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    Dinotopia (Hardback) By (author) James Gurney, Illustrated by James Gurney


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    DescriptionCrossing the boundary between fact and fiction, the illustrator, winner of Best of Show Award at the 1989 World Science Convention, portrays the adventures of the biologist Arthur Denison and his son Will who set out in 1860 on a voyage of exploration. They were not heard of again.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Gurney, Illustrated by James Gurney
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 250 mm
    Height: 268 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 998 g
    ISBN 13: 9780751370003
    ISBN 10: 0751370002

    BIC E4L: FXX
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.1
    BIC E4L: SCI
    DC20: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: YFG
    BISAC V2.8: JUV053000
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations
    Dorling Kindersley Ltd
    Imprint name
    Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    17 September 1992
    Publication City/Country
    Review text
    A sweet, visually attractive utopian fantasy about an island where humans and dinosaurs - not to mention mammoths, flying reptiles, and exotic plants - live together in peace. Races and sexes are equal, long life is assured, and innovation is used to benefit the inhabitants, all thanks to the dinosaurs' benign influence, literary stepchild of Robinson Crusoe and Shangri-La, midwifed by the Waits (Disney and Kelly), this creative anachronism purports to be a long-lost diary chronicling the discoveries of biologist Arthur Denison and his son after an 1862 shipwreck. The book's heart is its illustrations, presenting Gurney's imaginary society in the loving detail of the National Geographic - or a child's extravagant inventions. Much is made in the attendant publicity of the scientific accuracy, meaning that (though they speak seven languages, invent writing, and use tools) the dinosaurs look right. The technology surrounding the gliders, submarines, and helium balloons is also a little fuzzy, but by the time they appear the reader will either be charmed or alienated. More wistful fancy than a new vision of a cure for humanity's ills, but some adults - and children - will love it dearly. (Kirkus Reviews)