Armored Disnosaurs

9781625880123. ea vol: illus. by Graham Rosewarn. 24p. (Discovering Dinosaurs Series). diag. glossary. illus. index. Smart Apple Media. 2014. lib. ed. $25.65.
Gr 2–4—These books group dinosaurs by unifying characteristics. After a brief introduction, including the major time divisions of the Mesozoic Era, a noteworthy member of the group is introduced along with a cross-section diagram showing the bone structure, followed by several other dinosaur species. A fact box with size and age range accompanies each animal, while the text provides physical and behavioral information. Dinosaur names are broken down into syllables, with a rudimentary pronunciation guide. Details reflecting the new thinking on dinosaurs' appearance are evident from the illustrations, and the occasional background is done in low-contrast washes. In spite of an assurance that "There weren't any people on Earth when dinosaurs were alive," the child illustrated on every spread as a size reference may prove confusing for casual browsers. With so many dinosaur series available, new ones have to stand out; this set doesn't.
Each volume presents simple facts about a selection of related dinosaur species, focusing on their physical features or inferred behaviors, with emphasis on correct pronunciation of the Latin names. Illustrations include well-detailed renditions of the animals in active poses. Though often for scale, cartoonlike sketches of human children near the dinosaurs are sometimes purposeless and distracting. Glos., ind. Review covers these Discovering Dinosaurs titles: Armored Dinosaurs, Dinosaur Giants, Flying Reptiles, Mighty Killers, Peaceful Plant-Eaters, and Speedy Hunters.

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