric era with Douglas Florian’s singular wit and style. In twenty funny and factual poems, he brings dinosaurs to life—illuminating the natural history of these amazing creatures as well as their unique and quirky characteristics.
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Florian's free-flowing, witty collection of poems and collages about dinosaurs is a giganotosaurus delight-perhaps his best work ever. The poems marry facts with a poet's eye for detail: the Brachiosaurus was "longer than a tennis court" and the Ankylosaurus says, "We like spikes and we like scutes/ (Bony plates we wear as suits)." Small experts will appreciate the "Glossarysaurus" at the end, but the heart of the book is in its humor, the spontaneity of both illustrations and poems, and Florian's slightly askew view of the Mesozoic creatures. A Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton spews cutout images of things a T. rex might actually have eaten, along with a tumble of other things (newspaper clippings, a boot, a building), while the text ends with a great pun ("I find it terrific/ That it's T-rex-tinct"). The tiny (20-inch) Micropachycephalosaurus stares up at a huge display of his enormous name spelled out phonetically, in illuminated caps and as a rhombus. Art and text will encourage aspiring paleontologists and poets to parse these pages again and again. Ages 6-up. (Mar.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Set in spreads of dreamy dinosaur art, these 20 playful paleontologic poems overflow with wit and useful information. "What kept the Spinosaurus warm/When it was colder than the norm?/Spines much like a solar panel./(And long underwear of flannel.)" Sandwiched between two general poems entitled "The Age of Dinosaurs" and "The End of Dinosaurs," the entries describe individual species. Each selection includes a helpful pronunciation guide as well as the meaning behind the dinosaur's name. In muted colors with unexpected details, the ethereal artwork differs from the bold, aggressive pictures found in many dinosaur books. Created on paper bags with a variety of media, this collage art expands on the humor found in the verses. Back matter includes a "Glossarysaurus" that provides more information for each dinosaur and details about its extinction, and a page of dinosaur museums and fossil Web sites. This smart marriage of dinosaurs and poetry will delight a wide audience.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
- Beach Lane Books
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- 10.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Douglas Florian is the creator of many award-winning picture books, including Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars, which received three starred reviews and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year; Lizards, Frogs, and Polliwogs, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book; and Insectlopedia, an ALA Notable Children’s Book and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. He lives in New York.
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