Monster Fliers: From the Time of the Dinosaurs

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While the dinosaurs walked the earth, pterosaurs (flying reptiles), ancient birds and other monster fliers ruled the skies. John Bindon's illustrations, created with the help of the latest fossil research, bring nineteen of these long-vanished creatures to life with startling brilliance. Some of these monster fliers were as small as a crow, others as big as a small plane. Monster Fliers brings together the latest research in clear, engaging text and dramatic illustrations, making it a great addition to a young ...
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Overview

While the dinosaurs walked the earth, pterosaurs (flying reptiles), ancient birds and other monster fliers ruled the skies. John Bindon's illustrations, created with the help of the latest fossil research, bring nineteen of these long-vanished creatures to life with startling brilliance. Some of these monster fliers were as small as a crow, others as big as a small plane. Monster Fliers brings together the latest research in clear, engaging text and dramatic illustrations, making it a great addition to a young child's dinosaur collection. The book includes a timeline to show when these creatures lived as well as a chart indicating their relative sizes.
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Editorial Reviews

Globe & Mail
Together, MacLeod and Bindon, in clear and fact-filled text and nicely detailed paintings, respectively, give life to these ancient flying reptiles and birds.
From the Publisher
Together, MacLeod and Bindon, in clear and fact-filled text and nicely detailed paintings, respectively, give life to these ancient flying reptiles and birds.
Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
"Zoom!" is how this book opens. The first double-page spread provides an overview of the information to come—flying reptiles called pterosaurs, "long-ago birds," and a dinosaur—and briefly explains why and how these creatures flew. Subsequent spreads display a total of seventeen kinds of ancient flying animals, organized not by hard-to-say Latin names, but by kid-friendly, easy-to-remember categories. "Big Head," "Tiny Terror" and "Furry Flier," for instance, are all illustrated with colorful drawings of animals that match their descriptor moving through natural settings, reinforcing the snapshot glances. For readers who want more information, several paragraphs accompany each animal to provide pronunciation guides for the Latin names, explain unique features and their functions, and describe other factors of life, such as size and diet. The text is appealingly kid-centric, as shown in the description of the Dsungaripterus' wings: "about as long as two ten-year-olds lying head to head." The final spread presents a cameo of each animal in relative size not only to each other but also to two kids. MacLeod also includes information about how long ago each creature lived. This book will appeal to a range of readers interested in dinosaur-era life, body morphology, or natural oddities. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Starting with the oldest of the pterosaurs, this picture book introduces 19 flying, swimming, and diving dinosaurs. Helpful pronunciation guides are included. The full-color illustrations on every page place the pterosaur in context with other animals, insects, and vegetation. Recent fossil discoveries are cited as evidence to verify the presence of feathers or fur. The chronological arrangement and the relative sizes are not evident until a spread of silhouettes drawn to scale compares the pterosaurs at the end of the book. A solid addition, but not unique among dinosaur books.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Aiming for wide eyes and exclamations of "Cool!" MacLeod presents 19 prehistoric fliers and gliders from Titanus ("known as the Terror Bird or Killer Crane") to Argentavis ("wing tip to wing tip, it stretched longer than a minivan"). Along with picking up a few basic speculations about how each probably got around on land, air and water-and what they most likely ate, of course-young dino fans will get a gander at what they may have looked like in Bindon's naturalistic scenes as, bodies covered in hair or feathers painted with subdued colors and patterns, the winged monsters generally pose with mouths agape as they patrol for or chase down prey. A closing spread of silhouettes done to scale (with a pair of human figures down in one corner) sets this apart, slightly, from a plethora of similar albums like Don Lessem's Flying Giants of Dinosaur Time (2005), also illustrated (differently) by Bindon. (Nonfiction. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554531998
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series, numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series, Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.

John Bindon specializes in illustrating prehistoric life. He has also worked on dinosaur exhibits for museums and theme parks and on animation projects for Discovery Television and Walt Disney Feature Animation. John is the illustrator of Monster Fliers. He lives near Toronto.

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