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Shadow of the Dinosaurs

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What would you do if you found yourself back in the time of the dinosaurs?

While on a family camping trip, Jesse and his dog, Shadow, discover a mysterious bone. Jesse wonders if it might be a dinosaur bone before he settles down to sleep. Soon the bone begins to glow, and brave little Shadow watches in awe as the rocks and trees around her begin to transform themselves into gigantic dinosaurs.

Shadow finds herself transported into a fiery ...

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What would you do if you found yourself back in the time of the dinosaurs?

While on a family camping trip, Jesse and his dog, Shadow, discover a mysterious bone. Jesse wonders if it might be a dinosaur bone before he settles down to sleep. Soon the bone begins to glow, and brave little Shadow watches in awe as the rocks and trees around her begin to transform themselves into gigantic dinosaurs.

Shadow finds herself transported into a fiery world beyond time, where dinosaurs rule the Earth. Will she ever be able to find her way back home to Jesse and safety?

Dennis Nolan's magnificent paintings will appeal to dinosaur fans everywhere as they find themselves captivated by this breathtaking picture-book adventure.

About the Author:
Dennis Nolan has been fascinated with the fantasy-like primeval world since childhood. He is the author-illustrator of two other books about prehistoric life, Wolf Child and Dinosaur Dream, the latter of which is an SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Book. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, author-illustrator Lauren Mills, their daughter, and two dogs, who have yet to dig up a dinosaur bone.

A boy and his dog find a magic dinosaur bone that shows them what life was like among the dinosaurs.

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Publishers Weekly
Dennis Nolan weaves real-life dino facts into Shadow of the Dinosaurs, a fictional account of a family camping trip turned prehistoric adventure. In this follow-up to Dinosaur Dreams, the titular Dachshund digs up an unusual bone. As his owner sleeps, Shadow is swept up into a world transformed. Throughout, Nolan names the dinosaurs the dog encounters while realistic illustrations depict their wanderings. Opening pages picture the prehistoric creatures' silhouettes labeled with their name, pronunciation and length. ( Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Jesse, a boy of about eight, and his dachshund Shadow are camping in a gnarly grove of trees when Shadow discovers a magic bone. Later, as Jesse sleeps, the bone glows into being the dinosaurs that roamed this area and the dog is witness to it all. Nolan divides the plant-eating sauropods from the two examples of theropods, thus introducing or reinforcing the categories by which we know dinosaurs. A chase, an erupting volcano, and low-flying pterodactyls endanger Shadow until he can bury the bone and all returns to normal. But the awakening camper says he has just had the strangest dream. The rather lame story within a story serves to involve readers in meeting, once again, the dinosaurs they love to name, but nothing much happens. Nolan's transformation of the heavily rooted trees into dinosaur legs and feet are interesting;the lurid greens, blues and purples of the forest are echoed in the hides of the sauropods while the ferocious theropods are hot red-orange and all-business beige. The tiny Shadow, barking at them from his prehistoric rock, is dramatic and bold enough to stir preschoolers to awe even if the story doesn't hold up to many rereads. The book is Nolan's third venture into the fantastic prehistoric life. 2001, Simon & Schuster, $16.00. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer:Susan Hepler
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K-Gr 3-Shadow is an endearing little dachshund who finds a dinosaur bone while camping out with Jesse and his family. When night falls, the bone glows blue and the dog is transported back into prehistoric times. She gets caught in an imminent battle between sauropods and theropods, and only escapes by burying the magic bone. When she returns to modern times, the boy wakes and tells the dog his dream, which matches her magical adventure. Nolan's watercolors are the main point of interest here. On one page, thick trees morph into sharp-toed dinosaur feet and later, boulders change into toothy theropods. The scenes showing the plucky black-and-orange pup surrounded by the huge dinosaurs are amusing, and two wordless spreads are vivid and dramatic. The story itself, however, is generally weak. Beyond the illustrations, there is nothing involving about the likely confrontation. Shadow's escape back to her own time is anticlimactic, and the tie in to the boy's dream is undeveloped. Carol Carrick's What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs (Clarion, 1986) and Paul Fleischman's Time Train (HarperTropy, 1994) have more inventive stories, but there's enough action here to engage young fans, who will especially enjoy the visuals.-Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689829741
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.24 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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