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Extinct Files, The: My Science Project Hardcover – August 1, 2006

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Grade 1-5–When young Wally catches a scaly beast passing by his window, he ditches his science project about his pet iguana and gathers evidence that will contradict all that is known about dinosaur extinction. This large, colorful, faux notebook is organized into sections that present observations on habitat, diet, grooming, communication, defenses, and other categories. Photos (done in watercolor, colored pencil, and gouache) of various creatures are Scotch-taped onto the pages and accompanied by colored-pencil sketches. The dinosaurs wear clothing (a polka-dotted dress, sneakers, a top hat, etc.), ride two-wheelers, play Peewee fossil-ball, and attend school. Concerned about their appearance, some will even apply makeup with mops, brush their teeth with old Christmas trees and floss with garden hoses. In the end, as readers may glean from the claws on the cover, the project is purloined and thoroughly enjoyed by a group of dinos, leaving Wally to write a lame-sounding excuse to his teacher (I think the dinosaurs ate my homework). The combination of childlike imagination and humor makes for a dino-mite presentation. Although this compelling book is highly tongue-in-cheek, it could provide a starting point for discussions about research methods, scientific observation, and extinction. It's clever, funny, creative, and well conceived.–Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA
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This is the type of picture book readers will revisit for both its wit and its clever format. Buy extra copies; it won’t stay on the shelves for a minute. (Quill & Quire)

The combination of childlike imagination and humor makes for a dino-mite presentation ? It’s clever, funny, creative, and well conceived. (School Library Journal)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553379713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553379713
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,974,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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