32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Can we ever have too many books about dinosaurs to entice our young people, particularly boys, to pick up a book and read?
Certainly in my school library I put all those with the 567.9 classification on a special shelf so they were easily gettable (and put awayable) because they were in constant demand and it was hard to keep up with the requests.
But this new title by explorer Simon Chapman is not just another book of facts and figures and pictures. Told in a semi-narrative style, Chapman tells the stories of various paleontologists who made the various discoveries across the world and fills the pages with incredible illustrations, pop-outs, pull-downs, lift-the flaps and other devices that make this one of the richest, most intriguing books on this subject I’ve seen. Every page is crammed with new discoveries to be made so the reader feels the anticipation of those early scientists as they pursued their quests.
From the 3D-like cover through to its glossary on the endpapers it is the most sumptuous, luxurious publication you just want to keep running your hands over it and investigating each page thoroughly to what makes a dinosaur, when and where they lived, what they ate, why they fought and why they became extinct.
Not only would this be a very welcome addition to a library’s collection, if I had a student who was passionate about this subject I’d be giving parents a heads-up that this might be an ideal item for this year’s Santa sack!