The "Millions of factoids!" in this compendium on dinosaurs may confirm once and for all that bigger is not necessarily better.
The informationfollowed by six pages of picture credits, but without text credits or authors listedis not arranged in alphabetical, geographic, chronological, or any other determinable order. Instead, sections repeat every 18 pages or so: "Identikit," which offers general profiles of dinosaurs accompanied by full-color scale drawings and occasional photos; "Dinosaur World," which answers broad questions, e.g., "Why did dinosaurs die out?"; "Spotter's Guide," which offers details about claws, brains, etc.; "History in Pictures," which cover in comic-strip fashion key moments in scientific discovery; "3-D Gallery," which are scenes to be viewed with the special glasses provided; and more. Without a table of contents or index, browsers or researchers will have trouble locating specific information; regardless, the facts are occasionally inconsistent and confusing: On one page, the allosaurus has on "each hand and foot . . . three strong claws to grip its victims," and on another page, it is announced as "The Four-Toed Terror." The pages are packed with full-color inserts, boxes, drawings, photos, and lurid paragraphs of text, with lots of gouging, ripping chunks of flesh, savage blows, razor-sharp teeth, and dagger-like clawed feet. Dinosaur lovers bewarethis is humongous bunkum.