This is a really fun, clever, informative book about dinosaurs and evolution. Howard is witty and informative and the illustrations are charming-- she injects a lot of personality into her depictions of dinosaurs, pterasaurs, etc. She's obviously very passionate about the subject, and extremely well informed.
One thing I really appreciated about the book is the approach to explaining evolution. My child has had a hard time understanding just how long evolution takes, and how many steps are involved. But Howard presents the information very clearly. She explains all of the concepts clearly, in fact, presenting the word (including pronunciation if needed) and definition and then referring to it later as a review that doesn't feel like a review.
Another fantastic thing about the book is that Howard discusses how what we "know" about dinosaurs, and other things, changes a lot based on new evidence scientists find. She talks about the way knowledge changes and that scientists don't always agree on things and sometimes just plain don't KNOW things. It's very refreshing.
There's a lot of information in here, but it doesn't feel overly educational. It's very fun and the facts bloom nicely, fertilized by Howard's enthusiasm for the subject.
One final thing I enjoy: Howard explains why Miss Lernin and Ronnie are able to travel through time, fly, breathe underwater, and not get eaten by dinosaurs as being... science magic. Maybe you've wondered how The Magic Schoolbus works. Probably the same science magic. It's great to get a kind of wink and nod to how improbable the whole time travel etc thing is. It's just magic. Science magic.
I have an 8 year old and I'm looking forward to share this with him. I bought the e-version for Kindle Fire.
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Abrams; 1 edition (1 August 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419723065
- ISBN-13: 978-1419723063
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)