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In Search Of Dinosaurs

illus. by Daniele Fabri. 44p. index. Quarto/words & pictures. May 2019. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781786035493.
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K-Gr 2-This introductory nonfiction picture book opens with an illustrated explanation of a paleontologist's tools; readers see the tools in action throughout the remainder of the book. Dual-page illustrations of dig sites fold back to reveal panoramic images of the prehistoric creatures. On the pages that follow the time period's dig site illustrations, vibrant images of the creatures are portrayed with short descriptive statements. The author refers readers back to the dig site image and indicates where each creature's skeletal remains can be located. The visual contrast between the illustrations of the dinosaurs in their respective habitats and time periods against those of the paleontologist's dig sites will help young readers differentiate the past and present. The brief instructions explaining how to find the remains in each site adds an interactive component. A highlighted box inspires further curiosity by asking "What else can we learn?" The question is answered with additional information using the clues found at a dig site.
VERDICT A refreshing and unique take on the typical dinosaur book, though librarians may want to reinforce the panoramic images or keep this for lesson plans or programming, as the fold-out pages could be easily torn after a few circulation cycles.-Mandy Simon, State Library of Ohio

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