The Age of Dinosaurs: The Rise and Fall of the World’s Most Remarkable Animals

HarperCollins/Quill Tree. Mar. 2021. 272p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062930170.
Gr 5-8–Brusatte hits a perfect note for young readers, infusing the text with his enthusiasm while making sophisticated vocabulary and concepts readily accessible. First-person accounts of digs, gender-balanced profiles of an international array of leaders in the field, and deeper looks at the cutting-edge technology used for research make for compelling sidebar reading and complement the text. The artwork demonstrates an attention to detail that reflects descriptions of recent discoveries. The relationship between geology and paleontology makes this book a natural tie-in to earth science topics. A time line and chronology preface the text; captioned photos, a glossary, a pronunciation guide, and an index are included. A brief further reading section lists key texts for younger readers and adult titles penned by the author.
VERDICT Brusatte’s work pops with all the excitement of a dinosaur-themed “CSI” show. Budding scientists and dinosaur enthusiasts will relish this deep dive into the detective work that comprises a fascinating field.

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