Like its predecessor, Flip-o-saurus, this innovative book, which opens calendar-style, displays portraits of several prehistoric animals cut into three lift-flaps, enabling readers to mix and match the animals' heads, torsos, and posteriors, creating new species. For example, the head of an icaronycteris (a bat named after Icarus), the legs of an ostrichlike gastornis, and the tail of a dorudon ("My tail looks like a dolphin's") blend to create an "icaro-tor-don." With hundreds of possible combinations and detailed descriptions of each physical component, readers will learn plenty, between giggles, about some unusual prehistoric animals. Ages 4–up. (May)
Praise for Sara Ball's Flip-o-saurus:
"Sara Ball’s Flip-o-saurus… lets readers mix and match dinosaur heads, torsos, and tails to create new species."
— Publishers Weekly, from "BookExpo America 2010: Big Children's Books of the Show"
"Ball's painted portraits are big and bright enough to draw in even younger children." — School Library Journal
"Sturdy split pages allow readers to create their own inventive combinations from among a handful of prehistoric critters… to amusing effect. Drehsen adds first–person captions on the versos, which will also mix and match to produce chuckles." — Kirkus Reviews
"Like its predecessor, Flip-o-saurus, this innovative book, which opens calendar–style, displays portraits of several prehistoric animals… With hundreds of possible combinations and detailed descriptions of each physical component, readers will learn plenty, between giggles, about some unusual prehistoric animals." — Publishers Weekly
"Flip-o-storic and Flip-o-saurus (Abbeville, 2010) will appeal to a broad audience of readers, reluctant ones included." — School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Prehistoric animals turn into imaginary creatures with the flip of a page. The saber-toothed tiger can have the head of a giant sloth, the body of a woolly mammoth, and the tail of a Dorudon. The oversize board pages, which are split into three panels, can be flipped back and forth to form hundreds of new animals. Useful information in the front of the book includes a size scale in meters and feet, pronunciation guide, creature names, and definitions of the names (for example, Macrauchenia means "Long Neck"). Facts about each of the 10 animals appear above their illustrations. After new animals are created by combining different parts, children can read the facts and learn the animals' names, what they are capable of doing, how and where they live, and which modern animals they most resemble. Flip-O-Storic and Flip-O-Saurus (Abbeville, 2010) will appeal to a broad audience of readers, reluctant ones included.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Sturdy split pages allow readers to create their own inventive combinations from among a handful of prehistoric critters. Hard on the heels ofFlip-O-Saurus(2010) drops this companion gallery, printed on durable boards and offering opportunities to mix and match body thirds of eight prehistoric mammals, plus a fish and a bird, to create such portmanteau creatures as a "Gas-Lo-Therium," or a "Mega-Tor-Don." The "Mam-Nyc-Nia" places the head of a mammoth next to the wings and torso of anIcaronycteris(prehistoric bat) and the hind legs of a Macrauchenia(a llamalike creature with a short trunk), to amusing effect. Drehsen adds first-person captions on the versos, which will also mix and match to produce chuckles: "Do you like my nose? It's actually a short trunk..." "I may remind you of an ostrich, because my wings aren't built for flying..." "My tail looks like a dolphin's." With but ten layers to flip, young paleontologists will run through most of the permutations in just a few minutes, but Ball's precisely detailed ink-and-watercolor portraits of each animal formally posed against plain cream colored backdrops may provide a slightly more enduring draw. A silhouette key on the front pastedown includes a pronunciation guide and indicates scale. Overall, a pleasing complement to more substantive treatments.(Novelty nonfiction. 6-8)