- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Barnes & Noble; 1st edition (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0760778175
- ISBN-13: 978-0760778173
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,569,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dinosaur Tales Hardcover – Large Print, 2005
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"Besides a Dinosaur, Whatta Ya Wanna Be When You Grow Up?" features a young boy who wants to be a dinosaur when he grows up -- with bizarre results. "A Sound of Thunder" follows a time-travel safari that goes horribly wrong. The eerie "Fog Horn" calls a strange, ancient creature. "Tyrannosaurus Rex" is involved in filmmaking, and the two poems "Lo, the Dear Daft Dinosaurs!" and "What If I Said, The Dinosaur's Not Dead" add a note of whimsy to it.
As with all Bradbury story collections, this is a pretty unusual bunch of stories -- there's humor, there's horror (the second story in particular) and dwelling on children in the Midwest with that odd knack he seems to have. The writing is spare and hard-hitting, and the publisher, ibooks, adds to the entertainment with illustrations. The cover art is the best, very bright and colorful. Inside the text of the stories is often lined with smaller pictures and patterns; the illustrations can be weird and funny, or realistic and almost frightening. The only letdown was Moebius's rather childlike illustrations.
If you have a kid who's obsessed by dinosaurs, or ever were one yourself (fess up! Everyone does it!) then this will be a good collection of dinosaur stories to share. And even if you already have this book in another edition, you may want to get it just for the illustrations.
In his introduction to this collection of tales, one of the greatest fantasy writers of our time identifies dinosaurs as the inspiration for his chosen career. Here are all of Bradbury's dinosaur stories, old and new, under one volume. Includes: * "A Sound of Thunder"--The classic time-travel story of five men who take a trip back in time to hunt a dinosaur and end up changing the past. * "The Fog Horn"--The atmospheric tale of a prehistoric creature from the deep and its strange rendezvous with a lighthouse. * "Besides a Dinosaur, Whatta Ya Wanna Be When You Grow Up?"--A fabulous fantasy in which a lonely boy harbors a longing to become a Tyrannosaurus rex. Plus, a new Ray Bradbury-Gahan Wilson collaboration; an ode to dancing dinosaurs; more. B&W illustrations by William Sout, Steranko, Moebius, Overton Loyd, Kenneth Smith, and David Wiesner.
From the Publisher
Dinosaur Tales is a Magnificent Collection of Famous Tales by RAY BRADBURY, One of America's Best-Loved and Best-Selling Authors. In This Elegantly Designed and Illustrated Book, Bradbury Presents All of His Dinosaur Stories in One Volume!
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a must-have for the budding young fan...with delightful illustrations Read these to your kidsPublished 13 months ago by Daniel C. Shaw
A collection wherein Bradbury expresses his love for the large lizard beasts, in story and poetry. Or, 'dinosaurs and mummies' as he puts it. Read morePublished on November 1, 2007 by average
After watching the movie "The Butterfly Effect", a friend of mine told me that Ray Bradbury had done something similar and much better in a short tale called "A Sound of Thunder". Read morePublished on June 5, 2004 by Alysson Oliveira
There was one story in particular in this book that had a profound effect on me. There have been a few stories that I have read in my life that even upon recollection have been so... Read morePublished on August 15, 2002 by Malik Grady