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Dinotopia: The World Beneath (Dinotopia (HarperCollins)) Paperback – March 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Dinotopia (HarperCollins)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060530650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060530655
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 9.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Gurney's bestselling illustrated fantasy, Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time, conjured up a lost world where people and dinosaurs live in peaceful interdependence. This sequel, which should be equally popular, follows the further adventures of naturalist Arthur Denison and his daredevil son, Will, shipwrecked on Dinotopia since 1862. Accompanied by exotic-looking musician Oriana Nascava and treacherous buccaneer Lee Crabb, father and son ride a submarine and stumble upon the World Beneath, a realm of quaint villages, labyrinthine tunnels, archetypal designs, natural stone sculptures, crystalline caves and lush gardens. The dinosaurs, whether above or below land, are sometimes fierce but more often genial presences who serve as means of transport and attend meetings with human elders. A treasure-hunting search for the fabled sunken city of Poseidos turns up connections among the Dinotopians, ancient Egypt and Atlantis. Despite the cardboard characters and trite story line, the more than 160 sparkling, fey paintings, at once fanciful and precise, pull readers into an enchanting adventure that should capture the most skeptical, armor-plated heart. 200,000 first printing; major ad/promo; Literary Guild, Scholastic and Doubleday Book Club selections; author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 6^-9, younger for reading aloud. In the original Dinotopia, Arthur Denison recorded in a journal his reactions to the amazing discovery of a land where humans and dinosaurs not only coexisted but also conversed. In this book, an omniscient narrator continues the story of Arthur and his 16-year-old son, Will, as the teenager takes to the sky and Arthur ventures to the world beneath Dinotopia. Story and pictures work together in a way reminiscent of a comic book, though Gurney's artwork is anything but cartoonish, and much of the book's fun lies in the elaborately detailed illustrations that ground the fantastic world. Gurney's paintings, more polished here than in the previous book, incorporate the most current information available on dinosaurs, and their lush, romantic feel combines nicely with the diagrams and labeled artifacts. The text, which is mostly action and dialogue, doesn't supply enough background for readers unfamiliar with the earlier story, but dinosaur and fantasy lovers who relished Arthur's first adventure will like this one. Susan Dove Lempke --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

James Gurney is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Dinotopia book series. He designed the World of Dinosaurs stamps for the U.S. Postal Service and has worked on over a dozen assignments for National Geographic magazine, painting reconstructions of Moche, Kushite, and Etruscan civilizations. He has won the Hugo, Chesley, Spectrum, and World Fantasy Awards. Solo exhibitions of his artwork have been presented at the Smithsonian Institution, the Norman Rockwell Museum, and currently at the Lyman Allyn Museum of Art. He has recently been named a "Grand Master" by Spectrum Fantastic Arts and a "Living Master" by the Art Renewal Center. His most recent book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, was Amazon's #1 bestselling book on painting for over 100 weeks and is based on his daily blog gurneyjourney.blogspot.com. For more information, visit www.dinotopia.com or www.jamesgurney.com
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Although you can tell this is definitely a young adult book, it was an interesting read.
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The first book was one of a kind...until the second came along and finished the story.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dave Ridolfi on July 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I first saw this book in my english classroom's bookshelf back in junior high. I was about 13 at the time, and after flipping through the pages, reading a few paragraphs; seeing its astonishing level of detail and wonderfully drawn art, I had to have this book. So I took it home and never brought it back. I wasn't the only one either. At the end of the school year, only 3 of the 7 copies our teacher had remained. Dinotopia: The World Beneath, is that good.

Even now at 22 years of age, the book sits on my shelf as I type this. It's art and story are still captavating to me even today. And its the art that really shines. Well drawn, imaginative pictures that are sure to please children and adults alike. ***High quality and artistical marks here.*** This book is sure to make you say "Wow!" And I'm not really into this kind of stuff. James Gurney knows how to draw, and write a book.

The story is set around the late 1800's on a island where man and dinosaur live with one another in pure harmony and peace (with the exception of the angry Tyrannosaurs) and, in all aspecs, equal. Arthur Denison, sets out to find a lost ancient city of Poseidos. Encountering many dangers along the way. His son Will, who was stranded with him years before on Sauropolis Island is on his own task of helping retreive a plant to make medicine that will save the life of a baby triceratops.

I can't count the times I've read through this book over the years. And for parents who want to know what kind of book they're getting for their children, it is an educational book; teaching in respect, kindness and alike. This ***IS NOT*** no Jurassic Park book. Completely opposite. No blood, no gore.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1997
Format: Hardcover
When I first read Dinotopia, I just enjoyed the pictures. But now, I wish that I was in Dinotopia. I wish I was a skybax rider, soaring high above the clouds. James Gurney makes his world seem real, so real that you can almost reach out and touch it. Because of his beautiful paintings, you are "reborn" into a wondreful fantasy world. I am only 12, but my love of Dinotopia has sprouted, just like shipwreaked humans on the island. I have read both books, plus I have read all the paperback books. Instead of the views of Will and Arthur Denison, the paperback books give you a different perspectave of life on Dinotopia. Like in "River Quest", the book gives a perspectave of a young 13 year old girl, who becomes the rainwater habitat partners and how Mangolia and Paddlefoot recover the Polongo River. If anyone likes the detailed, wonderful world of Dinotopia, I recommend reading the Dinotopian series as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The World Beneath is a book that does the impossible: It surpasses the original. It's feeled with stunning visuals and an intriguing story that captures you instantly. This books dares to go where the first didn't and have some of it's happy story get a little darker. It really works. It's an amazing sequel and should be read by all the fans of the original. Wonderful book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Travis Newman on November 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The first book was one of a kind...until the second came along and finished the story. Dinotopia: The World Beneath is a must have for anyone who has read the first book. There are new adventures, amazing new discoveries, plenty of exciting action and a satisfying conclusion to everything. The illustrations are just as spectacular as they were the first time and the story does not dilute itself one bit. I urge you to find yourself a copy of this book, and also a copy of the original if you have not read that either; both are amazing books meant for all ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book truly does justice to dinosaur books. This book doesn't have caveman walking around killing dinosaurs, it has dinosaurs and humans working together, in harmony. It was just as enthralling as the first. I thought it seemed a bit set up, but after the first 10 pages that was behind me. this book is an excellent read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Tordoff on November 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Dinotopia is an island where dinosaurs and people live in peace, except for the carnivores that live in the Rainy Basin. This book is the sequel to Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time and it was just as good as the last Dinotopia. The sequel brought more depth to the plot without losing any of the original’s glory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of James Gurney and I love this book!!! I've read it over and over and over and I never get tired of it. I like the dinosaurs because everything is drawn to scale, and I love the pictures of the Skybaxs' flying. This is a great book for kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on April 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Gurney's second Dinotopia book is just as good as the first. The illustrations are wonderful. After reading this, I now know more about the characters in the movie Dinotopia.
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