Something to keep them quiet on a holiday road trip
I don't know what it is about dinosaurs, but kids still seem to love dinosaurs as much as I did when I was little. Here are three books that the young dinosaur fan in your life will love.
1. Dictionary of Dinosaurs: An Illustrated A to Z of Every Dinosaur Ever Discovered.
This book is a comprehensive list of dinosaurs, from the famous ones like the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the more obscure, like the Yinlong, a smaller herbivore found in China. There is a picture of each type of dinosaur, accompanied by some information about where its remains have been found, how big it was, what it ate etc. The illustrations, by Dieter Braun, are not realistic, but rather stylised brightly coloured watercolours. I don't suppose the lack of realism matters too much since we can only guess at details like what colour dinosaurs were, and the pictures do still give the reader an idea of each creature's size and shape relative to humans.
As a dictionary, it's not a book designed to be read in one sitting, more as a reference guide. It would make a great gift for a child aged around 5 or up.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Quarto Publishing Group, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Published: October 2, 2018
2. Dinosaurs Go Christmas Shopping
Dinosaurs go Christmas Shopping is a fun, whimsical picture book created by author Timothy Knapman and illustrator Sarah Warburton, the team behind Dinosaurs Don't have Bedtimes and Dinosaurs in the Supermarket. Since it is that rare treat, a children's picture book with text that actually rhymes properly, this would be a great book to read aloud to younger children in the lead up to Christmas.
3. Jurassic Giants: T Rex and Other Prehistoric Predators
This picture book focuses specifically on the predators among dinosaurs. It talks about where they lived, how they hunted and answers the question "could anything eat a T-Rex"? Jurassic Giants is written by Jacqueline A. Ball and illustrated by Eldar Zakirov in a realistic looking style. It's packed full of bite-sized facts and statistics of the kind that small humans love to randomly tell you while you're trying to cook dinner or persuade them to go to bed. It also comes with a kit to build your own 6 inch tall model of a T-Rex skeleton. It would make a great gift for children aged around 7 and up.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Quarto Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Published: September 11, 2018