Prehistoric: Dinosaurs, Megalodons, and Other Fascinating Creatures of the Deep Past

Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, illus. by Julius Csotonyi. What on Earth, $18.99 (48p) ISBN 978-1-912920-05-1
In this illustrated guide to prehistory, Zoehfeld travels backward in time, introducing readers to planet Earth’s storied past across the prehistoric timeline. Csotonyi’s images depict the lumbering and soaring dinosaurs of the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic periods and the mass extinctions (a dramatic spread showing the eruption of supervolcanoes represents the end-Permian extinction). The book also covers the sparse terrestrial animals of the Carboniferous and Devonian periods (“you wouldn’t find a single animal with four legs”) and the marine life of the Silurian and Ordovician periods, when “all the action was in the sea!” Zoehfeld highlights trilobites as an example of life that appeared during the “Cambrian Explosion,” and “mysterious, soft-bodied animals” that appeared oceanside during the Ediacaran period 625 million years ago. Bright images and vivid descriptions provide a compelling resource for readers with an interest in prehistory. Ages 7–11. (Sept.)
Reviewed on : 06/13/2019
Release date: 09/01/2019
Genre: Children's
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