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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (5 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713662522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713662528
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 0.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jacqui Bailey is an award-winning author with more than 20 children's information books to her name, including A Cartoon History of the Earth series.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By broxi3781 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
Monster Stones is part of a series I have recently discovered called "Science Works". These books are all meant to make science easily understood by very young children with a target audience of ages 3-6. Some of the subjects covered by this series include how gravity works, electricity, the water cycle, evolution, and of course the formation of fossils.

This may seem a bit young to be teaching children about such complex subjects, but I believe the best time to introduce these subjects is when the child asks about them. Children have a natural and limitless curiosity and a drive to learn - and I do feel children learn so much more when it is a topic that interests them. At first glance, this book may appear too complex for such young children. There is a lot of text, and a fair amount of scientific information. The author does not use very many scientific terms, instead relying on descriptions of the processes involved. Where scientific language is used, it is always explained in the text, so children will learn what a paleontologist is as they read this book, as well as the scientific name for dinosaur poo. Once I actually read this to my son, who was still 3 when we purchased this book I realised that the story like presentation, and cartoon illustration, as well as the language used make this a book that a very young child will easily understand.

This book is told as the story of an dinosaur (Coelophysis) who falls from a cliff and breaks his back, dying slowly and certainly very painfully as the tide and silt begin to cover the dying creature. It is told as if he is still aware as the fish and sea creatures consume his flesh and millions of years pass with his bones gradually being replaced by chemicals in the water, creating the fossilised skeleton.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. CHRISTIAN on 21 May 2011
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I bought this book and some fossils for my 6 year old boy for Christmas 2011. He has always loved dinosaurs but is getting old enough to understand them more.
They complimented each other brilliantly and this book is educational at just the right level for children with great pictures.
Well reccommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By prickly on 16 Oct. 2011
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Bought this as a treat for my 7 year old grandson who is mad on both Dinosaurs and fossils! It is perfect,explains the 'making'of a fossil in simple but humorous terms. Both him and his 5 year old brother loved the comments the Dinosaur made whilst becoming fossilized.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EleriandKat on 20 Oct. 2011
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Bought for my five year old niece who is studying dinosaurs at school. She loved it. Could read some of it herself which was great. Excellent illustrations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DaniB on 30 Sept. 2011
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Great book. Going to use it to introduce fossils and dinosaurs to Reception class, before we become archeologists and palaeontologists! Nice big illustrations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big Bird on 29 Aug. 2011
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My six year old son LOVES this book! It is very informative and very well illustrated. Very educational for a child keen to learn all about fossils.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julianne lewis on 18 Sept. 2013
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My 5 yr old son was absolutely engrossed in this book. We read the whole thing in one go. I have bought more from the series can't wait for them to arrive. Educational with enough humour and illustration to keep young ones entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Essex girl on 4 Mar. 2014
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We bought this for our Granddaughter who is very interested in fossils etc. She absolutely loved the book, so much so that she "opened " up a little museum with little bits of rock etc for her friends to visit.
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