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Uneversaurus Hardcover – April 24, 2007
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It's a funny thing about non-fiction picture books. They usually aren't very funny. But now and then, a book shows up that tickles our funny bones and teaches us just a little bit, too.
Uneversaurus is just that kind of book. Okay, we must admit that were a little slow to get the title (You-never-saw-us!). We thought it was the actual name of a chick-eating dinosaur, but we are small birds with glasses and are a paranoid about things that eat small birds with glasses.
Kids will be drawn to this book's cool cover with an eye that changes to a dinosaur and will giggle over the funny illustrations and comments from the two narrating dinosaurs. All the while, readers will learn some important scientific concepts. How do scientists use clues to figure out what dinosaurs really looked like? How would environment, predators, prey, gender and age affect how they (The dinosaurs, not the scientists) looked? Did old dinosaurs wear false teeth and use canes?
Uneversaurus is a book both serious and silly! Great for art classes and science classes alike!
The opening end papers suggest a color wheel of dinosaur scales and the first page states the fact that "no human has ever seen a dinosaur." Taking clues from nature, colors and patterns are suggested in the finely drawn and colorful illustrations. Were the creatures camouflaged? Were they patterned with strips or spots?
Speech balloons give the dinosaurs a chance to talk and comment. Their commentary is funny and insightful. A double spread coloring pages on the closing end papers, invite the dinosaur lover to color in his or her own ideas.
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I love this book. It has great illustrations and explores lots of fun concepts. The kids were engaged by the text and the speech bubbles. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by JAMES
Professor Potts' UNEVERSAURUS encourages kids to imagine as he embarks on an investigation of what is known about reptiles and what can be guessed. Read morePublished on December 2, 2007 by Midwest Book Review