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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823421430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823421435
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Gibbons begins with a clear introduction to dinosaurs and paleontology for young readers. Two-page spreads illustrate and highlight well-known dinosaurs and give an idea of each one's size, habitat, eating habits and behavioras well as a phonetic pronunciation of its name. In closing, Gibbons describes the two leading theories on the decline of the dinosaurs: either the planet grew too hot or meteoritic dust in the atmosphere caused it to cool down. An appendix describes the information gained from fossilized dinosaur footprints. Pleasant and informative, but the number of more elaborate dinosaur books render this one mostly supplemental. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2–4—This is a simpler book than the author's Dinosaur Discoveries (Holiday House, 2005) but still adheres to the "nonbird" dinos, meaning those without feathers. Gibbons present a parade of Prosauropods, Therapods, Sauropods, Ceratopsians, and others for neophyte perusal, along with notes on the fossilization process, paleontology in general, and dinosaurian behaviors. Her rather slapdash illustrations do not include a time line, so young readers may not be aware that a variety of Ankylosaurs existed from the Middle Jurassic to the end of the Cretaceous (a period of some 150-plus million years) and did not all exist at one moment in time. Statements indicating that Prosauropods were plant-eaters may be confusing when a blade-toothed Herrerasaurus (admittedly a confusing critter in his own right) is included in the illustration. Gibbons's books have proved popular in the past, and this new one should prove attractive as well.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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More About the Author

Gail Gibbons has published close to fifty distinguished nonfiction titles with Holiday House. According to "The Washington Post," "Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children's writer-illustrator." She lives in Vermont. Her website is www.gailgibbons.com

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My 4 yr old loves this book!
Stacey Sangalli
This is the best "fun" dinosaur book for the younger child I've seen in some time.
D. Fowler
Fun, colorful book for kids... and a lot of facts.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Fowler HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you're thinking about buying this book, you probably have a child in your life that who can roll the names Tyrannosaurus, Edmontosaurus, and Giganotosaurus off his or her tongue with ease, but does he or she know much about them? This book begins with the definition of a dinosaur (it means "fearfully great lizard") and then has a marvelous, colorful two-page spread with assorted sized dinosaurs. Fossils and the role of paleontologists are discussed, including the fact that the paleontologist "divided nonbird dinosaurs into seven groups." Watch out! Here comes the Gibbons parade of dinosaurs! This is what you will see:

Prosauropods (pro SOR uh pods) ... Theropods (THIR uh pods) ... Sauropods (SOR o pods) ... Stegosaurs (STEG uh sors) ... Ankylosaurs (ang kile SORS) ... Ceratopsians (ser ra TOP see uns) and Ornithopods (Or nih thuh pods). Each of these seven groups has a hopping bopping crowd of dinosaurs on their page(s) and a brief description of what they were like. The book even talks about their extinction. Here comes that meteorite!

Gail Gibbons's books are always bright, colorful and, in this case, historically accurate. According to this book, Carl Mehling, a paleontologist from the American Museum of Natural History, reviewed the text. Each dinosaur name has the pronunciation in parentheses below the word (you may wish to practice before reading it out loud.) This is the best "fun" dinosaur book for the younger child I've seen in some time. Your dinosauraholic is going to love this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elisa's Mom on July 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Not being a dinosaur expert, I found this book to be an excellent non-fiction introduction for my preschooler. It briefly describes the history of paleontology and each main group of dinosaurs. Major questions that your preschooler might have --- what do dinosaurs eat? what happened to them? what do dinosaurs look like? --- are all answered in a manner comprehensible to the target audience. Unlike other non-fiction texts, the author fills her pages with short, 1 to 2 sentences of information. Unfamiliar words (such as paleontologist) are defined within the illustrations.

The only reason I did not give the book 5 stars was the illustrations. For a non-fiction text, the pictures seem too simple --- sketches filled with what I think are watercolors. Despite this complaint, my preschooler loves this book and she herself has no issues with the pictures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Massive in size, lizard-like, and armed with horns and teeth; it's no wonder dinosaurs capture children's imaginations. "Dinosaurs!" is a book to educate young readers about these massive lizards from millions of years ago, filled with full color illustrations and fun facts. Sure to please any young dinosaur lover, "Dinosaurs!" should be in the science shelves of every community library's children's collection.
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By amanda on October 18, 2013
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I bought this for my daughter who is really into dinosaurs. She is 4 and loves to read this book. The illustrations or fantastic and she tells everyone that now she is a dino expert.
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By Mely on April 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
My 2 1/2 year old loves anything dino and this book hit the mark. All kinds of information is provided from names/types to fossils and paleontologists.
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