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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554074754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554074754
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Parker's Dinosaurus is magnificent in its breadth and illustration. Arrangement is by group, and 500 dinosaurs are described. Each entry includes an illustration and brief information about the dinosaur's discovery and characteristics. Each entry also includes a "Dino Factfile" containing data on scientific name with pronunciation and meaning, location, size, diet, and time period. The luscious illustrations include photographs of fossils and of living animals related to the dinosaur or artistic renderings. The volume concludes with chapters on nondinosaur creatures of the dinosaur age and evolution since then. The end matter contains maps of main fossil sites, a list of museums, and a glossary. The text is better suited to older readers; younger children will be fascinated by the pictures. Compares favorably to Scholastic Dinosaurs A to Z [RBB D 15 03] and The Dinosaur Atlas [RBB Mr 1 04]. All three books describe the work of paleontologists and the excitement of discovery. Depending on the popularity of the subject in a particular community, all three should be purchased. RBB
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If you're serious about dinos, this is the book for you... the paintings of the creatures in motion are riveting (and sometimes a little scary). (Mary Ann Grossmann St Paul Pioneer Press 2003-11-23)

Attractive drawings, well-designed graphic snapshots and accessible language. (Mary Ann Gwinn Seattle Times 2003-12-10)

The subtitle -- The Complete Guide to Dinosaurs -- is no lie... information and illustrations and reconstructions of everything. (Tom Oleson Winnipeg Free Press 2003-12-07)

Nice little factoids make this a winner... A great timeline from 540 million years ago to the present is fun. (Princeton Times of Trenton 2003-12-07)

Lavishly illustrated, this hefty book proves again why dinosaurs are so enduringly fascinating to so many. (Marc Horton Edmonton Journal 2003-12-21)

Informative and fun. (Bruce Dancis Sacramento Bee 2003-11-30)

Comprehensive, well-organized and cleverly illustrated... lively account of the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth. (Keith Runyon Louisville Courier-Journal 2003-12-14)

Not only lists and illustrates 700 known dinosaur species, but also puts dinosaurs into context. (Kim Covert Canadian Press 2003-12-03)

More in-depth information than average dinosaurs texts... Outstanding... a must-have source for libraries where dinosaur study is an annual research unit. (Rollie Welch VOYA 2004-04-00)

Large, vivid illustrations grace every page and accompany data indicating how dinosaurs lived, what they ate, how big they were, where they roamed, and when they lived. (Science News 2003-12-06)

If you're interested in dinosaurs, you'll love Dinosaurus! (Brenda Dillon Resource Links 2004-02-00)

Comprehensive in scope... Filled with abundance of information... An attractive and consistent layout contributes to the book's appeal as does the plethora of fabulous illustrations... An excellent reference book. (Gail Hamilton CM Magazine 2004-02-27)

Lavishly illustrated overview of the most interesting of these creatures... the latest scientific theories. (Globe and Mail 2003-11-22)

Liberally illustrated and much more comprehensive than other recent dinosaur books. (Linda R. Zellmer E-Streams 2004-04-00)

Written by an expert who can't help but convey his enthusiasm... an excellent resource... I would highly recommend this book, especially as a library resource. (Jacqueline Pfeiffer Science and Children 2005-07-01)

Magnificent in its breadth and illustration. Arrangement is by group, and 500 dinosaurs are described. (Booklist / RBB 2004-03-01)

The dinosaurs in this encyclopedia are remarkably lifelike creatures... accessible, nontechnical text... Each entry includes an ingenious fact file... Recommended for public libraries. (Amy Brunvand Library Journal 2003-12-01)

A well-illustrated, large-format book... a good book for a young person who is curious about dinosaurs. (P.K. Strother Choice 2004-04-00) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Packed full of information and photos.
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Although paperback, the binding is thick and the pages are of good card-stock.
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I have a lot of dinosaur books, but this is easily one of the best.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By neoninfusion on May 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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I have been into dinosaurs for 30 of my 35 years, ever since my first trip to the museum gazing upon the fossils of these wonderful creatures. I have an extensive collection of dinosaur books both old and new. "Dinosaurus" is aimed at the new student but is flawed.

