Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time

Overview

In the year 1860, biologist and explorer Arthur Denison and his son, Will, set out on a sea voyage of discovery and adventure. When a powerful typhoon wrecks the ship in uncharted waters, Arthur and Will are the sole survivors. Washed ashore on a strange island called Dinotopia, they are amazed to find a breathtaking world where cities are built on waterfalls, people have found new ways to fly, and humans and dinosaurs live together in harmony. With new discoveries at every turn, Arthur and Will embark upon their...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (19) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $65.00   
  • Used (18) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$65.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(136)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

In the year 1860, biologist and explorer Arthur Denison and his son, Will, set out on a sea voyage of discovery and adventure. When a powerful typhoon wrecks the ship in uncharted waters, Arthur and Will are the sole survivors. Washed ashore on a strange island called Dinotopia, they are amazed to find a breathtaking world where cities are built on waterfalls, people have found new ways to fly, and humans and dinosaurs live together in harmony. With new discoveries at every turn, Arthur and Will embark upon their own separate journeys to unearth the mysteries of Dinotopia.

In 1862, after being shipwrecked in uncharted seas, Professor Arthur Denison and his twelve-year-old son Will find themselves washed up on a strange island where people and dinosaurs live together peacefully.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Posing as a 19th-century scientist's travel sketchbook, this entertaining hybrid mates the visual appeal of the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady with a Jules Verne-like tale of Dinotopia, a land where dinosaurs and humans coexist. The scientist and his son travel around it, and the son grows up and falls in love. This unimaginative narrative exists mainly as a framework for the copious illustrations, which show breathtakingly exotic but impossible sights, such as a canyon city of people and flying dinosaurs, as well as amusing sketches of domestic scenes. The result is an enjoyable pastiche, full of visual references to cultures from Oz to Thailand and flavored with a Robert Fulghum-inspired philosophy: ``Observe, listen, and learn. Do one thing at a time'' (from the Code of Dinotopia). Though too superficial for the serious fantasy reader, this volume is great fun to browse through, and should find its way on to many coffee tables. 400,000 first printing; BOMC featured alternate; QPB selection; author tour. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-- Arthur Denison, a Victorian scientist, and his son Will are shipwrecked on an amazing island . Here, dinosaurs live in harmony with a colony of humans, made up of other marooned travelers and their descendants. Will and his father are fascinated by the technology of their new home. They visit a hatchery, a blacksmith in Volcaneum, and a city built on waterfalls. The boy is most impressed by the Skybax Riders, people who are trained to fly on winged reptiles. Deciding to join them, he goes through their rigorous training program. In the meantime, his father finds a route to the dinosaur underground, a mythic place referred to in old dinosaur tales. He returns to find his son has ``earned his wings,'' but his discoveries are saved for (one assumes) another book. This fairytale will capture the interests of older fantasy readers--those perhaps, who enjoy the ``Lord of the Rings'' trilogy (Houghton), or Lewis's ``Narnia'' series (Macmillan). Younger readers, too, will be enticed by the dramatic, full-color illustrations, which include both panoramic sweeps of the utopian cities and detailed sketches of Dinotopian contraptions. While the women are more active than their Victorian counterparts, the adventurers here are still Will and Dad. Also, the illustrations tend to portray nonwhite Dinotopians as exotics, a stereotype better left in the past. Overall, the success of this story depends upon readers' ability to accept these creatures as peaceful, intelligent herbivores. Advanced readers who find sharp-toothed carnivores more to their liking may prefer a visit to Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park (Knopf, 1990), for a not-so-tame tale also set on a dinosaur isle. --Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
Denia Hester
ger for reading aloud. The year is 1862, and the world is ripe for exploration. Biologist Arthur Denison and his young son, Will, set sail from Boston on a sea voyage Professor Denison hopes will ease Will's pain after the recent death of his mother; but their small schooner is destroyed by a typhoon in uncharted waters. Reaching shore with the help of friendly dolphins, the Denisons find themselves on a strange island inhabited by dinosaurs and humans living together in a peaceful, cooperative society. So begins the story told through Professor Denison's detailed and enthusiastic journal. The two castaways have stumbled onto a kinder, gentler world where reptilian wisdom has a decidedly Zen flavor: "Breathe Deep. Seek Peace. Although we find every kind of dinosaur here, it is the humans who catch our attention--characters like Tok Timbu, a blue-eyed African descended from a Yoruba king, and Nallab the librarian, who looks like a wizard gone to seed. As father and son travel the terrain that is Dinotopia, Gurney's vision unfolds via spectacular paintings that illuminate the sweeping vistas of Waterfall City and Canyon City as well as the uncharacteristically sensitive faces of the dinosaur mentors. This is the kind of lap book that readers will pore over for hours, studying the intricate drawings of dinosaur hatcheries and ingenious gadgets of every kind. As satisfying a story as it is, we are still left wanting more, since a mystery remains about what Professor Denison discovered in the forbidden World Beneath.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060280031
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Dinotopia Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.69 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

James Gurney's fantasy art has appeared on the covers of more than 70 books, and his art appears regularly in National Geographic. He is the author and illustrator of Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time, Dinotopia: The World Beneath, and is currently working on his third Dinotopia book, which will be published in Fall 2000. He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State with his family.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 12 Customer Reviews
  • Posted November 15, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    Perfect for dino & fantasy lovers of ALL ages

