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Saturday 2 November 2013

Review: How to be a Dinosaur Hunter

I know, I know. You want to be a dinosaur hunter. It's been a goal since you were four, and now you're eight-and-a-half and know almost everything there is to know about dinosaurs, you're raring to go.

But wait, you can't go without this globe-trotting, time-travelling guide to all the highs and pitfalls of tracking the world's most extinguished species.

How to be a Dinosaur Hunter truly has it all.
The book opens with the chapter Buried Treasure, with information on where you can dig for your bony treasure... even down to what you'll need to wear and the tools of the trade.

In Old World Mysteries, you'll be transported to Europe, where the first dino fossils were found. You'll learn how people used to deal with these ancient relics, including one doctor who drew a dinosaur from some fossilised remains, complete with nose horn. Later, it was revealed this 'horn' was actually the dinosaur's thumb claw. Oops!

The Stars of the West chapter takes us to North America where we learn about the fascinating discoveries that took part there, then subsequent chapters take us to South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Dinosaur eras are also covered in chapters - Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, and the final chapter--Piecing it Together--shows how modern-day scientists (ahem--dinosaur hunters) do their thing.

This book is a feast of fun for young eyes. It's packed with endless pockets of imagery and information, in bite-sized pieces perfect for young minds. There is an entire Triassic period of fascination, with maps, speech bubbles and curiosities that will stun and delight.


In terms of readability, this book would suit kids 8+ but kids from 4 and up will still love the superb illustrations and fascinating information, even if they need a little help from mum and dad.

Title: How to be a Dinosaur Hunter
Author: Scott Forbes, Dinosaur Hunter
Illustrator: James Gulliver Hancock, Dinosaur Artist
Publisher: Lonely Planet, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 October 2013
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781743219072
For ages: 6+
Type: Non-Fiction, Information Book