Do Dinosaurs Make Good Pets?

Chris Mitchell, illus. by Andrew Pinder. John Blake/Dino (IPG/Trafalgar Sq., dist.), $8.99 trade paper (192p) ISBN 978-1-78418-652-4
In one of three titles joining the Dr. Dino’s Learnatorium series, Dr. Dino, a T. rex “with a Ph.D. in Universal Knowledge,” helps clear up misconceptions about dinosaurs. Irreverent narration carries readers through topics including when dinosaurs lived, how big they were, and theories about how they went extinct (“I don’t like to talk about the extinction of the dinosaurs—it’s very painful for me,” Dr. Dino says). Pinder’s b&w cartoons help sustain the playful mood (“Are you responsible for that?” a parent dinosaur asks its children, as a volcano erupts behind them). It’s a solid introduction to basic dinosaur facts, albeit without the bells and whistles of more expansive guides. Available simultaneously: How Do Astronauts Wee in Space? and How Many Greeks Can Fit Inside a Horse? Ages 9–12. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 01/18/2016
Release date: 04/01/2016
Genre: Children's
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