Peter Dodson An Alphabet of Dinosaurs

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An Alphabet of Dinosaurs

 
9780001979031: An Alphabet of Dinosaurs

Here are twenty-six dinosaurs as they have never been seen before. Dramatic paintings and fascinating new information provide young dinosaur lovers with the latest facts about familiar dinosaurs such as Maiasaura, Stegosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus rex, and introduces newly discovered creatures such as Quaesitosaurus, Riojasaurus, Xenotarsosaurus, and Zephyrosaurus. Running, fighting, jumping, slashing, nesting, and sleeping--these are the dinosaurs in all their glory.

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About the Author:

Dr. Peter Dodson is a professor of anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the vice president and head of the book review committee of The Dinosaur Society. Dr. Dodson has written two other dinosaur books for kids- Giant Dinosaurs and Baby Dinosaurs, both published in 1990 by Scholastic Inc. He was the editor of the 1990 book, The Dinosauria, one of the best books ever written on the subject. He discovered Avaceratops, the smallest cousin of Triceratops, on a dig in Montana in 1986. Dr. Dodson currently lives with his family in Philadelphia.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 4?A standout among the scores of dinosaur books that have stock photos or overused museum art. Barlowe's original artwork, more than the text (which acts almost as captions), is what makes this alphabet book extraordinary. It shows how well illustration can work, by capturing a fine balance of realism, drama, and imagination. These dinosaurs have the weight of real flesh and blood and are shown fighting, eating, or raising their young. Backgrounds of natural phenomena, such as volcanoes, sunsets, and a torrential monsoon, create a sense of drama and mood. The lighting and backdrop tones are also affected by the illustrations' unique settings?an underwater view, a stark rocky hillside, a moonlit evening?none of them typical dinosaur locales. Like their modern relatives the gila monster and macaws, these dinos are often shown to have brightly colored skin tones. But there's always an implication of purpose in their coloration, be it camoflage, mating finery, or species recognition. That's what ultimately makes this book so good. It links the imaginative possibilities of science with facts. The only disappointment is the alphabetical arrangement, which allows for only one creature per letter. Readers are shown T. rex, but not Triceratops. One can only hope for another volume!?Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
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