Jurassic Poop: What Dinosaurs (and Others) Left Behind

Overview

Left by an animal long ago, this durable doo-doo survived the long journey through the ages. It started out stinky, but now it's frozen, dried or turned to rock. To a scientist, it's anything but gross -- it's a priceless artifact that can help piece together the puzzle of ancient life. Funny and informative, Jurassic Poop is flush with amazing facts, stories and activities. Learn how to spot ancient poop imposters. Meet dung detectives getting to the bottom of history's hind-end mysteries. Find out how poop gets...
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Overview

Left by an animal long ago, this durable doo-doo survived the long journey through the ages. It started out stinky, but now it's frozen, dried or turned to rock. To a scientist, it's anything but gross -- it's a priceless artifact that can help piece together the puzzle of ancient life. Funny and informative, Jurassic Poop is flush with amazing facts, stories and activities. Learn how to spot ancient poop imposters. Meet dung detectives getting to the bottom of history's hind-end mysteries. Find out how poop gets preserved and discover what it can tell us about dinosaurs, humans and many other animals from long ago. So hold your nose and take a journey back in time to see what tales ancient poop has to tell.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Technically, the book is superbly organized, and written in a zippy, engaging style that balances fact with fun? any young reader fascinated with prehistoric life will love Jurassic Poop.

Technically, the book is superbly organized, and written in a zippy, engaging style that balances fact with fun? any young reader fascinated with prehistoric life will love Jurassic Poop.

The young and the curious will enjoy the presentation of a seemingly infinite amount of information ? as much as the subject matter itself.

The young and the curious will enjoy the presentation of a seemingly infinite amount of information ? as much as the subject matter itself.

Kirkus Reviews
Preserved excrement, whether dried, frozen or turned to rock, can provide all kinds of information to scientists. The "e-e-eew factor" is only part of the appeal of this lively introduction to coprolites-fossil feces. Photographs and cartoon illustrations accompany a breezy but fact-filled text explaining coprolite formation and identification, introducing some researchers and giving examples of their findings. From the dinosaur teaser in the title, cover illustration and opening chapter, the author goes on to include examples of all kinds of feces, from insects and fish to human. Readers are directly addressed and occasionally given a chance to try out their learning in quick quizzes. While the prose makes heavy use of puns ("Solve the Case of Who Dung It!"), the broad humor is appropriate to the subject and for the middle-grade reader. The acknowledgements in the introduction make clear the scientific basis for the information, and the book concludes with a glossary, quiz answers and an index. Compare with the more traditional approach of Dino Dung (2005), from the Step Into Reading series. (Nonfiction. 8-12)
Quill & Quire Starred Review
Technically, the book is superbly organized, and written in a zippy, engaging style that balances fact with fun? any young reader fascinated with prehistoric life will love Jurassic Poop.
The Globe and Mail
The young and the curious will enjoy the presentation of a seemingly infinite amount of information ? as much as the subject matter itself.
Bulletin of the Centre for Children’s Books
Berkowitz’ style is goofy and lighthearted, but there’s plenty of real information ? this is an effectively wacky look at a revealing if odd branch of science.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553378679
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 888,513
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacob Berkowitz is a science writer who lives near Ottawa, Ontario. He has written for The Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen and other publications. Jurassic Poop is his first book for children.

Steve Mack is an illustrator who has illustrated many books including, Jurassic Poop, Hide and Seek Dinosaurs and Steve Mack's ABC. When not illustrating for children's book publishing he illustrates for the greeting card field and has produced work for Hallmark,American Greetings and many others. He now lives on a small farm in Saskatchewan, Canada with his wife and two small children.

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