Great Illustrated Books

Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up

By Robert Sabuda, Illustrated by Matthew Reinhart

Candlewick, 2005
Pages : 12
Suggested Ages: 5 and Up
ISBN: 9780763622282

Here's the cocoa table book of the year, a treasured present for all your dinosaur-obsessed friends and relatives, ages 3 to 300, who will be bowled over and enraptured by Sabuda and Reinhart's latest feat of paper engineering genius. It's a look at all things dinosaur, packing in facts on more than 50 species, and the six major watercolored pop-ups are spectacular. Just wait till you open to the huge and toothsome head of T. rex, though if you're awed by this king of the carnivores, the text notes that the recently discovered carcharodontosaurus, in Africa, was 2,000 pounds heavier, and gigantosaurus from Argentina was about a yard longer. The endlessly inventive layout incorporates many side booklets that pop up, too, which could be destroyed by inquisitive and eager hands, but it's well worth it. Raid the 567.9 section of your library—that's one Dewey number kids learn by heart—to fuel the ensuing dino mania after you show your kids this book, and then wow them some more with the companion books, Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Mega-Beasts and Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters.

Reviewed by : JF.


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Bishop, Nic. Digging for Bird-Dinosaurs: An Expedition to Madagascar. Houghton Mifflin, 2000. ISBN-13: 978-0618196821

Brown, Don. Rare Treasure: Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries. Houghton Mifflin, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-0618310814

Butterworth, Oliver. The Enormous Egg. Little, Brown, 1956. ISBN-13: 978-0316119207

Dixon, Dougal. Amazing Dinosaurs: The Fiercest, the Tallest, the Toughest, the Smallest. Boyds Mills Press, 2000. ISBN-13: 978-1563977732

French, Vivian. T. Rex. Candlewick, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-1406312904

Gibbons, Gail. Dinosaur Discoveries. Holiday House, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0823420308

Jenkins, Steve. Prehistoric Actual Size. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0618535781

Kudlinski, Kathleen V. Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! Dutton, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0525469780

Larson, Peter and Kristin Donnan. Bones Rock!: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Paleontologist. Invisible Cities, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-1931229357

Prelutsky, Jack. Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast. Greenwillow, 1988. ISBN-13: 978-0688115692

Sabuda, Robert. America the Beautiful: A Pop-Up Book. Little Simon, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0689847448

Sabuda, Robert, and Matthew Reinhart. Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Mega-Beasts. Candlewick, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0763622305

Sabuda, Robert, and Matthew Reinhart. Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and other Sea Monsters. Candlewick, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0763622299

Sloan, Christopher. Feathered Dinosaurs. National Geographic, 2000. ISBN-13: 978-0792272199

Tanaka, Shelley. Graveyards of the Dinosaurs. Hyperion, 1998. ISBN-13: 978-0786815401

Critics have said

Be forewarned: the book is so enticing that children will find it impossible to keep their hands off it, possibly causing problems with the delicate pop-ups.
Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
With fascinating facts accompanying intricate creations by two master paper engineers, this book is eons away from your basic, dry encyclopedia.
Child Magazine
With so many layers and moving paper parts-watercolored on all sides-readers may begin to feel like paleontologists unearthing fossils. Dino fans won't be disappointed.
Publishers Weekly
I have observed many children looking at this fabulous book for the first time and have felt, just as they did, like exclaiming "FANTASTIC!"
Sheilah Egan, Children