Saturday, September 26, 2009

Gibbons, Gail. Dinosaurs!(Brief article)(Children's review)(Book review).

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This is a simpler book than the author's Dinosaur Discoveries (Holiday House, 2005) but still adheres to the "nonbird" dinos, meaning those without feathers. Gibbons present a parade of Prosauropods, Therapods, Sauropods, Ceratopsians, and others for neophyte perusal, along with notes on the fossilization process, paleontology in general, and dinosaurian behaviors. Her rather slapdash illustrations do not include a time line, so young readers may not be aware that a variety of Ankylosaurs existed from the Middle Jurassic to the end of the Cretaceous (a period of some 150-plus million years) and did not all exist at one moment in time. Statements indicating that Prosauropods were plant-eaters may be confusing when a blade-toothed Herrerasaurus (admittedly a confusing critter in his own right) is included in the illustration. Gibbons's books have proved popular in the past, and this new one should prove attractive as well.--Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

Named Works: Dinosaurs! (Nonfiction work) Book reviews

Source Citation:Manning, Patricia. "Gibbons, Gail. Dinosaurs!(Brief article)(Children's review)(Book review)." School Library Journal 54.12 (Dec 2008): 110(1). Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 26 Sept. 2009

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