A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Violence & Scariness
Carnivores and raptors are shown fighting and eating dead prey, including one pop-up where an allosaurus pulls a strip of flesh out of a dead dino as you open the page.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book is both too delicate, and possibly too scary (on one page the jaws of a T-rex come out at the reader), for young kids. Though thoroughly researched, some of the information presented verbally and pictorially is controversial, though the author is usually careful to indicate this.
Is It Any Good?
It's hard to imagine any dinosaur-loving kid not wanting this book. Robert Sabuda is the reigning king of pop-ups, and this book amply shows why with a profusion of intricate marvels of paper engineering. Each pop-up illustrates the latest thinking about the species depicted, some so cutting-edge (such as the coloring) that they may be controversial. A T-rex appears to lunge out to bite the reader, while an archaeopteryx unfolds its wings and appears ready to fly away, an allosaurus pulls strips of meat from its prey, and an ankylosaurus bops you with its armored tail.
The author employs humorous titles and clear text that uses accessible comparisons (such as to cars, school buses, and cafeteria trays) to convey a lot of information in a short space, and includes pronunciations. Both the language and the delicacy of the pops make it more appropriate for older readers, though little ones will have trouble keeping their hands off it.
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