NONFICTION

Everything Awesome About Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts!

Orchard. Oct. 2019. 128p. bibliog. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781338359725.
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Gr 2-5–Playful, humorous, and enthusiastic, the text and illustrations introduce prehistoric eras and creatures with an emphasis on dinosaurs. The conversational text goes above and beyond to engage the reader and goes hand in hand with the simple, bright, cartoonish illustrations. Lowery even hand-drew most of the lettering, with only the fast facts in typeset. This introduction to eras includes time lines, geology, plant and animal life, and insights into evolutionary thought. Lowery uses humor to make facts memorable. Despite the fun elements, there is a lack of documentation (footnotes or source notes) for internal quotes. While the book does have a bibliography of primary sources, it is notably brief. Appended is a how-to-draw dinosaur section that children will be tempted to draw in, and a pictoral dinosaur guide by period.
VERDICT Not recommended, due to the lack of thorough documentation.

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