The beautifully presented "Dinosaurus" is certainly one of the thickest dinosaur books; almost 450 pages of information contained in 15 chapters. The chapters sort dinosaurs into their broader categories like 'The Giants' and 'Armored Dinosaurs', as opposed to era and period order. The 20 page introduction explains such things as fossilisation, evolution, myths, and time scale. The next two chapters provide information on early life and movement onto land. Chapters 3 to 13 specialise on dinosaurs while the last two go into flying reptiles, sea reptiles and animals of the Tertiary and Quaternary Periods.

Each page features a single dinosaur. Half of the page is a written explanation or description. This mainly presents information on fossil location, discoverer, and some on features of the dinosaur. There is also a fact-file chart. The other half of the page is a picture, either painted or drawn with colour. The book caters for the new student by providing basic information.

I like the way the book is set out. But there are problems:

1) The information is not new or cutting-edge, and where there is individual thought it is only speculation.

The information on each dinosaur is not new. I'm not a palaeontologist, but I have 30 years of interest and knowledge under my belt. I could open an older book of mine and read the same thing for most of the dinosaurs. So, if you are looking for something fresh or new, this is not it.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Joe Zika TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Dinosaurus: The Complete Guide to Dinosaurs" written by Steve Parker is a wonderful text about how the comtemporary view is of the 500 dinosaurs within the pages of this book. "Dinosaurus" is comprehensive to say the least, contemporary, innovative, and is unique in the portrayal of how these dinosaurs lived their lives from flesh-eaters, to egg-stealers, and to the plant eaters. this book covers and extensive array of they animals that we've become to know more about due to new digs and research.

"Dinosaurus" incorporates the latest thinking as to how the listed dinosaurs lived out their lives and eventually died. This book is a challange to the latest thinking on habit and habitat, making for very intertesting reading. When dealing with dinosaurs, perhaps the only certainty to the fact is change. More and more people are lending their collective knowledge to the study of paleontology and we are getting a truer picture of what these animals presumablely looked like from the skeletal remains. With the advent of forensics being applied to paleontology more information is being gleamed for the digs when remains are now found.

The number of kinds, or species, of animals, plants and other living things in existance today exceeds 10 million. While insects are the vast majority. There are some main subgroups of invertebrates which include nearly 100,000 species. With this in mind remember that 99 out of 100 kinds of living things that have ever existed are no longer around. They form a vast array of life that have appeared and then disappeared on the planet.

There is a unique fold out for the different eras and the subgroups of time within them...
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Dinosaurus is certainly a great big book with lots of dinosaur images and simple text to read. You can learn so much about dinosaurs and other animals that live before, during and after them in this book. In fact, I honestly am an expert on dinosaurs. I have been this way ever since I was a young girl. This book, among all the others I have read and enjoyed, will totally keep my dinosaur wisdom refreshed and well informed. It's Simply one of the best!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CH81602 on May 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book rocks! My library has that book and I check it out from time to time and this book should be one of the most cherished and best loved of all dinosaur books with lots of cool dinosaur illustrations, fun facts, and so much more. For over 160 million years, these giant brutes ruled the earth and still do within the pages of this book and all other books just like it. A great literature to have in your home as well as in the library too.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By effcat on March 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
i've gone through a lot of dinosaur titles trying to find the absolute perfect one, and Dinosaurus is pretty much it. the format is great-- one dinosaur per page with accompanying facts/habits/size, etc.-- and the pictures are convincing and scary enough to satisfy all. for people who used to be dinosaur-loving kids (or, for that matter, still ARE dinosaur-loving kids) this is absolutely super plus excellent.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark K. Cleary on November 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book to have on hand because of the vast amount of creatures that it covers.

My only gripe is that some of the illustrations are outdated and not so accurate with current findings. Still it has wonderful artwork and offers a lot of information to the reader. Best used with other Dinosaur guides in my opinion, but great to have in a collection for referencing on not so well known dinosaurs and other creatures that lived during the same time.

If you want more then just dinosaurs, a book that covers other prehistoric life that was around at the same time, this is a great book to have.
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