How Big Were the Dinosaurs?

Bernard Most, Author Harcourt Children's Books $16 (38p) ISBN 978-0-15-236800-5
Certainly Jurassic Park swept away any possible doubt about dinos' enduring popularity: though extinct, T. Rex and his pals are here to stay. Most's seven books about these fabulous creatures have done much to enhance youngsters' enjoyment and understanding of the topic; his latest offering handily continues that tradition. Familiar objects (book, toothbrush, bulldozer, a baby's crib) are ingeniously juxtaposed with dino likenesses to illustrate the book's opening sentence, ``It's hard to imagine how big some of the dinosaurs really were.'' Most's customarily playful, vividly hued artwork blends perfectly with kid-friendly lingo for painless edification. Noting, for example, that the Mamenchisaurus's neck was ``longer than a school flagpole,'' Most suggests that ``this is a dinosaur worth saluting.'' The concept of size reaches its zenith in a triple-page fold-out spread: one side compares the relative proportions of a Seismosaurus and an Apatosaurus; the reverse shows a gaggle of children capering on a dino's tail. A mammoth delight. Ages 3-8. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/04/1994
Release date: 04/01/1994
Genre: Children's
Prebound-Sewn - 38 pages - 978-0-7857-8643-6
Hardcover - 1 pages - 978-0-15-206469-3
Paperback - 38 pages - 978-0-15-200852-9
Paperback - 34 pages - 978-0-382-33658-4
Prebound-Sewn - 1 pages - 978-0-606-07673-9
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