Ronnie is just a normal fifth-grader trying to pass her science class’s impossible quiz on the history of dinosaurs . . . until she happens upon her neighbor—Ms. Lernin—a retired paleontologist. With the assistance of Science Magic, Ronnie and Ms. Lernin travel back through time and space to experience the Mesozoic Era firsthand. They visit three important time periods in the development of the Mesozoic Era: the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous. Along the way, Ronnie finds herself face-to-face with real-life dinosaurs and reptiles, like stegosauruses, velociraptors, and thalattosaurs. With the help of her neighbor’s trusty knowledge of prehistoric times, she learns the differences between herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores, as well as between dinosaurs, insects, and reptiles. This insightful and informative graphic novel uses engaging art to bring facts to life, giving kids the tools to understand the evolution of these prehistoric creatures and the important effects this era had on our world today.
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Abby Howard is the creator of the comic website Junior Scientist Power Hour. Before becoming a full-time artist, Howard studied evolutionary biology at McGill University, where her deep interest in dinosaurs was born.
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Dinosaur Empire! (Earth Before Us #1): Journey through the Mesozoic Era based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Dinosaur Empire is a book about a fifth grader named Ronnie who bombs her science test about dinosaurs. On her way home from school, her retired paleontologist neighbor, Mrs. Lernin, pops her head out of a recycling bin and asks her what’s wrong. Ronnie tells her about the less than stellar score. Together, they travel back to the Age of Dinosaurs to learn first-hand about prehistoric creatures who defined the Mesozoic Era. Will Ronnie ace the next test? I loved this book because at first, when Ronnie fails her quiz, she throws the paper into a recycling bin because she doesn’t want to show her parents a zero out of ten. Then Mrs. Lernin steps in, showing her a whole new ancient world. Once Ronnie visits the dinosaur times, she starts to believe in herself. She grows so much mentally on this adventure, that by the end of the book, she loves dinosaurs and wants to retake the quiz. I love this book for showing readers how to persevere. I give this book a 5 out of five stars. I learned a lot about the three periods that make up the Mesozoic Era: the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous by reading this graphic novel. I devoured this book in one sitting, and you most likely will too. This was an excellent book, and I am hoping for a sequel. Reviewed by Levi M., Age 11, Denver Mensa