My First Pop-Up Dinosaurs: 15 Incredible Pop-ups

illus. by Owen Davey. 20p. Candlewick. Apr. 2019. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536205664.
PreS-Gr 2—Perfectly sized for small hands, this fun-to-browse volume blends eye-catching illustrations and sturdy paper engineering to introduce 15 dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles. Presented in warm earth hues and understated geometric designs, each stylized creature poses, prances, soars, or swims against mostly clean backdrops that provide color contrast and minimal detail. The pop-up element adds interest and sometimes indicates way of life: a Brachiosaurus lifts its long neck to stretch far above the book's upper horizon; several smaller-size coelophysis scuttle across the pages; a tyrannosaurus bares its teeth from center spread; an oviraptor raises feathered wings; an elasmosaurus gracefully dips its neck up and down (its ocean environment is indicated by wavy lines in the background); and one pachycephalosaurs butts its domed head in the direction of another. The only text is the species name and a helpful phonetic pronunciation guide.
VERDICT This handsome offering makes an inviting first stop for young dinophiles, who will be inspired to dig deeper and learn more.

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