    This book is so original & captivating, & the illustrations are quite a treat! I got this book when I was a child, & fell in love with the world of Dinotopia immediately. I'm 23 years old now & it still holds a spot on my "favorites" shelf...not to mention I still like to fancy that a world like Dinotopia truly exists :)<BR/><BR/>This book is the journal of a shipwrecked father & son who find themselves on a remote island where dinosaurs & humans coexist in harmony, long hidden from "modern" civilization. Whole cities & villages have been built around this dino-human partnership, with needs of both species perfectly fulfilled. The story is supported by fantastic sketches depicting dino & human inhabitants, local flora, & the trappings of every day Dinotopian life. The detail that Mr. Gurney put into his drawings & into this world is amazing & makes the story so believable. There are, for example, several beautiful pages with drawings of a dinosaur hatchery & its workings, complete with "handwritten" notes explaining the purpose of each room, machine, & employee (both dino & human!).<BR/><BR/>This book will fire up the imaginations of children & adults alike! Definitely a must-read & must-own.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2007

    Hydok's review

    ¿I realized that we were being threatened by ¿ and I hesitate even now to set this down ¿ by living members of the class of vertebrates known as Dinosauria!¿ The narrator of James Gurney¿s Dinotopia, an American named Arthur Denison supposedly penned these words in 1862. Arthur Denison and his son Will are shipwrecked on the island of Dinotopia, on which humans and dinosaurs live together in harmony. They learn the language, attempt to fit in with the culture, and find that they have no reason to leave. Dinotopia is not a book about conflict or trouble, instead, it is a journal-like story about a man and his son learning to live in an alien culture. The story is well written, in an old-fashioned, eloquent style. It was illustrated by the author with truly stunning paintings of dinosaurs, people, and places. I loved the book, both because of the story and the art. Because of the matter-of-fact style of writing, I almost forgot at times that the story was pure fantasy. I have loved the story of Dinotopia almost as long as I can remember, and I would recommend the series to anyone who reads. Dinotopia: A land apart from time is the first in a series, there is currently one other book, Dinotopia: The world beneath. Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2007.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2004

    The original Dinotopia

    This is a wonderfully engaging story, but the thing I enjoyed most about this book were the captivating pictures. They brightened every page with rich color and detail, and were windows into the world of Dinotopia.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    Dinotopia-good book

    I bought this book several years ago for a couple of boys that I used to babysit for who loved dinosaurs. It is a good book. Very colorful full page pictures. If you like Dinosaurs this would be a good book of choice

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2001

    A must read for adventurer and artist alike

    Dinotopia captivated me mostly beacuse the idea of a world with humans and dinosaurs is ingenious. No one else could ever have done a better job. Gurney creates a world of people that you learn to love and cultures that you believe for real. Any adventurous child or adult find themselves lost in a world so real it is beleivable. On another note, the artwork is lavishly beautiful. The characters look real and even little detais, such as tools they use, are shown. I enjoyed this book as a child and even now that I am in eleventh grade. A well developed plot, even a moral, and great artwork, what more could a reader ask for? I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2000

    Dinotopia Rules!!!!!!

    Dinotopia is the best book ever!!! I've always dreamed of living with dinosaurs since I was in Kindergarten.It's a must-read!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2000

    Five stars for dinosaur lovers.

    If you love dinosaurs, give this book five stars, otherwise give it four stars. This book is amazing. First, the artwork is terrific: skillful, beautiful, cute, and in a fantasy style like Roger Dean or others. Next, most everything is well thought-out: scientific names, culture, history, maps, music, etc. The same species (some real, some fantasy) reappear consistently throughout. It's hard to separate real from fantasy at times. Somehow the author has created an entire history, culture, country, and ecosystem, nearly all of which is believable--a very impressive feat. Next, it's a very inspiring and possibly a valuable vision of utopia. The Tentpole palace in the mountains seemed to be modeled after Antarctica landscapes, really fired my imagination, and got me wondering if a castle like that could really be built. The first night I read it I had wonderful dreams that night. It must be great book to show/read to children before bed. I kept thinking about it for the next 2-3 days. New, creative ideas for modes of living, architecture, and harmony with nature and animals.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2000

    This book is beautifuly written.

    This book was a fabulous display of creative writing. Gurney once again proves that he is the master of the pen.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2000

    I loved it

    I think it was just plane great. It was a real catch. I am really glad that it is a popular choice for kids my owne age rather that pokemon. To give a book this ratting is not easy for me to do. I really think you should read this book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

    Dinotopia: Great entertainment

    Dinotopia has to be bar-none the most inventive children's book I have ever seen. Filled with extraordinary pictures and a remarkable storyline, it is a triumph and every child should be exposed to its originality, emotion, and beauty. Although it may be a bit long for younger children, the pictures allow you to fall into the story without reading the entire manuscript, in fact there are several pages devoted only to the paintings. I highly reccommend this book to adults and children alike. This is a wonderful journey that will captivate the reader into the World of Dinotopia

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 12 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)