Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Book review - Dinosaurs From Head to Tail

Title: Dinosaurs From Head to Tail
Author: Stacey Roderick
Genre: picture book
Similar books: Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
                     How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge
A multilevel delight

Summary: With a simple collage illustration of a body part, readers are invited to guess to which dinosaur it belongs. Eight dinosaurs are featured, with seven more briefly explored at the end. Facts shared range from the commonplace to the more obscure.

My Opinion: Usually I don't review picture books on here but I really wanted to talk about this one. There are probably thousands of dinosaur books for kids already in existence but this one is worth noting. The collage illustrations are reminiscent of Steve Jenkins (whose books I adore). I'm very fond of the structure of this book. Because each question (such as "What dinosaur had a neck like this?") is answered first with the dinosaur's species, then a paragraph describing it's notable features, this could easily be read at different levels. Reading to a little one? Just name the dinosaur and talk about the pictures (though good luck pronouncing Therizinosaurus). Older readers will enjoy the facts. This makes it versatile, able to grow with even the youngest dinosaur fans.

More information: Dinosaurs From Head to Tail releases March 1.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

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