cover image Dinosaurium: Welcome to the Museum

Dinosaurium: Welcome to the Museum

Lily Murray, illus. by Chris Wormell. Big Picture, $35 (112p) ISBN 978-0-7636-9900-0

This addition to the Welcome to the Museum series offers a vivid tour of a paleontological exhibition. Beginning with a graphic representation of a dinosaur family tree, the tour leads readers through six “galleries” devoted to different geological periods and dominating dinosaurs of those eras. Wormell’s dramatic digital engravings are reminiscent of vintage scientific plates; each is paired with a corresponding key identifying the image, while in sections of lively, clear prose, Murray offers greater detail about the subjects in the tableaus: “Pachycephalosaurus are thought to have used their helmetlike heads either for display or to fight one another, most likely over mates or territory,” she writes. The muted color palette adds to the sense of visiting the dimly lit hallways of a natural history museum with curiosities to be found around every corner—or, in this case, with the turn of the page. Ages 8–12. (Apr.)