Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia

Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia

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by David Burnie, John Sibbick
     
 

Come jaw-to-jaw with an amazing array of awe-inspiring prehistoric reptiles and other incredible creatures in this dramatic trek back in time to the dawn of life on our planet and the age of the dinosaurs. Spectacular, full-color illustrations, photographs, and realistic dinosaur reconstructions based on the latest scientific discoveries bring each creature to life

Overview

Come jaw-to-jaw with an amazing array of awe-inspiring prehistoric reptiles and other incredible creatures in this dramatic trek back in time to the dawn of life on our planet and the age of the dinosaurs. Spectacular, full-color illustrations, photographs, and realistic dinosaur reconstructions based on the latest scientific discoveries bring each creature to life. The text combines hard facts about dinosaurs with interesting and intriguing details about their lifestyle and behavior. Species spreads detail the members of specific dinosaur families, giving information about their habitats and behavior, sizes, and the locations of fossil finds, while special subject spreads focus on various aspects of dinosaur life. Packed with dramatic photographs and illustrations, this colorful volume is an indispensable reference for young dinosaur enthusiasts and a captivating resource for the whole family. Special Features: Comprehensive, chronological encyclopedia of dinosaurs through the ages. Timelines give a visual guide to prehistoric periods. Up-to-the-minute research focuses on the latest finds. Includes glossary and general index.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia by David Burnie is comprehensive in scope. Full-color photographs and dramatic drawings illustrate the dense but clearly laid out text while a timeline running across the top of each page plants readers firmly along the continuum. ” —Publishers Weekly

“One of the strongest features of this information-packed work lies in the many illustrations sprinkled across virtually every page. Artist John Sibbick does a splendid job of interpreting and recreating the habitat and habits of dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals. This is an outstanding reference book and one that youngsters with a bent for the ancient "Terrible Lizards" will want to possess. ” —Children's Literature

“More demanding and more up-to-date than Dougal Dixon's The Macmillan Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals (1988), this new fodder for budding paleontologists will be met with pleased approbation.” —School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
The Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia by David Burnie is comprehensive in scope. Full-color photographs and dramatic drawings illustrate the dense but clearly laid out text while a timeline running across the top of each page plants readers firmly along the continuum. A glossary and index are included along with a list of Web sites for further learning. ( Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Dinosaurs have historically captured the imagination of many people in a unique way. Those massive and sometimes bizarre behemoths that strode across the landscape of the distant past are so unusual in their natures that modern readers continue to clamber for more information about them. Here, in David Burnie's Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia, these ancient creatures and their fossil remains are brought to life via a wonderfully informative text and striking illustrations. Arranged chronologically, with special features on the presumed habits of these long gone creatures, this comprehensive book will fascinate readers with an interest in these extinct reptiles. One of the strongest features of this information-packed work lies in the many illustrations sprinkled across virtually every page. Artist John Sibbick does a splendid job of interpreting and recreating the habitat and habits of dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals. This combination of a fact-filled story line and realistic imagery provides readers with a virtual treasure trove of knowledge about creatures that once dominated the world. This is an outstanding reference book and one that youngsters with a bent for the ancient "Terrible Lizards" will want to possess. 2002, Kingfisher, Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 5-10-A chronology of life on Earth from its earliest beginnings in a primordial sea to a brief look at the Tertiary and Quaternary (including a quick flick into human evolution). Divided into broad subjects ("The Age of Ancient Life," "Armored Dinosaurs," etc.), which are again subdivided ("The Burgess Shale," "Triassic animals," etc.), the book focuses on dinosaurs, but provides a broad spectrum of other life-forms and the evolutionary landscapes in which they lived. With a longer and more cohesive text than David Lambert's Dinosaur Encyclopedia (DK, 2001), this volume demands a more concentrated effort to read. However, Burnie's style is quite approachable and should prove no problem to determined dinophiles. A time line across the tops of relevant pages allows easy placement in time of referenced animals. The numerous illustrations are colorful and inviting; color photos are used where possible. Diagrams include such disparate subjects as a stegosaurian nervous system and a cladogram of advanced therapods (the sole mention of cladistics in the book, other than the glossary). Theories on dinosaur endothermia, the cause of mass extinctions, and the course of bird evolution are included. Though a list of Web sites is given, no further readings are suggested, and no bibliographic/source notes are provided. More demanding and more up-to-date than Dougal Dixon's The Macmillan Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals (1988), this new fodder for budding paleontologists will be met with pleased approbation.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753452875
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Series:
Kingfisher Encyclopedias Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.97(w) x 10.74(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

David Burnie is an accomplished zoologist who was a nature reserve ranger before becoming a natural history author and editor. A prolific writer of many books, including several on dinosaurs, he has seen many of his titles win educational awards and science prizes. His titles forKingfisher include Kingfisher Knowledge: Endangered Planet and The Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia, which was nominated for the Aventis Prize for Science Books in 2002.

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