Inside-Outside Dinosaurs

Inside-Outside Dinosaurs

by Roxie Munro
     
 

There is a giant dinosaur, a flying reptile, a dinosaur with plates and spikes on its body, and even baby dinosaurs cracking out of their shells.There is a ferocious dinosaur that eats meat and vegetarian dinosaurs that hide from the carnivores. Look inside the dinosaurs, and you’ll see a dynamic view of eight dinosaur skeletons. Look outside the dinosaurs,

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There is a giant dinosaur, a flying reptile, a dinosaur with plates and spikes on its body, and even baby dinosaurs cracking out of their shells.There is a ferocious dinosaur that eats meat and vegetarian dinosaurs that hide from the carnivores. Look inside the dinosaurs, and you’ll see a dynamic view of eight dinosaur skeletons. Look outside the dinosaurs, and you’ll see sweeping paintings of these creatures as they once lived on our planet. But watch out for the T. rex! Fun facts, a list of further reading, and online resources are also included.

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This large-format book offers paired double-page spreads showing each featured dinosaur twice. In the first spread, a black-and-gray skeleton in a dramatic pose stands out clearly against a white background. The dinosaur's scientific name appears in bold red letters, and, in smaller black type, the name's meaning is given. The second spread portrays the living dinosaur within its habitat. Typically these pictures, indiaink drawings washed with colors, depict action in the background or foreground. For instance, a Parasaurolophus tends her hatching eggs along with others of her species; the swampy woodland scene shows five other types of dinosaurs, including two Pachycephalosaurs butting their heads together. An appended section offers a bit of information about each species and identifies all the dinosaurs in the action scenes. The book concludes with lists of recommended books and Internet sites. Eye-catching illustrations and minimal text make this a good choice for young dino fans.
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Dinosaur lovers from three to ninety-three will happily pore over Munro's celebration of dinosaurs. In each spread, the text is limited to a labels of the featured dinosaur's name. The official name appears in giant red letters at the top left corner, while the English-language meaning appears in smaller black letters in the lower right corner. For example, the first spread introduces us to Brachiosaurus, explained as "armed lizard." Spreading over the two pages is a drawing of that dinosaur's skeleton. The next page spread shows the fleshed-out version in a picture that includes other dinosaurs and creatures that lived during the same time period. At the end of the book, Munro provides a key with a nice snippet of information about the featured dinosaur as well as a color code that labels the other dinosaurs in the spread. This flexible format allows the "expert" readers to have all the fun of showing off their ability to name attributes and companions of the major dinosaurs while providing a way to check themselves. This should be a hot item in museum bookstores as well as in school and classroom libraries. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Munro opens a wonderful window into a long-extinct world for young dinophiles. First, viewers see an oversize skeleton, such as might be seen in a museum, complete with scientific name (Stegosaurus) and English translation ("plated lizard"). A flip of the page reveals a fully fleshed-out specimen in a typical habitat, complete with landscape, plants, and other prehistoric critters. Seven favorites are included (think T. rex and Triceratops) as well as a lone non-dinosaurian Pteranodon. Following this impressive gallery is a section of small black-and-white drawings of the habitat scenes, with colored dots identifying the other animals in the landscape, plus a paragraph of data on the featured reptile. While each of these scenes mentions the period in which the dinosaur lived and its age in millions of years, there is no time line to pin these days in easily comprehended geological order. After all, the Cretaceous alone spanned over 75 million years, and a late Cretaceous dweller like T. rex could never have met a late Jurassic Stegosaurus. More complex than Byron Barton's evocative Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones (HarperCollins, 1990) and simpler than Gail Gibbons's Dinosaurs! (Holiday House, 2008), this title will be greeted with sighs of satisfaction by the younger set.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Munro moves from architecture to paleontology for her latest Inside-Outside album, portraying each of eight familiar dinosaurs as a fossil skeleton and then, on the next spread, fleshing the specimen out and posing it in an open, natural setting with several other creatures of the same era. Though she takes a conservative course in using pale colors and only occasionally depicting skin with stripes or other patterns, young dinophiles will relish the cleanly drawn details and (on the alternate spreads) non-gory, easy-to-follow predator-prey chases in the backgrounds. Except for name labels (and their transliterations into English) there is no text until the closing visual keys, which are linked to a few sentences of basic information about each dinosaur plus identifications of other animals visible in each scene. Pre-readers in particular will be drawn to this prehistoric primer. (bibliography, web resources) (Informational picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761456247
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
09/09/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 11 Years

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