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Interesting but flawed
on December 6, 2009
The cover of this book has a hole cut through it; the eye you see is actually on the first page, and shows through the jagged hole in the cover. It's dramatic and striking, but makes the book fragile. My copy arrived with the edge of the hole bent, and part of the inside cover ripped off. It probably happened during the manufacturing process, as the hole was punched out of the cover. The flaws don't affect the readability of the book, but you wouldn't want to give a book in this condition as a gift. Also, when you hold the book, your hand rubs against the edge of the hole, and it doesn't seem very sturdy. I would guess that if this book is read a lot, the cardboard will fray and separate into its component layers, even if the book is treated very gently.
As for the contents...I wasn't wild about the text. For small reasons (inconsistencies like Dakota being described as both "a young adult" and "not yet an adult") and more major ones (Pachycephalosaurs headbutting each other - that idea has pretty much gone by the wayside). Yes, it's only a kids' book, but somehow, I expect more of a scientist.
I did like the pictures in the book. Some are photographs of the actual people and site involved in the discovery. (Probably re-enacted - the scientists look too clean and neat, with nary a speck of dust or drop of sweat to be seen.) Some are "Walking With Dinosaurs"-style digital creations, with 3D models added to photographic backgrounds. I paid only a couple of bucks for this book (one of those lightning deals), and feel I got my money's worth just for the images.