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Explorers: Dinosaurs Hardcover – Illustrated, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Unabridged edition (21 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753418991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753418994
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 1.1 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,261,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

?A new information adventure for younger readers

About the Author

?Dougal Dixon is a science writer specializing in geology and palaeontology. He has over 150 books to his name, mostly about dinosaurs. He regularly takes part in dinosaur excavations, particularly in Montana, USA, and lives near the UK’s Jurassic coast.


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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
A brightly coloured, beautifully illustrated, non-fiction reference book.
Reviewed by a Primary School Teacher (family member)

This is a perfect book for anybody interested in dinosaurs. It combines interesting facts with colourful, vibrant pictures. The language is `child-friendly' and is not full of horrible gory facts that you would not want young children to read. Although the book is aimed at older children, younger children would enjoy this book just as much if read to them or by just looking at the pictures. The font is also big and clear enough for children to start sounding the words out themselves; although some words like pachycephalosaurus might be a bit too difficult! A good page to remember in the book is the index page where it sounds the words out for you pachycephalosaurus is `pack-I-kef-al-oh-saw-rus'- great for adults when reading it to the children!

The coloured 'button' concept used in the book is very interesting. I can see why some people may not like the concept, but I feel it is fun and challenges the children that bit further. The basic idea is that the child would look at the contents page and choose what they want to learn about or choose `their own journey' as the book puts it. There are four categories; Food and Feeding: Red, Science: Blue, Dinosaur Lives: Yellow and Nature: Green. Each `button' has a picture on it too.

The book does not tell you where to find the first `button' so you have to flip through the pages to find this. Say the child chooses to learn about `Science' they would flip through the book until they come to page 7 where they would find the first red `button'.

The child would read the information on this page and then look at the red `button' again where they would find the next page number.
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This is a brightly coloured, nicely illustrated reference book on a familiar topic. My 6 year old daughter is currently learning about dinosaurs at school, and I think that this title would be most appreciated by children in the 6-7 age range.

The 'button' concept used in the book is an interesting one. I think that the idea behind it is to make the book more 'interactive' to a young audience used to clicking online or using game consoles. They can not disguise the fact that it is still a book though, and might be confusing to children who have just learnt to read books sequentially.

There is just the right amount of 'gross' facts that children love. My daughter particularly liked the fossilised poo! I also liked the questions spread throughout the book, with the answers printed upside down, like in a puzzle.

Dinosaur books are always popular. I think that 'Explorers Dinosaurs' makes a good introduction to the topic for children starting out at primary school.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This book employs a multipath approach to imparting information. In addition to ambling through it from first page to last, there is an icon based system to direct readers to the next entry relating to science, nature, dinosaur lives and food/feeding.
There is also a very clear table of contents and an index that includes a pronounciation guide to the names of the dinosaurs featured.
Each double page spread has clear print descriptions together with a numbered key to different parts of the detailed and colourful illustrations (not only has a lot been found out about these beasts since I was a boy, the way that knowledge is passed on has evolved considerably as well!). Not only that but there is a "mystery picture" with the answer (printed upside down) readily to hand.

Although hardly an exhaustive study, I would expect this book to fire up the imagination and curiosity of most normal 5 - 8 year olds... and the road to knowledge starts with the smallest of steps.

There are three other titles in the series so far, "Amazing Animals", "Oceans and Seas", and "Weather" - from the look of "Dinosaurs" I would not hesitate to recommend these as well.
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My seven-year-old daughter and five-year-old son enjoyed this book very much. It is attractively designed, with brief, clear and interesting text about this always popular subject. The pictures are eye-catching and give the illustrations a great feeling of depth. In the Index there is a helpful guide to pronunciation.

You can read this book from beginning to end. Or there are different themed 'buttons' for readers to follow. These include Food and feeding, Science, Dinosaur lives and Nature. I didn't particularly find myself wanting to follow this approach, but no doubt it will give the book repeat value as children can follow a different route each time.

My wife read this book aloud to our children, which held their interest for the 30 minutes or so it took to finish it. The day after, my son asked to look at the book on his own. His verdict was, 'I really like the book. It is interesting. The dinosaurs look really exciting. It looked like there was blood on the Tyrannosaurus Rex, because it is a meat eater.'

I asked both my children if they enjoyed this book. They agreed that they did.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The frustration with many books of this type is that you're asked what each dinosaur is, and you're either faced with sterile bird spotting guide style single images or a bewildering array in which you're told about one or two. This shows a number of dinosaurs on each page, each clearly marked and referenced and linked by an informative theme. There's a good use of colour too, so they don't just picture the greyish-green t-rex copied by every book, they're drawn differently and interestingly, allowing you to speculate on the unknown bits, so it's more entertaining.

The quality of the information is such that it'll probably also be perfect for him aged five, six, seven and eight.
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