Explorers: Dinosaurs Hardcover – Illustrated, Unabridged
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Hardcover, Illustrated, Unabridged
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?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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
The quality of the information is such that it'll probably also be perfect for him aged five, six, seven and eight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A book full of facts and information for the kids. This is a great introduction to the world of Dinosaurs for younger children and the interactive element keeps them interested as... Read morePublished on 22 July 2011 by Winslow Alan
This is nice and bright and has some fantastic illustrations. The facts are interesting and the button concept (the reader is encouraged to find out information by following the... Read morePublished on 19 May 2011 by Jimbo
I got this as a present for my girlfriend's nephew, a 5 year-old dinosaur fanatic. And he isn't disappointed. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2010 by Robbie Swale
This is a really good little book for younger ones and is full of fascinating dinosaur information and illustrations. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2010 by P. Sharpe
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. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2010 by A. S. Garton
Aimed at around 8 years plus, this book is packed full of information about every childs favourite beasts - dinosaurs. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2010 by sb
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. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2010 by Crazy Seahorse
This is a real hit with my 5year old Son he loves Dinosaurs and this book has some lovely pictures and is laid out very well for beginner readers.Published on 19 Aug. 2010 by L. E. Cooper
Another day, another dinosaur book you may think and yes, there seem to be more than enough on the market as it is, but I think this is a rather good example of the genre. Read morePublished on 14 July 2010 by SilentSinger