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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
There are two ways to read this book; from beginning to the end or by following one of four `paths', depending on which coloured button you choose. Whatever route you take, you'll end up at the `More to Explore' page at the end. And therein lies what could be the downfall of this new series of Explorers books. Falling between two stools, it might be too much for those at the youngest end but not enough for those at the other. What's missing from within the book - though it is included within the index - is how the names of the Dinosaurs featured is pronounced. Pachycephalosaurus isn't the easiest `saur to say and some assistance should have been given in the main body of text - maybe a better course of action would have been to remove the `difficult to read' Dinosaurs and replace them with easier ones to name.

Whilst this is simple to follow and the pictures are colourful enough, there are better options available, the Knowledge series from the same publisher being just one of them.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
If your children are interested in dinosaurs then this book will be a welcome addition to their library.
The book is extremely well illustrated and informative.

It is divided up into several chapters including plant eaters, meat eaters, and an explanation of the possible cause of the disappearance of the dinosaurs. It describes them in detail and explains how they defended themselves, the plants they liked to eat and if they lived in groups.

There are a couple of illustrations that are a little bloodthirsty but in the context of the book they are entirely appropriate for children.

Apparently there is a theory that dinosaurs were quite brightly coloured! Was the Tyrannosaurus purple with pink spots? Who knows?
It is a book that is fine for ages 5 and upwards, full marks to the illustrators and to the information contained in the book.

The Explorers range of books are great introductions to subjects such as this.

A worthy 10/10
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VINE VOICEon 26 August 2010
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This a non-fiction that can be read in various ways via icon based trails. It can be read from cover to cover or you can follow the icons through it to follow a theme. I read it with my 7 year old, she liked the pictures and she really likes facts and non-fiction and liked those to. I think it is well illustrated colourful and attractive.

Dinosaur books let themselves down as an educational tool I think because the dinosaur names are too hard to read for a lot of young children, which doesn't make them an easy reference. This book is no different, but I had hoped that the explorers theme trails would help unlock the information without the tricky words. However my daughter didn't really understand the icons or how she should follow it through. The book has ended up on the shelf rather on the large pile by the side of my daughters bed for looking at and I guess this is the biggest review indicator you could have.
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VINE VOICEon 30 June 2010
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It seems most young children reach the stage where they start to show an interest in Dinosaurs. My 5 year old has been learning about them at school, and came home full of questions. There's a lot of books covering this subject, and many aimed at primary school children, but Explorers Dinosaurs is a refreshingly different approach. The illustrations are first class, and the book contains a very good balance of information that can easily be understood by the young enquiring mind. There are also question and answer sections on most of the pages too. I can say that it seemed to satisfy my daughters curiosity, and has become a firm bedtime favourite. So much more educational than Princess story books!!
It's also no doubt responsible for her sudden interest in watching Jurassic Park movies!! So, a real bargain, and a highly recommended all in one entertainment and educational tool too.
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VINE VOICEon 18 June 2010
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I got this book for our 6 year old as, like most urchins her age, she has a grisly interest in what big beast used to eat each other. What else can I say except that she loved it and enjoyed copying some of the brightly coloured pictures in the book. The different ages of dinosaurs are explored along with big drawings of the more recognisable ones, along with a few that might be new to some readers. The prose is clear and easy for small readers to get their heads round but thankfully it stears clear of patronising prattle and cheap cartoon drawings we've seen in other books. So why only 4 stars instead of 5? Well, I think the book is fairly basic and aimed at under 10s so the age appeal will be limited. Very small children will like the pictures but maybe the information is a bit too complicated, while older kids will probably want something a bit meatier... and a bit gorier.
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VINE VOICEon 26 December 2010
I got this as a present for my girlfriend's nephew, a 5 year-old dinosaur fanatic. And he isn't disappointed. Although the book is probably slightly beyond him in terms of the written content, there are enough pictures and dinosaur names that are familiar to him to get him interested, and hopefully it should be appreciated by him even more as his reading improves over the next couple of years.

There's lots of useful information in here as well as the pictures, and I think this is something that will definitely help him learn more about dinosaurs (if he wants to) over the next few years.
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VINE VOICEon 29 May 2010
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This book has really good pictures to get the child's interest, it's very colourful and attractive and has quite detailed information too. My only criticism would be that the text can appear disorganised at times.It is done in bite sized chunks over the page but sometimes its hard to know where to start. It is good for children to dip into though and has a choose your own journey feature with logos to show where to go to focus on specific topics like food and feeding or science.Overall it is a good book worth having for children with an interest in dinosaurs,or to get them interested.
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VINE VOICEon 11 June 2010
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
s the title suggests this a very nice learning tool for the young curious dino lover who doesn't only yearn to see pictures of the inevitable predator v plant eater encounters but also wants to find out a bit more about how they lived.

The colour coding is a great tool in terms of cross referencing points nice and easy and following different topics nice and straightforward.

All in all this is a very good, colourful and well balanced read with a nice level of detail in leading kids around the pages.

A very sound buy indeed for all lovers of the mighty dino!
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on 27 August 2010
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Aimed at around 8 years plus, this book is packed full of information about every childs favourite beasts - dinosaurs. My girls are younger than that but my eldest enjoys it when I read it to her as there is plenty on the pages for her to look at and question me about.

The illustrations are fantastic and each picture of a dinosaur is linked to a snippet of information about that particular creature. Some of the words are difficult to pronounce and understand, so parents be ready to explain to your inquisitively minded children what it all means!
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VINE VOICEon 21 October 2010
Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I have been reading this with my six year old boy. The pictures and text are all very engaging, which has encouraged him to read to me and by himself. There are a small truck load of dinosaur books out there, but while this one doesn't have much to wow - no pop-ups of pull outs, for example - it is a cut above most of the books we have on our shelf on the same subject. The pictures are decent quality, and the text isn't too babyish and relatively educational. I guess the average ten year old would want more, but for under tens it's a good buy.
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