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Tuesday 31 October 2017

Review: Dinosaur Atlas

Dinosaur Atlas is part history lesson, part archaeological dig. A fantastic book for kids who are dinosaur-crazy and those who are not.

A new book from Lonely Planet Kids, it is filled to the brim with dinosaur facts, figures, diagrams and illustrations.

Its contents are easy to dip in and out of, and just as suited to an in-depth exploration.

Photographs show real-life fossils and some depict people next to them to help demonstrate size.

Flaps of varied shapes and sizes let readers experience the uncovering of information, learn what is beneath the earth's surface, and see the prehistoric dinosaurs and today's animals in a different light. They are creatively applied and spread throughout the book, and some are easier to find than others, so look carefully.

Some dinosaur names include a pronunciation guide, while others come with trivia about the origin of their name (Stegasaurus means 'roof lizard'). 

Most important of all in an atlas, there are maps (including larger fold-out ones) which explain how fossil discoveries prove that continents were once joined, and the location of dinosaur fossils across the world, and with a focus on specific parts of the world.

Along with the small, large, scaly, feathered and other kinds of dinosaurs, you'll also find stories about dinosaur or fossil 'hunters' and famous dinosaur discoveries.

Dinosaur fans of all ages will love this book, which is also ideal for school projects.

Title: Dinosaur Atlas
Author: Anne Rooney
Illustrator: James Gilleard
Publisher: Lonely Planet Kids, $ 27.99
Publication Date: October 2017
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781786577184
For ages: 8 - 12 year olds
Type: Junior non-fiction