My First Big Book of Dinosaur Facts

Ruby Tuesday. (My First BIG Book of…). Feb. 2022. 96p. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781788562478; Tr $31.99. ISBN 9781788562461.
PreS-Gr 3–Did dinosaur poop turn into fossils? Which dinosaurs had the most horns or the biggest teeth? What did dinosaurs sound like? These are some of the questions addressed in this engaging introduction to the perennially popular subject of dinosaurs. A question-and-answer format allows the dissemination of both general information and specific details likely to be of high interest to young readers, such as the discussion of fossilized feces. The writing and design are both incredibly accessible; an interested preschooler or a reluctant elementary student working on a project could both find material that is interesting and absorbing. Remarkably realistic digital illustrations of dinosaurs and their habitats are presented alongside photographs of fossils, modern plants and animals, and paleontologists at work. The juxtaposition draws clear connections between the prehistoric age and the remnants that survive today. Helpful asides and pronunciations appear in word bubbles spoken by a diverse group of children drawn in a cartoonish style. Two particularly effective sections explain the process by which fossils are formed and precisely how the asteroid led to the dinosaurs’ extinction. A table of contents headed “What’s Inside?” lists all the questions explored in the book, enabling selective reading. A glossary and comprehension quiz constitute the back matter.
VERDICT This captivating and child-centered introduction to dinosaurs is a recommended first purchase.

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