Let's Look at Dinosaursby Frances Barry
Did you ever wonder how far a pterosaur can fly? Why the triceratops has such a large frill around its neck? Or what a pachycephalosaurus does with its bony head? Through large flaps and fold-outs, an/b>
Take a fun hands-on look at dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures with the help of striking collage illustrations, bold flaps, and a die-cut surprise.
Did you ever wonder how far a pterosaur can fly? Why the triceratops has such a large frill around its neck? Or what a pachycephalosaurus does with its bony head? Through large flaps and fold-outs, an appealing question-and-answer narrative, and fascinating facts on each spread, readers learn how dinosaurs were born, what they ate, how they defended themselves, what sounds they made, how they lived, and what remains of them today. Included is a handy pronunciation guide to the names of the dinosaurs and related prehistoric beasts.
Barry's latest interactive text appeals to the youngest of dinosaur aficionados, presenting them with some very basic facts about how dinosaurs lived.
Through a pseudo–question-and-answer format, readers are given the opportunity to ponder their own answers to the author's wonderings: "I wonder why minmi is watching her eggs. / Her eggs are hatching." One or two sentences in a smaller font give more information: "Dinosaurs laid eggs in nests on the ground." As the text progresses, children learn what dinosaurs ate, how big they were, how they might have defended themselves and communicated, what is left of them today and how fossils are found. Barry uses the words "may" and "might" liberally, remarking that scientists are still learning. The 12 featured prehistoric beasts include a nice mix of popular/lesser-known, large/small, land/sea/air and vegetarian/carnivore. While Barry's illustrations are brightly colored to attract young children's attention, the textures of the papers used in the collages more closely echo those found in nature. But the real draw will be the interactive features—smack Ankylosaurus' tail club, watch Pterodactylus spread his wings and open two flaps to get a sense of just how long Diplodocus was. Endpapers serve as a pronunciation guide, give some quick facts and feature dinosaur silhouettes in sizes proportionate to one another so readers can get an idea of their relative sizes.
Dinosaurs, pop-ups and flaps to lift—what could be better? (Picture book. 2-5)
- Walker & Company
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- Age Range:
- 3 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Frances Barry is the creator of three novelty concept books about Duckie and the Fold Out and Find Out books Big Yellow Sunflower and Little Green Frogs. Her most recent book is Let’s Save the Animals. She lives in London.
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