Dinosaurs #1: In the Beginning…
by Plumeri & Bloz
translated by Nanette McGuinness
Age 7 to 9 56 pages
“Think you know everything there is to know about dinosaurs? Think again! In this brand new series, kid dinos show us what their lives were like in short, funny, teeth-gnashing bursts of prehistoric mayhem. DINOSAURS is your guided tour through the rough-and-tumble world of the mightiest beasts to ever walk the earth!”
“You want to learn about dinosaur records? Ask Indino Jones! That’s me, hee hee!”
The Dinosaurs series begins where it must: In the Beginning. We first meet the local paleontologist, Indino Jones. Indino likes to introduce in categories. The first is Records such as the fastest dinosaur—Gallimimus, at 40 mph—the most massive dinosaur—Giganotosaurus, at 17, 636 pounds cast over 46 feet—and smartest dinosaur—Troodon, it is as smart as a cat.
From records, the logical place to head is the first dinosaur, beginning in the Triassic, a mere 230 million years ago, is the Eoraptor, a rather little fellow that walked on two legs, making it a fast hunter. Does anyone not know about the Tyrannosaurus rex? T-rex starts out life as one of the smaller creatures, possible bullied by the large reptiles, but in time, T-rex grows from its tiny feathered body to a humongous, 11,000 pound, North American carnivore with an anger management problem.
What exactly is a dinosaur, other than an extinct creature that once roamed the Earth millions of years ago? “Dinosaur” means Fearfully Great Lizard. Sir Richard Owen invented the term using Greek though many are based on Latin terms, based on postulated descriptions and features of the creature. The first Creature Feature!
Dinos ruled Earth from 230 to 65 million years ago, but not all dinosaurs lived during the same period of time. They ate most anything that moved and had muscle –carnivores—or gathered plants—herbivores. One other existed, that being the Piscivore, which feasted on fish. There were dinosaurs that walked on two feet and those that crawled on all four. Some carnivores had egg cravings, pilfering from an unattended nests. Caution was needed to ensure the carnivore didn’t snatch from a pile of eggs ready to hatch, from say a Velociraptor momma. Those babes will be carnivores and hungry. Indino Jones has much more in store for the reader. In addition to several more dinosaurs, he will explain the value of dinosaur tracks, all about coprolites, marine reptiles, and those creatures that preceded birds. To finish his tour of Dinosaurs #1: In the Beginning, Indino Jones talks about why dinosaurs disappeared from the world.
Dinosaurs #1: In the Beginning will enthrall kids interested in dinosaurs and reptiles. These early creatures are presented in a light-hearted manner by the paleontologist Indino Jones, a man who loves handling coprolites, yet refuses to pick up after his dog. While Indino acts as the narrator, the dinosaurs speak to one another and have a great time. One dinosaur, the Albertosaurus, discovered in Alberta, Canada looks at the reader and says, “Have a nice day from Alberta,” while menacingly standing over a map of the area.
Kids will witness typical dinosaur behavior, such as a momma guarding her young ones before and after birth. Fighting is common. Many dinosaurs, such as the pointy dragon-headed Dracorex, liked head-butting each other, while the spike-backed Kentrosaurus tries to avoid than I had been aware of existing. Kids will love the varieties and Indino Jones’s commentary.
The illustrations are grand. Most have a slightly cartoonish bent to them, making the dinosaurs a tad less ferocious than they most likely were millions of years ago. Carnivores like the Allosaurus. It has no trouble killing and then eating another dinosaur, calling his meal, an “American Steak-Osaurus,” while the dead Orintholestes ay on the ground ribs showing, insides flowing out. To counter this the dino-dinner has its tongue out, head on the ground with stars above its now deceased head.
Learn more about the Dinosaur Series HERE!
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DINOSAURS: IN THE BEGINNING. Text 6yrrr`copyright © 2010 by Arnaud Plumeri. Illustrations copyright © 2010 by Bloz. Translation copyright © 2014 by Nanette McGuinness. Reproduce by permission of the publisher, Papercutz, New York, NY.
.ALSO IN THE DINOSAUR SERIES (THUS FAR)
Dinosaurs #2: Bite of the Albertosaurus 5/06/2014
Dinosaurs #3: Jurassic Smarts 8/05/2014
Looks like a dino-mite book for all those dinosaur enthusiasts! Nice review, Sue!
DINO-MITE BOOK! oops, the caps stuck. don’t you hate that when it happens? Anyway,— I think yours is a DINO-COMMENT! 😀
jumps up and down No no no no NO!!! This can’t be happening! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I’ll get you… 😉
high fives all around Yes yes yes yes yes! This is happening! YESSSSSSSSSS! Get me for what? a review of dinosaurs? a review of a Papercutz book? or getting to this book first? Wha hahahahahah (or something like that). 😆
What a fun book. We love dinosaurs! Mom bought me a stuffed T-Rex. I shake him and shake him and shake him to show him who’s boss.
Love and licks and shakes,
I am glad that T-rex knows who the alpha creature is in your house. That is a very important thing to get straight. Most T-rex’s would take command right away, but little dogs are the T-rex’s of the canine world. 🙂
OK, right off the bat, two things grabbed me: The comical, action-packed cover 🙂 AND “Indino Jones”!!!! LOFL This looks priceless! And the illustrations are great! Wonderful review, Sue 😀
There is also a small compsago that follows the story from page to page, usually getting the worst end of the topic. He is a comical little guy. I hope this entire series is written with such humor.
We try to! Thanks for the nice review!
You are most deserving and welcome. Thank you for stopping by.