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Raptors, Fossils, Fins and Fangs: A Prehistoric Creature Feature

Raptors, Fossils, Fins and Fangs: A Prehistoric Creature Feature

by Ray Troll, Bradford Matsen
     
 

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Long ago, even before there were dinosaurs, some water creatures made their way out of the ocean onto land. This is the story of those life-forms, and some of the weird and cool creatures that came before and after them--including humans. "Troll and Matsen are the best. This book is for all the kids, grown and otherwise, who still love fossils".--Peter Ward,

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Long ago, even before there were dinosaurs, some water creatures made their way out of the ocean onto land. This is the story of those life-forms, and some of the weird and cool creatures that came before and after them--including humans. "Troll and Matsen are the best. This book is for all the kids, grown and otherwise, who still love fossils".--Peter Ward, University of Washington.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
This book will begin to address young dinosaur fans' curiosity about where dinosaurs came from. The authors describe life on earth before the age of dinosaurs. Illustrations dominate each two-page spread, which also includes a bit of clearly written text about the featured animal and a time line which highlights the geologic period in which it lived. The sub-title and hip cover art of this natural history book will clue readers in to the authors' writing style. It's inviting, fun, and totally appropriate for today's modern audience-pretty good considering the subjects are about 200 million years old.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6The ocean was a lively place long before creatures crawled up onto land, but there's relatively little in print about ancient aquatic life. Raptors highlights some of the amazing animals that swam the prehistoric seas, including sharks with jaws like buzz saws, six-foot-long eurypterids with gigantic claws, and an armored fish as big as a house. Troll uses neon pastels on dark paper to create a deep sea murkiness that envelopes all these gnashing fangs and textured scales. Time lines along the bottom of the pages let readers know what era they're in. There's lots of snappy text and rich illustration, but both tend to obscure the science. Slang terms like "way cool" are already dated and give away the voice of an older writer trying too hard to sound young. The chatty tone and humorous asides are more entertaining than informative. Young readers may miss small-print disclaimers at the back of the book, alerting them that not all the animals shown together in the illustrations are contemporaries, and that their coloration patterns may have been different. "For more information read Planet Ocean..." (an adult book on the same subject by the same press and authors), the small print continues. While this book is bound to be popular, readers in search of facts may want to follow the tiny print's suggestion.Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883672416
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/01/1996
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
7 Years

Meet the Author

BRAD MATSEN has been a merchant seaman, charter pilot, and commercial fisherman, and is currently the senior editor of National Fisherman magazine. He is the author of several books about the Northwest and a documentary for PBS. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
From his treetop studio in Ketchikan, Alaska, RAY TROLL draws and paints fishy images that migrate ’round the globe into museums, onto T-shirts, and into books. Basing his “out of the ooze and born to cruise” images on the latest scientific research, Ray brings street smarts to the world of ichthyology and paleontology. Previous collaborations with Brad Matsen include PLANET OCEAN and SHOCKING FISH TALES. Ray and his wife, Michelle, have two kids.

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