From School Library Journal
Grade 4–6—A colorful compendium of prehistoric life from the Cambrian to the Quaternary periods, including such neat oddities as the Diplograptus, Cynognathus
, and Dinornis
, as well as the more familiar trilobite, Stegosaurus
, and Smilodon
. Arranged chronologically, this album of prehistoric snapshots provides spreads on each critter, which include a large, realistic illustration, a photo of an extant fossil, an explanatory paragraph, informative captions, and a "Fact-File." The latter offers pronunciation of the animal's name, geographical distribution of its fossil, size, and other data. The fiercely toothy T. rex
on the cover is an eye-grabber, and teeth, fangs, claws, and threatening behaviors are well to the fore, intermixed with tamer depictions. A standard glossary and one on "Animal Families" are included. Simpler than Thomas Holtz's nifty Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages
(Random, 2007) or Alan Turner's attractive National Geographic Prehistoric Mammals
(2004), this title will appeal to dinophiles and Ice Age lovers alike.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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"Wonderful illustrations capture each creature as it might have lived. … Starting with trilobites and working up to early mammals with everything in between, this title will be a hit with your students. It is a great addition to any collection especially for second grade research or for those students whose interest is high. This is a treasure trove of interesting facts without being overwhelming."
Maureen Mooney, Library Media Connection
, June 2009