What Was the Age of the Dinosaurs? – by Megan Stine, illustrated by Gregory Copeland

     What Was the Age of the Dinosaurs? (What Was…?) – by Megan Stine, illustrated by Gregory Copeland, Grosset and Dunlap, (9780451532664), 2017.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Non-fiction, Science

What did you like about the book? Dinosaurs were masters of the earth for millions of years. This succinct overview summarizes their full reign during the Triassic, Cretaceous, and Jurassic periods. Supplementary concepts necessary to understand the field of paleontology such as continental drift, how fossils form, and mass extinction events are explained. Several chapters chronicle the rise of fossil hunting in the 1800s. As with the rest of the series, the length is just over one hundred pages; particularly impressive in this case, since over two hundred million years are spanned. The cover, showing a toothy big-head tyrannosaurus rex, should attract readers in droves.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  Sixteen pages of photos show dinosaur fossils and fossil-hunters in a clump near the end. It would be preferable to have them placed with the text they illustrate.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to third to sixth graders who like to learn about dinosaurs.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries, middle school libraries, and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with other dinosaur books in 567.9.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  3/16/17

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