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The Greatest Dinosaur Ever
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The Greatest Dinosaur Ever

by Brenda Z. Guiberson, Gennady Spirin (Illustrator)
 

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Which dinosaur was the greatest? Was it the tallest, the biggest, the strongest, the smartest, the weirdest, the fastest, or the smallest? Or was it the oldest bird, the best parent, the one with the best night vision, the best armor, or the longest tail spikes? In this picture book from Brenda Z. Guiberson, fascinating facts and spectacular illustrations will

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Which dinosaur was the greatest? Was it the tallest, the biggest, the strongest, the smartest, the weirdest, the fastest, or the smallest? Or was it the oldest bird, the best parent, the one with the best night vision, the best armor, or the longest tail spikes? In this picture book from Brenda Z. Guiberson, fascinating facts and spectacular illustrations will inspire young readers to choose their own favorite dinosaurs!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“From the writer and illustrator of Life in the Boreal Forest (2009) and Frog Song (2013), here's another handsome book for the science shelves.” —Booklist

“*Whether read aloud or pored over individually, this book is sure to please anyone who has ever wondered about dinosaurs.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“*Guiberson speaks of frog voices as a beacon. . . . Spirin's paintings make this a book to treasure.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review on Frog Song

“This nonfiction book shows why the boreal forest, home to a unique ecosystem of plants and animals, is as big and important as tropical rain forests.” —USA Today on Life in the Boreal Forest

“Gorgeously intricate illustrations perfectly complement equally evocative text in this introduction to the great northern, or boreal, forest, which sprawls across the entire northern hemisphere. . . . Guiberson and Spirin manage to successfully convey the beauty and majesty of this forest and its denizens in two dimensions, and a list of organizations devoted to preserving the forest provides further information. An author's note adds urgency to the message about the importance of preservation.” —Booklist, starred review on Life in the Boreal Forest

“Taking readers through the seasons, Guiberson and Spirin present a verbal and pictorial treasury for nature lovers and young researchers alike.” —School Library Journal on Life in the Boreal Forest

“Beautiful and useful.” —Kirkus Reviews on Life in the Boreal Forest

“Each of the stunning paintings in this catalog of the boreal forest, the great northern forest, is breathtakingly beautiful. They are in the style of Audubon and other great naturalist painters. They breathe life into the creatures, give texture to their fur and feathers and capture a sense of place.” —The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio on Life in the Boreal Forest

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
This informative picture book about dinosaurs has the reader deciding which was the greatest. Was it Sauroposeidon, the tallest and biggest plant eater? Or Spinosaurus, the longest meat eater that just happened to have a sail-like crest along it’s back? Maybe it was Tyrannosaurus Rex? He was the strongest with the longest teeth. Another plant eater in the running was Theizinosaurus, because she had gigantic arms ending in three-foot-long claws capable of cutting down just about any plant. Could it be Stegosaurus, with its tail spikes as long as a third grader? Plus this dino had kite-shaped plates along its back. Perhaps it was Ankylosaurus, with a body enclosed in bony plates to go along with spikes and horns and, for good measure, a club at the end of his tail. And do not count out Ornithomimus, which could run more than forty miles an hour, helped along by its hollow bones and balancing tail. Troodon was the smartest because of its bigger brain and large eyes. Perhaps she gets the nod. Then again, there is Leaellynasaura, with the best night vision, useful during the dark winters near Antarctica. Do remember Archaeopteryx, the first bird-like creature complete with feathers, hollow bones and a wishbone. Could he be the greatest? There is also Oviraptor, which protected its eggs in a nest, unlike some other dinosaurs we could name. Big is not always the greatest; how about tiny Microraptor, with four feathered wings for gliding from tree to tree and evading giant-sized dinosaurs? Some choices, huh? The illustrations are grand with lots of detail. A book for any elementary school library. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan; Ages 5 to 8.
School Library Journal
★ 09/01/2013
Gr 1–4—This book poses the question, "Who was the greatest dinosaur that ever lived?" Each beautifully illustrated page declares "I, ----, was the greatest of them all!" The succinct text describes the superlative characteristic (biggest herbivore, stongest teeth, fastest runner) of the species and offers the gross, interesting, and informative facts that dinosaur-obsessed readers want to know. Each name includes a pronunciation guide (exactly what adult readers want). The text includes a mix of familiar and obscure species including "the first dinosaur to say I was a bird," the best parent, and the longest spikes. Every full-spread illustration, in oil paint on paper, shows the dinosaur in its richly depicted habitat. Observant children will learn as much from the detailed, painterly images of groups of animals moving together, hunting prey, and adapting to new environments as they will from the text. The dreamy quality of the art keeps these giant predators from being too scary. Whether read aloud or pored over individually, this book is sure to please anyone who has ever wondered about dinosaurs.—Leila Sterman, Chappaqua Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Guiberson presents arguments as to why each of 12 dinosaurs should be considered the greatest--tallest, longest, fastest, smartest, best-armored, etc. Each spread introduces a different species, Spirin's oils making each dinosaur, in its earth-toned, scaly glory, come to life in its habitat. The pattern of the text makes it easy for children to chime in with every page turn: "I was the greatest. I had the longest spikes at the end of my tail. They were sharp and strong and as long as a third grader. On my back I had 17 stunning plates shaped like kites. / I, STEGASAURUS,…was the greatest dinosaur of them all." From the well-known and common dinos to the lesser-known, like Leaellynasaura and Therizinosaurus, Guiberson provides the pronunciation under each name. Of the final three species--Archaeopteryx, Oviraptor and Microraptor--two fly, and all are depicted with feathers. Some of the "greatest" designations may be cause for dispute, but in that case, readers may enjoy giving evidence for their own candidates. Though they have a rather antique look, Spirin's illustrations are lifelike, and most give readers a good sense of the dinosaurs' comparative sizes. While there is no gore, these creatures sport wide-open, toothy mouths (sometimes enclosing prey). Backmatter presents thumbnails and quick information: name's meaning, pronunciation, size, period and location. Dino lovers will learn how their favorites stack up. (Informational picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805096255
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
10/22/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
250,741
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 11.52(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Brenda Z. Guiberson is the author of many books for children, including Frog Song, Life in the Boreal Forest, Moon Bear, The Emperor Lays an Egg, and the bestselling Cactus Hotel. She lives near Seattle, Washington.

Gennady Spirin is the illustrator of Frog Song and Life in the Boreal Forest. He has been awarded five gold medals from the Society of Illustrators, the first prize in both the Bologna and Barcelona International Book Fairs, and has been chosen four times for the New York Times Best Illustrated Books list. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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