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Saturday 17 January 2015

Review: Excavate! Dinosaurs

So Christmas and New Year have passed and the school holidays still have a few weeks to go. If your young ones are dinosaur enthusiasts, however, then you're in luck, as this awesomely wonderful activity book is sure to keep them occupied for hours if not days!

Starting with a brief explanation of palaeontology, Excavate! Dinosaurs then goes on to examine the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods before giving a detailed guide to twelve of the most amazing dinosaurs that once lived on Earth. From Triceratops horridus to Allosaurus fragilis, each dinosaur is beautifully illustrated, while fascinating facts provide plenty of 'Did you know …?' fodder for the aspiring palaeontologist.

The second half of the book is where it really gets interesting though. After carefully studying the information pages, readers can then press out over twenty pages of bone pieces and build the twelve dinosaur skeletons for themselves in fantastic 3D. (Hints are provided to help readers identify where particularly tricky pieces might go.)

This is a beautifully produced book that's perfect for slightly older kids to tackle by themselves; younger readers will need the help of a handy adult.

Title: Excavate! Dinosaurs
Author: Jonathan Tennant
Illustrators: Vladimir Nikolov and Charlie Simpson
Publisher: Ivy Kids, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: November 2014
Format: Paperback with flaps
ISBN: 9781782401445
For ages: 8+
Type: Activity Book