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The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, presented in breathlessly earnest chapbook style ("A True Dinosaur Story in Three Ages"), follows the life of Hawkins from his early fossil studies to the first iguanodon that he extrapolates into existence for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The story then follows his subsequent victories and defeats at home and abroad: a triumphantly unorthodox New Year's Eve dinner party with the fathers of paleontology; the unveiling of Dinosaur Island; Boss Tweed's scuttling of a planned Paleozoic Museum in Central Park, and the destruction of years of Hawkins's work in the process.
And the story is all true, although this veracity does make the pacing a bit clunky in spots. Then again, Kerley and Selznick have researched their hero with meticulous care (check out the copious endnotes), so perhaps only Hawkins himself can be blamed for leading a life that didn't always progress in perfect dramatic form. Overshadowing the narrative, though, are Selznick's stately, ghostly illustrations--of towering megalosaurs and Hawkins shuffling about with cane and top hat--which more than make up the difference. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes
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A well done book in artwork and content. It is highly entertaining but on a higher level it is inspiring.Here was a person with a dream
who did what had not been done. Read more
Great book, and received it in the condition exactly as described with no shipping problems.Published 5 months ago by Nathan Rigione
My dinosaur lover is very pleased with this gift. It contains lots of good information with some context and a true story behind the info. Nice illustrations, too.Published 11 months ago by Thomas G.
This was perfect for my dinosaur-loving son, but I enjoyed it, as well. The art is amazing and the story was eye-opening. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Carrie Hillerby
I am a huge Brian Selznick fan, and bought this book for the illustrations. they are nice, but I much prefer his work in black n white/pencil like Hugo cabaret or the boy of 1000... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Melissa Forbes Rodriguez