DK Guide: Dinosaurs (DK Guides)

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DK Guides: Birds uses extraordinary photography and expertly written text to show behavior, habitats, and social structures of almost every bird. DK Guides: Dinosaurs brings dinosaurs and their strange world back to life in astonishing detail. DK Guides: Mammals is an all-star gathering of apes, elephants, whales, bears, cats, dogs, and more. DK Guides: Savage Earth is a remarkable account of our planet's structure and the process that shaped it.

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A pack of fang-toothed Velociraptors gangs up on an unlucky Protoceratops, loping across the desert sand to close in for the kill. A gentle, duck-billed Maiasaura ("good mother lizard") feeds bits of scrub to the appreciative youngsters scampering at her feet. A 41-foot-long, six-ton, flesh-eating Gigantosaurus roars as he lunges at ... a taxicab? DK pulls out all the stops bringing dinosaurs to life in this guide's gorgeous 14-by-21-inch glossy spreads, imagining how they'd appear and behave in their natural habitats, all based on fossil evidence. (Well, except for the Gigantosaurus, who makes a playful appearance with a Barosaurus and a Compsognathus in a bustling downtown scene, just to give you an idea of size and scale.)

DK's seamless graphic treatments and evocative models and photographs are unparalleled, and this oversized Guide to Dinosaurs makes tasty eye candy for any dino lover. Each section tackles a different behavioral or physiological trait ("Arms and Claws," "Hunting in Packs," "Extraordinary Eggs"), placing representative species in convincingly mocked-up settings to illustrate the point. And sneaked in with all these pretty pictures are quite a few meaty but kid-friendly lessons on everything from fossil formation to extinction theory, thanks to award-winning dino author David Lambert. For an imaginative but scientifically rigorous peek into the Mesozoic, you'll find no better guide than DK. --Paul Hughes

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Grade 2-7-Some librarians may wonder where to shelve such an oversized item, but this exceptionally appealing guide won't stay in the library long enough to worry about it. The vivid illustrations are riveting. One page imaginatively places a Gigantosaurus and Barosaurus on a modern city street to convey the huge proportions of these creatures. Other pictures are set in prehistoric swamps and forests or underwater lairs to portray dinosaurs in their environments. The facts are up-to-date, and diagrams and captions help to explain concepts such as how dinosaurs used their tails, how pterosaurs flew, and how fossilized teeth give clues as to what dinosaurs ate. Though there's plenty of material here for reports, the best use of this volume will be for transporting readers back to ancient times when these scaly giants ruled the Earth.
Cathryn A. Camper, formerly at Minneapolis Public Library
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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