Not all dinosaurs were created equal—some had feathers, others had huge sails made of skin on their backs, some species hunted in packs like wolves or lions and one dinosaur had claws that were over three feet long! These dinosaurs arent just strange, they are extreme. Artist Luis Rey draws upon the latest scientific information to bring astounding new visions of dinosaurs to life. With colorful, detailed images and incredible new findings from Asia, South America, and even the South Pole, Extreme Dinosaurs ...
Not all dinosaurs were created equal—some had feathers, others had huge sails made of skin on their backs, some species hunted in packs like wolves or lions and one dinosaur had claws that were over three feet long! These dinosaurs arent just strange, they are extreme. Artist Luis Rey draws upon the latest scientific information to bring astounding new visions of dinosaurs to life. With colorful, detailed images and incredible new findings from Asia, South America, and even the South Pole, Extreme Dinosaurs reveals fascinating facts from the ever-growing fossil record that dinosaur lovers will surely devour!
Extreme Dinosaurs by Luis Rey takes the latest information about the newest dinosaur discoveries and paints the ancient creatures as they might have looked. While viewing these magnificent portraits, readers learn that the Carnotaurus, a two-legged dinosaur whose name means "meat-eating bull," was found in Argentina in 1985. The artwork shows its horns (which is why it earned its bullish name), its flat face, its "squat snout" and its tiny arms. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From The Critics
Extremely interesting, vividly illustrated with acrylics, and packed with facts, this book showcases many of the most unusual dinosaurs thus far discovered in fossil finds around the world, including those recently discovered in Asia, South America, and Antarctica. The author is an illustrator, researcher, sculptor, anatomist, model designer, and amateur paleontologist who lives and works in London. His notes about many of his illustrations add a fascinating dimension to this unique book. A glossary, index, and dinosaur timeline are included. A must have addition to the family, school, or library collection, this is also a the dino enthusiast. 2001, Chronicle Books, $16.95. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: M. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-Eye-catching illustrations and an enthusiastic text make this an appealing addition. After an introduction focusing on dinosaur evolution, species are grouped by the continent on which they were discovered, including the first fossils found in 19th-century Europe, the first Tyrannosaurus rex in North America, and the 1996 discovery of the feathered Sinosauropteryx in China. Rey's acrylic paintings feature vivid color and light along with action-packed scenes. Some of the illustrations depict dinosaurs from different eras in the same setting, but the author explains his reasons for this, usually related to demonstrating visually the evolution of similar species. The paintings reflect current speculation about ancient reptiles; Rey paints a very birdlike Deinonychus, which some, but not all, scientists now believe may have been possible. Some of the artwork has appeared in other children's titles. The text flows fairly smoothly and the author's fascination with paleontology and art comes through. At times, though, there is an awkward shift between the strictly scientific voice and the more conversational enthusiastic presentation, with an overuse of such words as "bizarre," "strange," and "weird" in dinosaur descriptions. In general, however, the book succeeds as both an appreciation of these fascinating creatures and a useful, up-to-date, and visually attractive resource about a perennially popular topic.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
A talented artist specializing in dinosaurs pulls out all the stops in his first solo showcase for young fans. Serving up scene after mesmerizing scene featuring brilliantly colored, gorgeously feathered, spined, or wattled creatures, generally engaged in attack or defense, Rey incorporates recent discoveries and theories, but also lets his imagination roam free. He pairs dinosaurs that actually lived in different eras and reconstructs tableaux based on fragmentary fossil evidence. His enthusiasm for the whole subject, as well as his careful research, come out clearly in the accompanying commentary, as he introduces most of the dinosaurs portrayed while carefully separating fact from speculation and pointing out the liberties he's taken. There's plenty of posed violence here, but save for the deceptively titled "Tyrannosaurus Rex Family Life," and a few other exceptions, explicit mayhem is toned down. Though a list of books or Web sites would not have gone amiss, serious students of the prehistoric will attack this with the same eagerness as casual browsers. (Nonfiction. 8-12)