Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time

Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time

by James Gurney


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ISBN-13: 9780060530648
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/30/2003
Series: Dinotopia Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 10.41(w) x 9.67(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

James Gurney's fantasy art has appeared on the covers of more than 70 books, and his art appears regularly in National Geographic. He is the author and illustrator of Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time, Dinotopia: The World Beneath, and is currently working on his third Dinotopia book, which will be published in Fall 2000. He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State with his family.

James Gurney's fantasy art has appeared on the covers of more than 70 books, and his art appears regularly in National Geographic. He is the author and illustrator of Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time, Dinotopia: The World Beneath, and is currently working on his third Dinotopia book, which will be published in Fall 2000. He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State with his family.

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Dinotopia- A Land Apart from Time 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
RogueBelle on LibraryThing 10 months ago
An imaginative and delightful book. I remember adoring this as a kid, and when I re-found it as an adult, it remained beautiful and inspiring. Gurney's illustrations are among the best in any children's literature, exquisitely detailed, full of so much life and colour. I heartily recommend this book for all dinosaur fans, young and old.
melannen on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Dinotopia is a lavishly illustrated picture-book-for-adults set on an island where dinosaurs and people of all races and cultures live in peace together. The book itself, though, was written with the conceit that it's a reproduction of the journal of a Victorian naturalist who was marooned on the island in the late 19th century - he has a naturalist's interest in everything around him, but especially the natural world, and trained scientific perception. The illustrations in the book every so often go over to precise botanical watercolors (and if I ever get to where I can to botanical illustrations like that, I will be satisfied with my skill as an artist.) And because the time and the place the book came out of, it has a very ecological sensibility overall.The sequels to the book get increasingly steampunky, which is why I still love the first one best: I fell in love with it as a child, I think, not for the dinosaurs, but for the way it treats with nature, observation, and finding a balance between a scientific perspective and an organic one. (My favorite character of all was the young girl Melanie, who knew all the plants in the forest and would take the naturalist main character on walks to teach him about them. I still want to be her.)
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautiful book that is great for putting out on the coffee table or reading with a kid. It has a cute story, but the art is what makes it really worthwhile.
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Lark_LaVoix More than 1 year ago
This book is so original & captivating, & the illustrations are quite a treat! I got this book when I was a child, & fell in love with the world of Dinotopia immediately. I'm 23 years old now & it still holds a spot on my "favorites" shelf...not to mention I still like to fancy that a world like Dinotopia truly exists :)

This book is the journal of a shipwrecked father & son who find themselves on a remote island where dinosaurs & humans coexist in harmony, long hidden from "modern" civilization. Whole cities & villages have been built around this dino-human partnership, with needs of both species perfectly fulfilled. The story is supported by fantastic sketches depicting dino & human inhabitants, local flora, & the trappings of every day Dinotopian life. The detail that Mr. Gurney put into his drawings & into this world is amazing & makes the story so believable. There are, for example, several beautiful pages with drawings of a dinosaur hatchery & its workings, complete with "handwritten" notes explaining the purpose of each room, machine, & employee (both dino & human!).

This book will fire up the imaginations of children & adults alike! Definitely a must-read & must-own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿I realized that we were being threatened by ¿ and I hesitate even now to set this down ¿ by living members of the class of vertebrates known as Dinosauria!¿ The narrator of James Gurney¿s Dinotopia, an American named Arthur Denison supposedly penned these words in 1862. Arthur Denison and his son Will are shipwrecked on the island of Dinotopia, on which humans and dinosaurs live together in harmony. They learn the language, attempt to fit in with the culture, and find that they have no reason to leave. Dinotopia is not a book about conflict or trouble, instead, it is a journal-like story about a man and his son learning to live in an alien culture. The story is well written, in an old-fashioned, eloquent style. It was illustrated by the author with truly stunning paintings of dinosaurs, people, and places. I loved the book, both because of the story and the art. Because of the matter-of-fact style of writing, I almost forgot at times that the story was pure fantasy. I have loved the story of Dinotopia almost as long as I can remember, and I would recommend the series to anyone who reads. Dinotopia: A land apart from time is the first in a series, there is currently one other book, Dinotopia: The world beneath. Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2007.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully engaging story, but the thing I enjoyed most about this book were the captivating pictures. They brightened every page with rich color and detail, and were windows into the world of Dinotopia.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book several years ago for a couple of boys that I used to babysit for who loved dinosaurs. It is a good book. Very colorful full page pictures. If you like Dinosaurs this would be a good book of choice
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dinotopia captivated me mostly beacuse the idea of a world with humans and dinosaurs is ingenious. No one else could ever have done a better job. Gurney creates a world of people that you learn to love and cultures that you believe for real. Any adventurous child or adult find themselves lost in a world so real it is beleivable. On another note, the artwork is lavishly beautiful. The characters look real and even little detais, such as tools they use, are shown. I enjoyed this book as a child and even now that I am in eleventh grade. A well developed plot, even a moral, and great artwork, what more could a reader ask for? I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dinotopia is the best book ever!!! I've always dreamed of living with dinosaurs since I was in Kindergarten.It's a must-read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love dinosaurs, give this book five stars, otherwise give it four stars. This book is amazing. First, the artwork is terrific: skillful, beautiful, cute, and in a fantasy style like Roger Dean or others. Next, most everything is well thought-out: scientific names, culture, history, maps, music, etc. The same species (some real, some fantasy) reappear consistently throughout. It's hard to separate real from fantasy at times. Somehow the author has created an entire history, culture, country, and ecosystem, nearly all of which is believable--a very impressive feat. Next, it's a very inspiring and possibly a valuable vision of utopia. The Tentpole palace in the mountains seemed to be modeled after Antarctica landscapes, really fired my imagination, and got me wondering if a castle like that could really be built. The first night I read it I had wonderful dreams that night. It must be great book to show/read to children before bed. I kept thinking about it for the next 2-3 days. New, creative ideas for modes of living, architecture, and harmony with nature and animals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a fabulous display of creative writing. Gurney once again proves that he is the master of the pen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think it was just plane great. It was a real catch. I am really glad that it is a popular choice for kids my owne age rather that pokemon. To give a book this ratting is not easy for me to do. I really think you should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dinotopia has to be bar-none the most inventive children's book I have ever seen. Filled with extraordinary pictures and a remarkable storyline, it is a triumph and every child should be exposed to its originality, emotion, and beauty. Although it may be a bit long for younger children, the pictures allow you to fall into the story without reading the entire manuscript, in fact there are several pages devoted only to the paintings. I highly reccommend this book to adults and children alike. This is a wonderful journey that will captivate the reader into the World of Dinotopia