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A bit more fact checking and polishing required, but not bad
on 15 September 2015
First of all, I'm not entirely certain who the ideal audience for this book is. Some of the language and vocab used gears it toward young children (and the cover tagline suggests the same), but the complexity of the content (not to mention the dinosaur names in of themselves) seem presented in a way that would often be difficult for a child to understand (particularly grievous was that I noticed they threw out the term "hadrosaur" and didn't explain it-- not even in the glossary). I think if you do buy this for a child some adult input would be required for them to fully grasp it, or it's something they'll have to grow up with a bit.
I only have a very basic knowledge of the Mesozoic eras, but even I noticed quite a few errors. Liopleurodon was nowhere near 25m long, T-Rex is seen dragging its tail in one model/restoration, awkward looking pronation of arms/hands, accurately giving Velociraptor's size ("a large dog") at one point in the book but then labelling a 2m tall Deinonychus looking dinosaur in the very back of the book as being Velociraptor-- I think that the book just needed much more polishing. I understand it's geared at children, but at the same time I think that makes it even more important that you get things right early on.
Having said all of that, it's not a bad book at all. It has a lot of nice pictures, and for what it is it's reasonably comprehensive for a beginner. As mentioned, a bit more polishing and it could have been a fantastic guide.