Dinosaurs Pop off the Page!
By Dr. Robert T. Bakker, Illustrated by Luis V. Rey
Random House Books for Young Readers, $9.99, 76 pages
Dinosaurs: In Your Face! is a collection of three dynamic books – Dinosaurs!, Dino Babies! and Prehistoric Monsters!. Paleontologist Dr. Robert T. Bakker uses his vast knowledge to write the kid-friendly scientific text that accompanies the 3D images. Difficult words are spelled phonetically to help beginning readers. In Dinosaurs!, readers learn about the three different dinosaur periods, types of dinos, timelines, dino diets, fighting techniques, fossils and modern-day dino ancestors. Did you know that a parakeet is the great-great-great-grandchild of a dinosaur? In Dino Babies!, find out if dinosaurs made good parents and how they communicated, protected and fed their little ones. Dr. Bakker tells readers which dinos made the very best moms and dads! Finally, in Prehistoric Monsters!, kids meet undersea creatures with tentacles, spiked pinchers, thick armor, flippers, strong jaws and fangs. How did monsters with these characteristics survive underwater? Learn about evolution and find out where human beings (homo sapiens) fit into the evolutionary timeline. Paleoartist Luis V. Rey’s illustrations literally pop off the page when you slip on the included 3D glasses and the stories come to life.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin