- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Format: Hardback | 12 pages
- Dimensions: 198mm x 251mm x 61mm | 771g
- Publication date: 12 July 2005
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
- ISBN 10: 0763622281
- ISBN 13: 9780763622282
- Illustrations note: 4-COLOR
- Sales rank: 1,424
From renowned pop-up masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart comes an awe-inspiring tribute to the world's most beloved extinct animals and their 180-million-year reign on our planet. Open this book and a massive T. REX springs out, flashing a startling jawful of jagged teeth. Turn the next spread and a ravishing raptor unfurls and appears to fly off the edge of the page. Inside the amazing ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS are "shield bearers" in full-body armor, creatures with frilly headgear, and weighty, long-necked giants. There are even amusing tidbits on the history of paleontology itself -- like a pop-up version of a Victorian New Year's dinner in the belly of a dinosaur model, or a pair of scientists locked in a literal tug-of-war over bones. Full of fascinating facts and lighthearted good humor, this breathtaking book includes fascinating, up-to-the-minute information about popular dinosaurs as well as many lesser-known varieties. With each of six spreads featuring one spectacular, large pop-up as well as booklets of smaller pop-ups and text, ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS is a magnificent display of paper engineering and creativity -- an astonishing book that will be read, admired, and treasured forever.
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Robert Sabuda is the creator of many breathtaking pop-up books, including ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, both of which were NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers. Matthew Reinhart is the creator of many award-winning pop-up books, including the Young Naturalist series, THE POP-UP BOOK OF PHOBIAS, and ANIMAL POPPOSITES.
By Khalid 15 Jun 2013
Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs is a book filled with surprises and is sure to win over the hearts of little boys or anyone young at heart. I bought the book for my five-year-old nephew and it has become one of his favorite books. Like many boys, my little nephew is a dinosaur freak. He surrounds himself with his farm of animal toys, dresses in dinosaurs t-shirts and can spend hours sharing his dinosaur knowledge with me. As such, I know that a best present for him would be something dinosaur-related. Therefore, I was searching for a dinosaur book and was pleasantly surprised when I found Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs which is a rare pop-out book on dinosaurs.
The book did not disappoint. It is a rather huge book and its appearance kind of reminds me of those ancient and mysterious encyclopedias you can find in libraries. My nephew could not wait to lay his hands on the book when he first saw it. He was so excited as though he was going on his first exploration trip. And what an exploration trip it was! I opened the book with him and we were both amazed at the color of the pictures and the large number of pop-out dinosaurs. The pop-out dinosaurs were very delicately crafted and looked very realistic. My favorite was the page with the humongous pop-out T-rex head. My nephew did not expect it and screamed when I first flipped to that page. I like that there are also hidden pop-outs in the book. To see them, you have to lift certain flaps in the books. As such, this adds a layer of mystery as you explore the book because you will never know what will come out until you open the flap.
While the pictures and pop-out art in the book are great, I feel that the text can be a little bit challenging for young kids to read on their own. Some of the words are too scientific and are a little difficult. As such, it is best if a parent or an adult can guide the child as he reads it. This book is definitely fun to read and the child can always revisit the book as he gets older. I think it is also a good product to get children to start reading and to love reading.
The book is a bit costly. However, given the detailed and mesmerizing artworks presented, I believe the book is definitely worth the amount of money. The artist and writer have also produced pop-out books on other themes. If your child is not into dinosaurs, you can also purchase books on other themes. I am pretty confident that they will be of just as good a quality as Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs.