Explorer: Dinosaurs!

Ages: 8 - 12Author: Nick ForshawIllustrator: William Exley


An excellent resource for dino-dedicated kids, this new title in What on Earth Publishing’s fold-out timeline series explores the history of dinosaurs, from their emergence in the Triassic period 240 million years ago through their eventual extinction.

Page by page, “Explore: Dinosaurs” is loaded with illustrations that blend cartoonish with true-to-life styles, plus short descriptions of more than 90 prehistoric creatures that will captivate the imagination of any child fascinated with the dinosaur eras. The seven chapters range from defining what dinosaurs were to what ended their rule of the Earth, from how dinosaurs differed to how they lived and survived. Other chapters cover dinosaur fossil discoveries over the past two centuries, some of the notable dinosaur explorers, and animals that are descendants of dinosaurs.

If there’s a quibble, it’s that the book’s design uses tiny font in describing its gigantic subject. And the cartoony Agent Eric Eagle, introduced at the book’s beginning as the senior librarian at the Eagle-Eyed Explorer Club, seldom reappears until he briefly introduces the exceptional, six-foot long, fold-out, history of dinosaurs timeline. Objections aside, this is a worthwhile, informative, and fun resource for young students and anyone intrigued by these mind-boggling creatures that once roamed this planet.

Don Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice

A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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