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How to Keep Dinosaurs
     

How to Keep Dinosaurs

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by Robert Mash, Richard Dawkins (Foreword by)
 

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(Burst) Now—escaped form the juvenile catalog and running wild with adults!

It’s funny, it’s fun—an irrestible “spoof”!

With tongue planted firmly in cheek, this “dino owner’s manual” amusingly explains what every human must know before adopting a new saurus. Find out what should go into the basic

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(Burst) Now—escaped form the juvenile catalog and running wild with adults!

It’s funny, it’s fun—an irrestible “spoof”!

With tongue planted firmly in cheek, this “dino owner’s manual” amusingly explains what every human must know before adopting a new saurus. Find out what should go into the basic toolkit (a stout shovel is helpful and so are reinforced gauntlets); which species thrive in household life and which will cause BIG problems; and what dinosaurs are just right for circuses and zoos, in security, and for giving eggs and meat. For every dinosaur covered, there’s information on feeding, breeding, housing, and availability; maps of where they lived; details on weight and size; as well as other pertinent facts. The illustrations cleverly mix photography and art to bring humans and dinos together for the first time.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-A highly entertaining satire based on the notion that people keep dinosaurs as pets. The premise is maintained with tongue in cheek from the foreword to closing acknowledgments. In between are more than 50 care guides for various prehistoric reptiles. Starting with easier pets such as "compies" (Compsognathus) and recreational species ("Ornithomimus is a delight to ride-as long you can avoid trotting"), readers learn about the general qualities of each creature as well as feeding, housing, breeding, and availability. Subsequent chapters include flying pets, security dinosaurs, and those suitable for zoos and safari parks, as well as species kept for their eggs, meat, hides, and feathers. DK-style page layouts include inset photos of the dinosaurs, sometimes demonstrating one of their talents, such as the trainable Troodon making toast. Occasional full-page photos are especially funny; one example shows a well-dressed man walking his Nodosaurus with a large shovel prepared for clean up. The physical descriptions relate scientific fact, while the added funny bits often expand on actual characteristics. Mash consistently sticks to his deadpan voice so the frequent jokes stay fresh and unpredictable. Completely new illustrations, a reworked layout, and several new dinosaurs make this is a successful update of the first edition (Viking, 1983; o.p.). Adults might be the most appropriate audience here, given the sophisticated vocabulary and occasional ribald humor. However, older dinosaur aficionados with a taste for irreverence will love it, and it has great potential for booktalking.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780297843474
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Edition description:
Revised & Updated
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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How to Keep Dinosaurs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully funny - has been a great hit with young relatives, so I'm getting a fifth copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago