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Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs : The Definitive Pop-Up Hardcover – July 12, 2005
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When it arrived it appeared very thick. On the sides though it clearly doesnt look like alot of pages. BUT it is filled will alot of fun and factual information. There are 5+ popups per page and each has its own bit of information.
Types of dinos, Carnivores, Herbivores, Feathered, Armored, Biggest etc. Lots of different information in this book.
I got it for my dino obsessed 3 year old. Will be 4 in two months. He absolutely LOVES it. He wants it read as a bedtime story but there is so much info you could prob do 1 page per night and extend it out. He never wants us to stop reading it.
I have always been a fan of popups and this is the most impressive popup I have seen yet. Its just GORGEOUS.
1. It has quickly become one of my son’s most valued possessions.
2. It’s teaching my son about how to have nice things (something my wife and I still need to learn.)
3. We’ve had it for over a month now without any damage.
The three CONS are:
1. I have to protect the book with my life to ensure Bucky doesn’t destroy it.
2. I have to read the book to my four-year-old. My son refuses to read.
3. It costs more than most 12-page books
We bought the Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs because we like to give each of our boys a good book for Christmas each year. We give them the book on Christmas Eve so we can sit quietly as a family and read the evening before Krampus comes to destroy us all. Bucky was pretty enamored with it.
Bucky just turned four, and as a helicopter parent, I feel like I still need to hover over him when he’s reading the book so he closes all the pop-ups and doesn’t smash them. However, when he has had unsupervised time with it, the book has proven to be quite resilient.
As for the content, there is a lot of information that I didn’t know, and the author pokes fun of my antiquated understanding of dinosaurs. Did you know T Rex wasn’t the biggest, baddest dinosaur under the Mambo Sun? It’s true! There was some made up guy named gigantosaurus who owned him.
Anyway, I strongly recommend this book if you have a youngster in your life who is interested in dinosaurs, pop-up books, and the inevitable decline of man. Five stars!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I’m here to help!
We received this only today, but I couldn’t help but make a video for all of you who may be hesitant to spend nearly $30 (depending on current pricing) on a book — it is worth every single penny and more! The size is smaller than I expected but I didn’t read description very well after seeing the pop-ups! As you can see, the main pop-up featured dinos are surrounded by complementary artwork. Some of the sidebars even have two pages to them, just adding to my amazement of how well this book is composed. Each animal is properly labeled with correct spelling and the text gives a brief but thorough description.
All of my kids were amazed by this book, and they range in age from 17 years to 20 months. The squeals elicited from my baby boys upon seeing their favorite “T-Wex” and “Bakkasaurus” was heartwarming to say the least. I had to stop them from giving the T-Rex a drink (because duh, Mom, he’s red so he’s hot) and serving the raptors their chicken nuggets, but it’s all worth the giggles and smiles!
I typically write long, drawn-out reviews highlighting “pros” and “cons,” but for once, I am nearly speechless. Just look at the photos and video and you’ll see why.
This is not to be handled by little ones, obviously, but the other pop-ups we have don’t hold a candle to this one. It is both educational and beautiful, and will be a book passed on for generations I’m sure. Highly, loftily, even aggressively recommended!! 😁
*I feel I should add that there was no compensation, discount, or request for a review. Of the thousands of items I’ve purchased on Amazon for my babies this is, hands-down, #1 with zero bias.
I hope this was helpful, even with all the gushing!
Top international reviews
I have purchased this as a birthday gift for a little boy who is dinosaur-crazy but I'm going to have to include a little note to his Mum and Dad that it is worthy of care and cherishing for the future as it is so beautifully,fragilely constructed and not meant for clumsy handling.
This is a book that all ages from childhood to adulthood can be treasured as something out of the "norm" and I highly recommend to anyone considering purchasing; it is classy outside and a real "wow" factor within.
It may seem pricey in terms of page numbers but believe me,it is worth every penny and more.
Delivery was lazy, with the package just left in a hedge on a rainy/stormy day. By the time I got home the packing was sodden but luckily the book itself had a plastic wrapping which saved it from destruction.
Also have to mention, just cos you get one in the set (they have other books too, such as one on fairies) doesn't mean they are all as good as each other. We got the "Fairies and Magical Creatures" one too and weren't impressed with the written content. Sure it's about the pop-ups, but it's incomplete for a growing child without decent content.
Kids really loved the dinosaur one in her class (she was 5 when we bought it) and also.. do take note, don't buy it used. These pop-ups are gorgeously artistic but quite delicate. We bought the fairy one used and not all the Pop-Ups closed properly and I thought it might just be a simple repositioning, but I couldn't fix them.
So.. all in all - thumbs up for the Dino one - educational, entertaining and breathtaking :)
There was enough action in the pop ups to engage the 3 year olds imagination and energy and enough information in the written content to satisfy the thirst for knowledge and the creativity of the 7 year old.
6 pages of popups over a six day holiday worked well. The children were excited for the next wet day and the next page with the modelling and acting that it sponsored. I can recommend it for any grandmother left to entertain her grandchildren!!!