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About the Author

Daniel Loxton is Editor of Junion Skeptic, the children's section of Skeptic magazine, a quarterly science education and science advocacy magazine published by the nonprofit Skeptics Society. Daniel is the author and illustrator of Evolution. He lives in Victoria, B.C.

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  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Series: Tales of Prehistoric Life
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554536316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554536313
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Muse on August 23, 2011
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This is a beautiful book. I ordered it sight unseen, partly because I was familiar with the author's other works, but mostly because my 4-yo loves Ankylosaurs more than any other dinosaur (I don't know why). The book does not disappoint!

The story is a bit simplistic but nice (my kid devours anything dinosaur, so anything less than an encyclopedia feels light). It's not a cartoon -- the dinosaurs aren't given names, they don't talk, etc. -- but that's by design. It's a "true-ish" story; a scene that might have once happened. And it's as scientifically accurate as a work of this nature can be, which is very refreshing.

But what makes this book really shine -- and will immediately vault it into my son's Hall of Fame bookshelf -- are the illustrations. Stunning photo-realistic images, beautifully composed and placed in a wonderland of prehistoric flora, these pages will have to withstand the everyday scrutiny of an enthusiastic 4-yo. And 5-yo, and 6-yo... as the years go by.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laurie M. Tarr on September 7, 2011
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Ankylosaur Attack is a lovely book with a sweet storyline. My seven-year-old son read it to me as soon as it arrived in the mail, and my entire family enjoyed it. The illustrations are, I believe, a mix of photo backgrounds and digitally-illustrated dinosaurs, and are visually stunning and seem very real. The T-Rex slobber is quite lifelike!
The book strives to be scientifically accurate, and through the storyline you learn various facts about the dinosaurs, like Ankylosaurs are usually solitary, plant-eaters who have heavy armor and large clubs on their tails for protection from predators. Kids will get a sense of how these dinosaurs may have lived their lives, including some challenges they faced. But unlike many science books that can often be tedious lists of facts, this one is a narrative with a sweet, but at times thrilling, story. "He swung his tail as hard as he could. His club whistled through the air." Exciting!
I would recommend this book for families with kids from 2 or 3 to 8 or 9 years of age. It isn't very long, and so makes a good bed-time story.
I also own and recommend Loxton's children's science book "Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Houser on October 4, 2011
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I bought this book for my four-year-old son who, like so many his age, just loves dinosaurs. Even though I anticipated some high quality images, I was blown away by what I saw when I opened the book. The dinosaurs were so realistic, my son actually asked me, "How did they take pictures of the dinosaurs if people weren't around back then?"

On top of the amazing imagery, the story is excellent as well. My son, who normally just goes along with what is being read, was wide-eyed as I turned the pages. I've never seen him that captivated by a story before.

I'd highly recommend this book for any child who loves to get lost in the world of the great dinosaurs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jadin Lee on September 10, 2011
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Go to any bookstore and you're sure to find lots of dinosaur books for kids. BUT you aren't likely to find many like this one. This isn't a science book in a traditional sense. This is a fictional story told with the highest regard for scientific accuracy. If you have kids whose imaginations are fueled by science... they'll love this book. If you have kids who aren't particularly science-focused... they'll still LOVE this book. Ankylosaur Attack is book #1 of Loxton's "Tales of Prehistoric Life" series... we can't wait for #2! We'll be collecting the whole series (however large it becomes) and I suspect it will be passed down to future generations within our family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joey H. on September 8, 2011
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The nice thing is it's a dinosaur book for very young budding paleontologists. The great thing is that the story is both well researched and an exciting yarn for kids who love adventure. The amazing thing is the illustration. This is no cheap Photoshop job -- you will feel like you're looking at someone's vacation photos from Jurassic Park. A feast for the eyes and the mind, I cannot recommend Ankylosaur Attack too highly.
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