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Dinotopia: The World Beneath [Hardcover]

James Gurney
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Oct 1995
Professor Denison is about to unveil his invention, a steam-powered flying machine. His son Will flies it, and disaster strikes. The professor's focus returns to an earlier exploration of caves yielding artifacts he believes point to a long-lost Dinotopian civilization.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Turner Pub (Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570361649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570361647
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 25.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So wrote naturalist Arthur Denison as he completed the first volume of his journals on the island of Dinotopia, the land where people and dinosaurs live in peaceful interdependence. Read the first page
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Marvellous!! 30 July 2001
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This stunningly illustrated sequel to the internationally successful Dinotopia, captivating both young and old alike, is another hit by Gurney.
'The World Beneath' continues the adventures of the Professor Arthur Denison and his son Will (apprentice Skybax rider), as they both persue their Dinotopian dreams. Will persues his goal to become a Master Pilot of the Skybax, and his father continues his now infamous expedition to discover the secret past of Dinotopia. These two contrasting
stories of adventure work well together, although the tale is no longer from the point of view of Arthur Denison, it is still a well crafted tale of discovery.
The body of the book is added to by the blatantly obvious attraction between Denison and Oriana, a new and intriguing character, and the deceptive and villainous Lee Crabb of the original Dinotopia. To say any more would spoil this magnificent masterpiece by James Gurney, another triumph by this talented author and artist. Well worth a read, pure fantasy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DINOTASTIC! 7 May 2011
Sequel fantasy storybook to Dinotopia in landscape HB/dj format. Former scene painter Gurney has transferred his artistic talents to the book illustration medium with aplomb and produced a remarkable result. The book is in the style of a biologist's journal, with watercolour sketches of creature details and oil paintings of whole scenes from the story, all underpinned with excellent draughtsmanship. Check out the footprint alphabet - toe much, geddit? Oh, never mind!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious artwork 31 Oct 2010
Art is a big hobby of mine and I'm always looking for inspiration. I found in in bucketfuls in this book. It is a jewel to linger and drool over. The artwork is brimming with imagination and colour. It is an absolute feast for the eyes. James Gurney's artwork is absolutely gorgeous. Five stars just isn't enough for this wonderful book. Don't ask to borrow my copy because you're not getting it. Go and buy your own. Go and buy it NOW!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome today, even after nearly 10 years 10 July 2005
By Dave Ridolfi - Published on Amazon.com
I first saw this book in my english classroom's bookshelf back in junior high. I was about 13 at the time, and after flipping through the pages, reading a few paragraphs; seeing its astonishing level of detail and wonderfully drawn art, I had to have this book. So I took it home and never brought it back. I wasn't the only one either. At the end of the school year, only 3 of the 7 copies our teacher had remained. Dinotopia: The World Beneath, is that good.

Even now at 22 years of age, the book sits on my shelf as I type this. It's art and story are still captavating to me even today. And its the art that really shines. Well drawn, imaginative pictures that are sure to please children and adults alike. ***High quality and artistical marks here.*** This book is sure to make you say "Wow!" And I'm not really into this kind of stuff. James Gurney knows how to draw, and write a book.

The story is set around the late 1800's on a island where man and dinosaur live with one another in pure harmony and peace (with the exception of the angry Tyrannosaurs) and, in all aspecs, equal. Arthur Denison, sets out to find a lost ancient city of Poseidos. Encountering many dangers along the way. His son Will, who was stranded with him years before on Sauropolis Island is on his own task of helping retreive a plant to make medicine that will save the life of a baby triceratops.

I can't count the times I've read through this book over the years. And for parents who want to know what kind of book they're getting for their children, it is an educational book; teaching in respect, kindness and alike. This ***IS NOT*** no Jurassic Park book. Completely opposite. No blood, no gore. Probably one of the finest fantasy books ever written, it's creative, original and opens the imaginative mind.

Kids will love this book for many years- This isn't a book that will wind up in a box of stuff on its way to a donation center. Indeed a book worthy of handing down to generations to come. You would be hard pressed to find a book that can match Dinotopia in artistic value. A wonderfully made, great book for all.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the impossible. 18 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The World Beneath is a book that does the impossible: It surpasses the original. It's feeled with stunning visuals and an intriguing story that captures you instantly. This books dares to go where the first didn't and have some of it's happy story get a little darker. It really works. It's an amazing sequel and should be read by all the fans of the original. Wonderful book.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Gurney is the best writer I have read about. 16 Jun 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
When I first read Dinotopia, I just enjoyed the pictures. But now, I wish that I was in Dinotopia. I wish I was a skybax rider, soaring high above the clouds. James Gurney makes his world seem real, so real that you can almost reach out and touch it. Because of his beautiful paintings, you are "reborn" into a wondreful fantasy world. I am only 12, but my love of Dinotopia has sprouted, just like shipwreaked humans on the island. I have read both books, plus I have read all the paperback books. Instead of the views of Will and Arthur Denison, the paperback books give you a different perspectave of life on Dinotopia. Like in "River Quest", the book gives a perspectave of a young 13 year old girl, who becomes the rainwater habitat partners and how Mangolia and Paddlefoot recover the Polongo River. If anyone likes the detailed, wonderful world of Dinotopia, I recommend reading the Dinotopian series as well.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Sequel 27 Nov 2002
By Travis Newman - Published on Amazon.com
The first book was one of a kind...until the second came along and finished the story. Dinotopia: The World Beneath is a must have for anyone who has read the first book. There are new adventures, amazing new discoveries, plenty of exciting action and a satisfying conclusion to everything. The illustrations are just as spectacular as they were the first time and the story does not dilute itself one bit. I urge you to find yourself a copy of this book, and also a copy of the original if you have not read that either; both are amazing books meant for all ages.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oops I think he did it again. 21 April 2003
By Jonathan - Published on Amazon.com
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I was pleasantly surprised to find that Gurney's second Dinotopia book is just as good as the first. The illustrations are wonderful. After reading this, I now know more about the characters in the movie Dinotopia.
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