Land of Giants: The Biggest Beasts that Ever Roamed the Earth

Welbeck. Aug. 2022. 64p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781783128501.
Gr 1-3–Even the most enthusiastic animal or dinosaur fan will find much new to wonder about in this well-illustrated informational book about weird and wonderful big beasts. Divided into three major sections—“Forests and Plains,” “Rivers and Seas,” and “Giants of Today”—this book covers dozens of creatures, ranging from millions of years ago to the present time. Mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, and undersea creatures from every continent are included. Each page has a small graphic showing a silhouette of the animal alongside two humans—one adult and one child—which provides a great visual clue about the truly colossal size of the animal and helps clarify the text and offer more context. On a large foldout page showing a time line of life on Earth is every animal drawn to scale, and includes four humans to show relative size. The nomenclature “MYA” (millions of years ago) and “YA” (years ago) used throughout is not explicitly defined, although some readers may infer it from the text. Includes a table of contents and an index. A single scientist is depicted with dark brown skin; all other humans are shown in silhouette.
VERDICT A solid purchase with broad appeal.

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