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Uneversaurus Hardcover – April 24, 2007

4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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About the Author

Aidan Potts, alter ego of the dashing Professor Potts, has worked as an illustrator for all the national daily newspapers in England and currently produces a weekly comic strip about idioms for the Times Educational Supplement. He lives in London.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385751192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385751193
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,342,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book was reviewed by Three Silly Chicks - Readers, Writers, and Reviewers of funny books for kids. [...]

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!
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This book uses humor and science to speculate about the coloration and appearance of dinosaurs. What did these creatures look like? That is the gazillion dollar question and why this clever and insightful book intrigued me. The title itself is a play on words, you-never-saw-us/Uneversaurus...

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. I learned something as well: I now know what countershading is all about.
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