National Geographic Kids Funny Fill-in: My Dinosaur Adventure

National Geographic Kids Funny Fill-in: My Dinosaur Adventure

by Emily Krieger
     
 

You've just been transported back in time - to the land of the dinosaurs! What happens next is up to YOU! Filled with excitement and hilarity, this compositional challenge lets you tell your very own story starring...YOU! Combining National Geographic Kids' photography and illustrations in colorful laugh-out-loud pages, this engaging, entertaining, and educational

Overview

You've just been transported back in time - to the land of the dinosaurs! What happens next is up to YOU! Filled with excitement and hilarity, this compositional challenge lets you tell your very own story starring...YOU! Combining National Geographic Kids' photography and illustrations in colorful laugh-out-loud pages, this engaging, entertaining, and educational book introduces you to dinosaurs from the past, and invites you to enter their world imaginatively by combining your story with theirs.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Chelsea Couillard-Smith
National Geographic’s version of “Mad Libs” features full-color illustrations and plenty of opportunities for laughs. Beginning with an explanation of how the game works, the introduction also provides basic definitions of the parts of speech. Each Mad Lib begins with a basic fact about dinosaurs. Many of these facts will be familiar to upper elementary students, such as the fact that “Scientists have not been able to bring dinosaurs back to life like in Jurassic Park.” Others provide more interesting information about specific dinosaurs, like the largest skeletons ever found, and the dinosaur that scientists believe had the biggest brain. Readers are then faced with a Mad Lib adventure in which they fill in a series of blanks with words or phrases to create a wacky short story. Readers can easily flip around since each entry can be read as a separate adventure, but the book as a whole does form a cohesive narrative in which the reader appears suddenly in a land populated by dinosaurs and proceeds to have a series of escapades. While many of the dinosaurs encountered behave like the actual creatures of pre-history, the reader also stumbles upon a dinosaur karaoke party, dinosaur Olympics (complete with synchronized swimming competitions), and a dinosaur construction site, among others. The colorful cartoon illustrations make this an appealing package for a gift item. As a tween party game, it would be a fun diversion—just do not expect to actually learn much about dinosaurs. Reviewer: Chelsea Couillard-Smith; Ages 8 to 11.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426314810
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Series:
NG Kids Funny Fill-in Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,277,612
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Author EMILY KRIEGER is a Seattle-based writer, editor and fact-checker specializing in science and children's nonfiction. She has written crazy crash-landing stories for Funny Fill-in: My Space Adventure, fact-checked the capital of Kyrgyzstan and other countries for the National Geographic Bee; amassed amazing tidbits about bugs, birds and brains for 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!); interviewed scientists about Bigfoot and George Washington's dentures for the upcoming book Myths Busted!, and pondered alien and ancient life while editing Science News for Kids. Her more adult endeavors include fact-checking National Geographic magazine and the forthcoming book Spillover and editing Science News.

Illustrator DAN SIPPLE was born and raised in Detroit, attended art school, and now lives in southern California. He's been a long-time illustrator for National Geographic Kids and Little Kids magazines, and reguarly illustrates the Funny Fill-in department. When not drawing, Dan enjoys cycling, reading, and the great outdoors.

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