What I Remember About Dinosaurs Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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Waiting for the Ice Age sequel.
Life continues and we procreate, or know someone else who has. The new children, wide eyed and full of rawrs, continue the dinosaur legacy. We want to share with the little rugrats what we know.
Brian Russell has illustrated and written a very fun book that combines the initial childlike wonder meshed with bouts of science. The book is mixed with humor and science, and has a personal touch of his experience in learning about them (which is very likely to be on target with your experience too.)
If you don't have kids, find nieces and nephews or grandkids or godkids. It will make a good Christmas/birthday present.
The book is inherently subjective in its approach, which is one of its strengths; author Brian Russell shares what he loved about dinosaurs and what fascinated him to learn more about them. The book is written in simple and accessible language that kids will understand, while adults will appreciate the references to Jurassic Park, the Loch Ness Monster, and others. The book approaches its subject with a quirky sense of humor that you'd be hard-pressed to find in other books on dinosaurs. It reminded me of the book Dodosaurs--except instead of making up ridiculous imaginary dinosaurs, Russell brings out what makes real dinosaurs funny in their own right. It's also enjoyable how Russell presents the history of paleontology, such as the re-classification of the brontosaurus and the competing theories of dinosaur extinction, all of which end humorously in an ice age.
Another plus are the bold, colorful illustrations. Anyone who's looking for a different kind of dinosaur book would do well to pick this one up.