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*Starred Review* Aiming for readers who devour the visually rich nonfiction of DK's Eyewitness series, the Insiders series debuts with Egypt, Oceans, Space, and this title on dinosaurs, sure to be the most popular. The eye-catching qualities of the unjacketed book begin with the embossed, metallic cover and extend to the interior, where unusually realistic renderings of the Mesozoic's denizens dominate each double-page spread. Like others in the series, this follows a two-part format, the first ("Introducing") offering broad background and the second ("In-Depth") going into greater detail about specific topics. For instance, the first section includes paleontological periods, extinction theories, and a striking pictorial time line tracing the first bird archaeopteryx to the earliest feathered dinosaurs. The second section contains profiles of a diverse selection of species, including such popular dinos as Allosaurus, Tryannosaurus, and Triceratops. Throughout, Long finds opportunities to highlight the evolving paleontological consensus: For instance, a sidebar shows four vastly different interpretations of Iguanadon, from depictions that resemble mythical dragons to the less-fanciful view of today. Apart from the lack of information about any scientific rationale behind the reptiles' predominantly gray-green tones, this is an otherwise valuable, high-interest entry in a promising new series, reasonably priced for its detailed content and appealing packaging. Glossary and a dinosaur "family tree" appended. Mattson, Jennifer
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Insiders
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (July 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416938575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416938576
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Long born in Melbourne and began collecting fossils there at age 7. In 1971 he won the Victorian Science Talent Search major junior division prize for his work on fossils. John graduated with PhD from Monash University in 1984, and spent 6 years as a postdoctoral researcher in palaeontology at universities in Canberra, Perth (as A QEII fellow) and Tasmania before being appointed at the Western Australian Museum in 1989 as Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology. In 2004 John returned to Melbourne as the new Head of Sciences for Museum Victoria. In 2009 he was appointed as the Vice President of Research and Collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California.

John's research has focussed on the early evolution of vertebrates (fishes) as well as dinosaurs and general evolutionary theory. He has collected fossils in Antarctica (2 expeditions), Africa, throughout Asia, and has worked extensively in North America and Europe and in every part of Australia. His gruelling expeditions to Antarctica are documented in his book "Mountains of Madness- A Journey Through Antarctica" (Allen & Unwin 2000). He has published over 200 scientific papers and general science articles, and some 28 books. He has named more than 50 new species of prehistoric creatures. His most recent major papers contributed to solving some of the biggest problems in palaeontology- what killed the Australian megafauna, how fish contributed to the origins of the first land animals, and 2 papers on the origins of sex in vertebrates (all 4 published 2006-09 in the journal Nature).

In 2001 John won the prestigious Eureka Prize for the Public Promotion of Science. In 2003 he was awarded the Riversleigh Society Medal for promoting understanding of Australia's prehistoric past. In 2003 his book "Prehistoric Mammals of Australia and New Guina-100 million years of evolution" won a Whitely Award for most popular zoological book. In 2005 his book "Gogo Fish! The Story of the Western Australian State Fossil Emblem" won the Honour Book award for the 2005 Children's Book Council Awards. In 2006 his book "The Big Picture Book, won 2 national awards, and was short-listed for 2 other major childrens's literary awards. In 2008 John won the Australasian Science Prize for his discovery of the world's oldest vertebrate embryos, which also featured in the 2010 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records (under fish).

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By Cordelia on April 17, 2014
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My daughter is obsessed with dinosaurs. When she was a pre-reader, this book's rich illustrations and well-organized charts provided weeks' worth of valuable information that was clear and helped me, as a parent, contextualize the world of dinosaurs for her. Now she's in third grade and has gone back to this book and loves it. It doesn't talk down to her but doesn't use a lot of words she doesn't understand without explaining them. The information is laid out in clear, easy-to-compartmentalism ways with time charts and diagrams.

We are now going to invest in more of the Insiders series on topics that interest my children, as they seem to come away from the, better-educated. With the Eyewitness books they always come away overwhelmed by the walls of opaque text and badly laid-out information.
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By Maggie on January 14, 2014
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We got this book in time, a beautiful, clean almost new book, we will buy again and again because of the good servise provided. thank you for contacting me. Maggie
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By Saleschick on January 4, 2014
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I ordered this book for my nephew for his birthday. He asked for a dinosaur dictionary. When the book arrived I reviewed it. While it is well done, it's not as extensive as I was hoping it would be. I still plan to give it to him but am going to look for something more extensive as well.
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By JAMES mell on October 11, 2013
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This is a good book with good information, I would recommend this to a student for the purpose of a book report. Delivered in good time and good pictures! It will keep the reader interested!!
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