Follow this brave young fellow back through time as he encounters a dozen or so dinosaurs in their natural habitats. Giving a T-rex a bone will only anger him, so you better run into the underbrush. But there you might encounter a dimetrodon with knife-like teeth and powerful jaws, so you better slip into a nearby bay. But there you may attract a kronosaurus, also with big teeth and a taste for small boys. This amusing story leads in a toothy circle of dinos back to the T-rex. The book closes with 'Tim Talks to Dinos' and informative pictured glossary giving more detail about each creature. Activity ideas and a list of dino books and websites round out this offering from the Nevada City publisher. --Connie Goldsmith, California Kids!
If You Could Give a T-Rex a Bone reminds me exactly of the dreams I had as a kid. Dreams that were my first tentative steps towards my dream job in paleontology. I had great fun traveling back in geologic time and my own time. --Carl Mehling, Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History
What do you think a Tyrannosaurus rex would do if you if you offered him a bone? Author Tim Myers explains that the T-rex would be mad because it wouldn't be proper nourishment, so you'd have to run into the underbrush and hide. But there, you might meet a Dimetrodon, so you'd have to jump into a nearby bay. But there, you might see a Kronosaurus, so you'd have to swim into a river. But there, you might be spotted by a Dakosaurus, so you'd have to climb a ridge. But there, a Quetzalcoatlus might dive at you, so you'd have to fling yourself into the ocean. But there, you might run into a Shonisaurus, so you'd have to swim to the beach. But there, you might happen upon a Dilophosaurus, so you'd have to return to the bushes. But there--well, you get the idea. And where is that pesky T-rex?
Children seem to be fascinated by reading and learning about dinosaurs. With a 'tip o' the hat' to Laura Numeroff, If You Give a T-Rex a Bone, which was a finalist for the ForeWord Best Children's Picture Book, is a really neat story that youngsters will enjoy reading and that will introduce them to factual information about various kinds of dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles, which Anise Claire Hovemann's full color illustrations will help them to visualize. In the back of the book, there are two pages where 'Tim Talks Dinos' providing additional material about each of the creatures in the story. There is also another page of 'Dino Fun' with interactive exercises and a list of 'Some great Dino books and websites' for further research. Any child who loves dinosaurs will love this book. --Wayne S. Walker, Stories for Children Magazine