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Scholastic Dinosaur A To Z Hardcover – September 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Reference (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439165911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439165914
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8-An attractive and useful resource. Introductory essays cover topics such as how dinosaurs are named and grouped. The heart of the book is the alphabetical list of more than 700 entries, providing pronunciation, name derivation, classification, size, era, geographical location, and diet for each species. Brief paragraphs offer further descriptions, behaviors, and interesting facts. Only dinosaursare covered, with no flying reptiles or ichthyosaurs to confuse things. Discoveries, such as Nigersaurus from 1999, are included, and several more recent finds are grouped at the end. See references lead readers from common names to the correct entry, so researchers looking for Brontosaurus are neatly guided to Apatosaurus. Most of the dinosaurs are accompanied by small illustrations, either of the animal or its fossil, and numerous striking full-page paintings show these creatures in their habitats, often in active poses that grab the eye. This encyclopedia fills a gap between simpler volumes, such as Jim Pipe's Dinosaurs A to Z (Copper Beech, 2003) and Rupert Matthews's Dinosaurs A-Z (Blackbirch, 2002), and ones with broader scope like Paul Barrett's National Geographic Dinosaurs (National Geographic, 2001) and David Burnie's The Kingfisher Illustrated Dinosaur Encyclopedia (Kingfisher, 2001). The concise entries, dictionary organization, and comprehensive coverage make this an excellent choice for circulating and reference shelves.
Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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From Booklist

Doing what so many of us wanted as children when we looked for dinosaur books, this one lists dinosaurs in alphabetical order and gives their pronunciation. Other information includes what each dinosaur's name means, its complete taxonomic classification, length, time period, place, diet, and other details. Icons beside each name tell the reader to which class of dinosaur it belongs. Running along the bottom of each two-page spread is a chart identifying these icons. Many dinosaur names are no longer used, and the author explains why the names are not valid.

Almost half of the pages are color illustrations of the dinosaurs mentioned on the facing page's text. Smaller illustrations are liberally placed throughout, including pictures of bones and teeth as they are found at digging sites. Information boxes profile paleontologists or give interesting sidelights about dinosaurs and dinosaur research.

The text is thorough and interesting and not too difficult for elementary-school readers, who will be excited to have this book. The facts and explanations are very interesting and address most of the questions kids have about dinosaurs, how they lived, how they are discovered, and how scientists figure out what they are. The bibliography lists books, videos, reputable Web sites, museums, and expeditions. The author even tells readers how to participate in a dig. This is an excellent purchase for every school and public library, and many children will want their own copies. RBB
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My son loves it!
Ashley Daly
Finally he just said he HAD to have this one to keep with him at all times because it was a BASIC NECESSITY.
M. Henry
The pictures are pretty cool also, we have learned lots of new fun facts about dinosaurs.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bookaholic on November 9, 2006
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I purchased this book because it had been given 5 stars, but I wish I could have looked inside at the pages beforehand. With 700 entries, one would think this book would have a huge number of accompanying illustrations. But no. For every 7-10 entries, you get a mere one full page picture and sometimes a rather small picture or two. As I read each entry, I had no idea of what most of these dinosaurs even looked like, aside from knowing what general group it belonged to. It left me wishing I had bought a different dinosaur encyclopedia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Good Life on April 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My 2nd grader, a future paleontologist, has been a dinosaur fanatic since he was three, and we have read dozens of dino reference books. He checked this one out of the school library and we started digging in. We were glad to find it, because it is the most complete "dino by dino" guide we'd come across. It fills in a lot of gaps left by other books.

Most of the books we've read don't have pronunciation guides or they have outdated info (some still call Apatosaurus by the old name, Brontosaurus), or just tidbits. The Scholastic A to Z book has pronunciations, including alternate pronunciations, meaning of the name, what/who the dino is named after, where it was found, classifications, length, time period, diet, and a variety of other details. The only thing missing is the weight of the dinos, which is an odd thing to leave out. Perhaps we'll gradually jot this info in the book as we read it in other books.

It also includes names that people commonly call certain dinosaurs and clarifies whether the name is truly a scientific name, and often tells you the origin of that misnomer while referring you to the correct name. There are numerous full-color illustrations and sidebars with interesting notes about topics like dinos in the movies, famous paleontologists, etc.

It has a great primer at the beginning of the book that is still interesting reading even if you're familiar with the overall history and classifications of dinosaurs. In general it's not the kind of book you'd typically read from beginning to end, but it's great to refer to when you're reading another book and the info is incomplete.

It's not a perfect guide, but is as close as we've come. I would highly recommend this if you have a dinosaur fanatic in your home! And it's a steal at the used book prices, since the original list price was $23. Go for it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The 'Book Fair' was at my school, when I bought this book. I read a couple of entries and I couldn't stop reading. The only thing I wish they could add to the book is more Illustrations. The print is average size, I guess, and another thing that bothered me was that, it covers almost all the dinosaurs. I was watching a progarm on dinosaurs, and I was trying to look up the dinosaurs but couldn't find them. I reccomend this book for "Dinosaur Lovers" 7-20 of age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Customer on December 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this for my daughter when she was 4. For the past year since then it has been an invaluable resource. If we want more information about a particular dinosaur--how to pronounce its name, where it's fossils have been found, how big it was, etc., we can go to this reliable source for the answer. She also likes me to simply read it to her. The text is very engaging with lots of interesting facts related to dinosaur research and discovery.
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By Peggyh-m on February 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My daughter is 12 years old, in 6th grade, and obsessed with dinosaurs. We have been buying books, videos and DVDs on this subject for her since she was four. According to this book's review, it said it was for grades 4 through 8. So I bought it hoping it would have some new (to my daughter) information, of which it had a little, but not too much.

I would, however, recommend this book to a parent if their child is fairly new with their interest in dinosaurs. With that said, my daughter still liked it for the pictures and other info that it offered and, "Hey!", like she said, "It STILL had dinosaurs in it, mom!"

This book is well-written and would make a nice addition to a younger dino-lover's collection of dinosaur books.
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My 7 year old grandson is a dinosaur addict. He already owned umpteen dinosaur books, but he kept checking and rechecking this one from the library. Finally he just said he HAD to have this one to keep with him at all times because it was a BASIC NECESSITY. I guess he meant what he said, since he takes it with him on overnights and on all car trips, even short ones. The information in it is thorough, up-to-date and extremely well organized. The pronunciation guide is especially helpful when disputes arise among adults with antiquated dinosaur knowledge.
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