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Everything awesome about dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts!
2019
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Summary
The Boys' Book of Survival meets Dav Pilkey with a prehistoric twist, in this definitive, go-to book about EVERYTHING you EVER wanted to know about dinosaurs. Discover a wealth of weird, wacky, and wild facts about dinosaurs, told in Mike Lowery's signature comic style with bright and energetic artwork, fresh framing devices, and hilarious jokes. This will be the go-to book for dinosaur enthusiasts that kids will put in their backpacks and obsess over, bridging the gap between encyclopedic nonfiction content and lighter picture book fare, filling the need with a one-stop shop for the legions of 6-9 year olds who want to know absolutely everything there is to know about dinosaurs.

Discover the must-have book for dinosaur enthusiasts, a madcap field guide full of facts and humor, and learn everything you ever wanted to know about prehistoric beasts!
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School Library Journal Review
Gr 2--5--Playful, humorous, and enthusiastic, the text and illustrations introduce prehistoric eras and creatures with an emphasis on dinosaurs. The conversational text goes above and beyond to engage the reader and goes hand in hand with the simple, bright, cartoonish illustrations. Lowery even hand-drew most of the lettering, with only the fast facts in typeset. This introduction to eras includes time lines, geology, plant and animal life, and insights into evolutionary thought. Lowery uses humor to make facts memorable. Despite the fun elements, there is a lack of documentation (footnotes or source notes) for internal quotes. While the book does have a bibliography of primary sources, it is notably brief. Appended is a how-to-draw dinosaur section that children will be tempted to draw in, and a pictoral dinosaur guide by period. VERDICT Not recommended, due to the lack of thorough documentation.--Nancy Call, formerly at Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
Booklist Review
The cover of this book boasts that it contains a gazillion true facts, and while that might be a slight exaggeration, a wide array of entertaining prehistoric information is indeed crammed inside. Lowery covers a vast swath of Earth's biological history, from the earliest and simplest forms of life to the incredible variety of creatures that developed from those humble beginnings. He does a fantastic job of balancing out the plethora of facts with a wonderful sense of humor; to that end, the last few pages even present a section of dino jokes that are sure to be repeated long after the book has been put away. The bright, cartoonish illustrations and often hand-lettered text are perfectly suited to the writing's irreverent tone, which makes absorbing the facts a breeze. And while the sheer density of information may make this book difficult to devour in a single sitting, it is the perfect choice for young dinosaur enthusiasts to dip in and out of, as they are sure to return to it again and again.--Emily Graham Copyright 2010 Booklist
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