Thursday, February 28, 2019

Review: Dinosaurs Rule Series from Lerner



Take a peek beneath the canopy of prehistoric forests to discover the world of dinosaurs. Spread-by-spread battles pit species against one another in scientifically accurate battles, while fact files give report writers the info they need at a glance.

Dinosaur books are abundant and popular, so it can take some doing to set your series apart. Mason does this effectively by putting together accurate pairings of dinosaurs - those who actually lived in the same area and time period - in a dinnertime battle, each followed up with two pages of easy to read facts and pictures giving a quick rundown of each prehistoric animal. I especially liked the scale outlines showing how each would compare to an average human being.

End pages include a section called "Believe It or Not" (Allosaurus may have eaten its prey live!) and a couple pages on subjects such as the death of the dinosaurs or dinosaur mysteries (sorry, I still say the Loch Ness monster is real). This series balances the line carefully of drawing in readers looking for excitement without sensationalizing to the point of losing accuracy. A nice addition to your elementary or middle school library.

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