Dinosaur Mountain: Digging into the Jurassic Age
Deborah Kogan Ray, . . FSG/Foster, $16.99 (40pp) ISBN 978-0-374-31789-8
This dynamic book brings readers into the “Bone Wars” of the late 19th and early 20th century, focusing on Earl Douglass, a fossil expert whose search for “something big” made him one of the era's most successful “bone hunters.” Ray's sweeping scenes of the dry Utah landscape capture the excitement of the hunt, while drawings of the paleontologists' presumed fossil finds, hand tools, and graphs and charts offer insight into the meticulous nature of the work. Clear, rich prose documents Douglass's quest—“His heart pounded with anticipation as he began to chip into the sandstone. Slowly, one tailbone after another was revealed”—and his own field notes are integrated throughout. Ages 8–up.
Reviewed on: 03/29/2010