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Dr. Peter Dodson is a professor of anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the vice president and head of the book review committee of The Dinosaur Society. Dr. Dodson has written two other dinosaur books for kids- Giant Dinosaurs and Baby Dinosaurs, both published in 1990 by Scholastic Inc. He was the editor of the 1990 book, The Dinosauria, one of the best books ever written on the subject. He discovered Avaceratops, the smallest cousin of Triceratops, on a dig in Montana in 1986. Dr. Dodson currently lives with his family in Philadelphia.
Wayne D. Barlowe's love of art, nature, and the natural world comes from his parents. They are both longtime artists and have illustrated many natural-history guides. When he began his art education at the Cooper Union, he also began an apprenticeship at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. As a professional, he has painted over 300 covers for science-fiction books. His first book, Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials, was published by Workman Publishing in 1979. It is a natural-history guide to some of the most famous aliens in science fiction. A second book, Expedition, focuses on the strange animal life found on an alien world. It was published in 1990 by Workman. Barlowe currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.
Michael Meaker has been a staff illustrator for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles since graduating from art school in 1988. He was the primary illustrator for the book Sharks: Fact and Fantasy, published by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. He contributed several paintings to The Ultimate Dinosaur, published in 1992 by Bantam Books. He has also illustrated a book and an exhibit on whales for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and has done illustrations for several exhibits at the Los Angeles Zoo. Meaker currently lives in South Pasadena and is hard at work on several new dinosaur projects.
PreSchool-Grade 4?A standout among the scores of dinosaur books that have stock photos or overused museum art. Barlowe's original artwork, more than the text (which acts almost as captions), is what makes this alphabet book extraordinary. It shows how well illustration can work, by capturing a fine balance of realism, drama, and imagination. These dinosaurs have the weight of real flesh and blood and are shown fighting, eating, or raising their young. Backgrounds of natural phenomena, such as volcanoes, sunsets, and a torrential monsoon, create a sense of drama and mood. The lighting and backdrop tones are also affected by the illustrations' unique settings?an underwater view, a stark rocky hillside, a moonlit evening?none of them typical dinosaur locales. Like their modern relatives the gila monster and macaws, these dinos are often shown to have brightly colored skin tones. But there's always an implication of purpose in their coloration, be it camoflage, mating finery, or species recognition. That's what ultimately makes this book so good. It links the imaginative possibilities of science with facts. The only disappointment is the alphabetical arrangement, which allows for only one creature per letter. Readers are shown T. rex, but not Triceratops. One can only hope for another volume!?Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
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Descripción Scholastic Press, 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110590464868
Descripción Estado de conservación: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Nº de ref. de la librería 97805904648641.0
Descripción Scholastic Press, 1995. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0590464868