How Dinosaurs Really Work!

Overview

Get to know the truth about dinosaurs—inside and out—in this zany, irreverent take on the popular prehistoric critters, from the New York Times Best Illustrated creator of How Dogs Really Work.

Studying dinosaurs is dangerous work. After all, their sharp teeth and monstrously large appetites would make easy work of anyone within jaw’s reach.

But our fearless investigator remains undaunted. Alan Snow, known for his previous explorations into the...

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Overview

Get to know the truth about dinosaurs—inside and out—in this zany, irreverent take on the popular prehistoric critters, from the New York Times Best Illustrated creator of How Dogs Really Work.

Studying dinosaurs is dangerous work. After all, their sharp teeth and monstrously large appetites would make easy work of anyone within jaw’s reach.

But our fearless investigator remains undaunted. Alan Snow, known for his previous explorations into the lives of both Santa Claus and dogs, has turned his clever attention to these ancient reptiles. And thanks to his inside look at what makes dinosaurs tick, you’ll get the answers to all your prehistoric questions: What color were the dinosaurs? Where did they all go? And just how sharp were their teeth?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Wondering what makes dinosaurs tick? With enough information and pronunciation guides about familiar prehistoric reptiles such as Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Velociraptor to make readers comfortable, this learn-about book also offers new information to spark interest and repeated reading. Some of the lesser well-known dinosaurs Pterosaur, Protoceratops, Pachycephalosaurus, Therizinosauras, Carnotaurus, Jeholopterus and Tsintaosaurus Spinorhinus are discussed with brief descriptions. Eleven double-page spreads highlight a unique and entertaining page design supporting and complimenting text and illustrations. The illustrations, rendered in pen, ink and computer colorization, tell as much a story as the text. Along with a dash of humor in the form of Dino Jokes and learning in the form of Dino Facts, the book develops literacy skills while focusing on content learning related to science and social studies. Information is delivered in a fun, imaginative and informative way using snippets of facts and dinosaur cartoon-like illustrations. Ever wonder where the dinosaurs have gone? The author has a double-spread devoted to the many theories as to why they died out. Another double-page spread describes creatures living during the time of dinosaurs and still alive today. Some, like the sea urchin, existed even before dinosaurs. This title will appeal to both adults and children and will provide the reader with new information at every reading. A delightful, information-packed book very different in some respects but a worthwhile read. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442482944
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 806,732
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Snow is a well-known author and illustrator of children’s books and has also worked in many fields of design and animation. He has written two novels, Here Be Monsters! and Worse Things Happen at Sea!, both set in the wonderfully weird world of Ratbridge. He lives in Bath, England.

Alan Snow is a well-known author and illustrator of children’s books and has also worked in many fields of design and animation. He has written two novels, Here Be Monsters! and Worse Things Happen at Sea!, both set in the wonderfully weird world of Ratbridge. He lives in Bath, England.

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