- Grade Level: Preschool - 12
- Lexile Measure: 1140L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: DK CHILDREN; 1st edition (March 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789452375
- ISBN-13: 978-0789452375
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.8 x 14 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,770,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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DK Guide to Dinosaurs Hardcover – March 1, 2000
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A pack of fang-toothed Velociraptors gangs up on an unlucky Protoceratops, loping across the desert sand to close in for the kill. A gentle, duck-billed Maiasaura ("good mother lizard") feeds bits of scrub to the appreciative youngsters scampering at her feet. A 41-foot-long, six-ton, flesh-eating Gigantosaurus roars as he lunges at ... a taxicab? DK pulls out all the stops bringing dinosaurs to life in this guide's gorgeous 14-by-21-inch glossy spreads, imagining how they'd appear and behave in their natural habitats, all based on fossil evidence. (Well, except for the Gigantosaurus, who makes a playful appearance with a Barosaurus and a Compsognathus in a bustling downtown scene, just to give you an idea of size and scale.)
DK's seamless graphic treatments and evocative models and photographs are unparalleled, and this oversized Guide to Dinosaurs makes tasty eye candy for any dino lover. Each section tackles a different behavioral or physiological trait ("Arms and Claws," "Hunting in Packs," "Extraordinary Eggs"), placing representative species in convincingly mocked-up settings to illustrate the point. And sneaked in with all these pretty pictures are quite a few meaty but kid-friendly lessons on everything from fossil formation to extinction theory, thanks to award-winning dino author David Lambert. For an imaginative but scientifically rigorous peek into the Mesozoic, you'll find no better guide than DK. --Paul Hughes
From School Library Journal
Grade 2-7-Some librarians may wonder where to shelve such an oversized item, but this exceptionally appealing guide won't stay in the library long enough to worry about it. The vivid illustrations are riveting. One page imaginatively places a Gigantosaurus and Barosaurus on a modern city street to convey the huge proportions of these creatures. Other pictures are set in prehistoric swamps and forests or underwater lairs to portray dinosaurs in their environments. The facts are up-to-date, and diagrams and captions help to explain concepts such as how dinosaurs used their tails, how pterosaurs flew, and how fossilized teeth give clues as to what dinosaurs ate. Though there's plenty of material here for reports, the best use of this volume will be for transporting readers back to ancient times when these scaly giants ruled the Earth.
Cathryn A. Camper, formerly at Minneapolis Public Library
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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In the chapter, Types of Dinosaurs it is broken down into the periods of Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous. For the Heads and Skulls chapter it is mentioned, " Suchomimus had a long, narrow head like a crocodile's, and teeth to match." Prehistoric Earth breaks down what each continent was like during the time period, for Triassic Life" The first dinosaurs appeared in the Triassic Period, about 230 million years ago." For the Cretaceous World "The Earth began to take on its present form in the Cretaceous."
DK Guide to Dinosaurs is suited for children who are interested in learning everything you could ever want to know about Dinosaurs as well as Adults who are curious about them. If you ever had to write a book report this would be the book to purchase on the subject of Dinosaurs.
We have borrowed numerous books over the course of a year on Dinosaurs and I would place this book at the top of the list in gaining knowledge and the vivid illustrations that bring this period to life through the pages of DK Guide to Dinosaurs.
My seven-year old says there are many pages in this book and he reads it at leisure a few chapters at a time. You can gain insight into the social life of Dinosaurs, what their favorite food was as well as which ones were carnivores. There are illustrations of dinosaur eggs and the meteors that were thought to destroy the land of the dinosaurs. The most colorful page is the DinoBirds where you see the red and blue feathered DinoTurkey, and wonder whether the Velociraptor was a DinoBird too.
There is a lot to absorb in DK Guide to Dinosaurs but not overwhelming if you pick and choose topics of interest first and delve in slowly. Inside the index you can easily find where claws are discussed, nasal bosses, plants, asteroids, volcanoes and snakes to name a few. Dorling Kindersley acknowledged many photographs that were reproduced within DK Guide to Dinosaurs, which would make a great gift for any Dinosaur loving fantatic! For some kids just learning the names of all the Dinosaurs can be a fun challenge. This over sized book would sit nicely on a coffee table and be ideal for reading in a classroom environment a chapter a day.