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+ Beautiful illustrations + pronunciation help and “catchphrase” for each dinosaur
- not bound well - book is falling apart, we’ve had it 2 weeks and I’ve already sellotaped back 20 pages! The pages just drop out. - not much information on each dinosaur and information repeats for similar looking dinos. -Text/information seems to be an afterthought, not cohesive - no flying reptile / dinosaurs. there are feathered birdlike ones but no pterodactyl/pterosaur -no marine reptile / dinosaurs like plesiosaurus
Disappointed- will not get any more from this series. I’m surprised at all the positive reviews, I guess they reviewed on first impression only
Revised - I’ve added one star because it’s actually great for putting pages up as posters on bedroom walls. My son is so happy!
This was a gift for a 5-years old boy who is fascinated by dinosaurs. He can't read yet, but, he and I enjoyed an hour in a family-time setting looking at the pictures, me speaking the words, him pointing to the features and repeating the names (I had no idea a 5-years old child would articulate brontosaurus, triceratops and archaeopteryx. But what do i know, I'm only 68! The layout of the book is very good, with careful choice of colours and diagrams. that allows a child to take in a lot of information. Highly recommended for the age range 5 to 68.
My 3 and a half year old loves this book. He is really into dinosaurs and has been nagging us non stop to read it to him. He already knows almost all the facts and names. Some things to point out: Unlike other reviewers our book seems well bound so maybe they have fixed that problem (bought March 2017). My son was very disappointed that there was no velociraptor featured, so if you have a 3 year old like mine that pretends to be a velociraptor for most of the day and carries his toy velociraptor round non stop, definitely be aware of that omission! We got around it by making a 'special' velociraptor page and sticking to the back of the book!! Lastly I think my son of three and a half is nearing the upper age limit of this book. It's been brilliant for him but he is already reciting most of the book by heart as there is not much detail on each page and so there is not much more for him to learn from it, saying that he does get a lot of joy just looking at the pictures and I hope that will continue for a while yet, but I think he will be asking for a more detailed one for his birthday too.
I was a bit hesitant on buying the book, after most of the reviews said it fell apart. However, we have had the book for nearly a month, my son is always getting it out (daily) and I have not had this problem. He has ripped a few pages which I have had to sellotape, as no paper paged book is toddler proof. But he absolutely loves it. The pictures are fantastic, and the dinosaurs are grouped in the chapters by size, which is something a toddler can easily understand. Its well written for a toddler, only including basic information. The added bonus is some of the pages ask questions which are age appropriate, like how far can you stretch out your arms? So its very interactive when you read it with them. I would highly recommend this book for any toddler.
This book is brilliant. I got it for my (then 2.5 year old) twins who were, and still are, obsessed with dinosaurs. This book comes off the book shelf every day. They love sitting together and looking at the pictures. I've read it with them so many times that they know loads of the dinos names now, and makes me so proud to hear them saying the hard dino names. Lucky on each page there is a break down of how to pronounce each name, making it easy for you to practice it before telling your kids the name. eg. Ree-oh-hah-sore-us for Riojasaurus. It's got lots of little facts for each dino, and a little to scale diagram showing the size difference between each particular dino compared to a 10 year old boy (they assume the little figure is Andy from Andy's Dinosaur Adventures so that's cute). This book has delighted my toddlers and I can see it's going to keep them reading for years.
I bought this for my 4YO son which started showing an interest in dinosaurs recently. I got tired of trying to find out the dinosaurs' names from google,so thought this book moght help. It is really well organised with a section for each:small,big,giant,gigantic dinosaurs along with interesting facts. It is two dull.pages for each dinosaur so the pictures are nice and big and also a (sort of) phonetical spelling of the name to help us parents with the pronounciation. It also has a little grid on each page to show how big the dinosaur would have been measured against an adult along wih what they eat and a little bit of eaay wording about what the dinosaur did. It is suitable for 4 year olds with the help of a parent but older kids would also find this interesring. I will be buying more in the series.
Simple and informative and has how to say the name of each dinosaur at bottom of page. Also has great little games you can play as you go along. My son will love this book for years I don't doubt. I bought this book for my 3 year old. Whilst much of it is too complicated right now he will grow into it. I use it now, as he loves dinosaurs, recognises them from the TV and other books, and loves seeing all the different types. He came up with word t-rex after saying it once. And now its all I hear everyone time I see one. Buy no other book if your children like dinosaurs.
I purchased this book for my nephew. My son already had the this book, as well as other nat geo kids first big books, and loved it. With it being dinosaurs the pictures are all illustrations - with the other nat geo first big books there are photos of animals. The details are very to the point and include details about where they lived and when, what they ate, their size and interesting facts about that dinosaur. There is a lot of detail and a lot of excellent illustrations in this book. I specifically like that the book compares the size of the dinosaur in silhouette to an adult human silhouette to give a better idea of how big dinosaurs were. My son got it when he was 4 and it is still ideal for him now at 6. I would say it best suits kids between around 3 - 7. Very interested, very detailed - I learned a few things myself! Highly recommended for a young dinosaur fan!
This is the most beautifully illustrated book that is accessible and is user friendly for children aged from 4+. We have recently been looking at the theme of dinosaurs and this came up on our reading list - a fantastic book really for all ages - I learnt so much from it and the facts will astound you!! A great non-fiction text a real must for any dinosaur lover or wannabe paleontologist!
I bought this book for my dinosaur obsessed son for his 3rd birthday. We’ve had it a month and some of the pages are already beginning to fall out. Most of the times we’ve looked at it I’ve held it so it’s not like it’s being bashed around by a small child and that’s what’s causing it. It is simply not bound well at all. There are other reviews that mention this but I thought maybe the problem had been rectified by now. It clearly hasn’t. It is a lovely book with superb illustrations and my son loves it but if you can’t turn the pages of a book without them falling out then it’s not really fit for purpose. A real shame.