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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How Dinosaurs Really Work! by Alan Snow



Release Date - August 2013

Atheneum

Book Review by Bob Walch

What to know what color dinosaurs were? How sharp their teeth were? Or, perhaps, how large a brontosaurus’ brain was? If the answer is “Yes!”, you have come to the right place. Using his delightful cartoons illustrations and sense of humor, Alan Snow answers these a host of other questions about dinosaurs.

The author/illustrator fills each page with his drawings and plenty of facts about each dinosaur he discusses. There’s so much going on and so many details that the you’ll want to take your time to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Many of the two page spreads feature large illustrations that offer a funny view of what’s going on inside a dinosaur. For example, the Rube Goldberg-like innards of the T-Rex are reminiscent of a pirate ship with tiny green dinos manning the “engine room” while others prepare for an attack in the “nerve center” (brain) of the aggressive creature.

Along with hard facts (a T-Rex could weigh up to six tons) the author shares what he dubs “Dino Jokes”.

“What do you call a Tyrannosaurus Rex when he is wearing a cowboy hat and boots?

Tyrannosaurus TEX!”

Perfect for younger readers who might be a little put off or made uneasy by the more realistic portrayals of dinosaurs, this picture book is not only non-threatening but also a lot of fun. There’s a nice blend of silly humor with solid information which means mom and dad won’t have to worry about nightmares after story time is over!

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