Absolute Expert: Dinosaurs

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Dino-lovers scour the earth for more than just dino bones, they search for great dino books, too. Thankfully, National Geographic Kids latest installment fits that bill. It is called Absolute Expert, Dinosaurs: All the Latest Facts From the Fields. It is written by paleontologist Steve Brusatte, and it is a dino-lover’s delight.

From the front to the back, this book is chock-full of dinosaur tidbits. There are signature illustrations of gigantic dinos drooling and tearing the flesh off of other dinos. There are explanations of how difficult it must have been to be a huge dino. There is also info on how dinos negotiated their immense weight as they ambled across the landscape.

When the dinosaurs die out, children learn how they became fossils. They learn to describe fossils, and get a first-hand look into the dinosaur family tree. They learn about the world’s first famous dino (Iguanodon). They discover that T.Rex’s tiny arms were possibly used to balance out the immense weight of its head. They even learn what dino tracks looked like. This book truly has everything! It compares and contrasts meat-eaters and veggie-eaters, winged dinos and non-winged, and even discusses what came after the dino.

Mr. Brusatte’s prose is fast-paced and moderately accelerated. This means that young children may need an adult’s assistance to read this one! Mr. Brusatte cleverly includes post-like inserts of how he became interested in dinos, where he was when the best-preserved dino was discovered, and the location of the last dinos that roamed the earth.

This is a busy, meticulous book that the very young may appreciate for the eye-popping illustrations and photos. Use it for supplemental reading, or to jump-start a conversation about early Earth and global history.

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