I am Not a Dinosaur! by William Lach
  

Synopsis

I am Not a Dinosaur! by William Lach

Not every prehistoric creature is a dinosaur! Long, long ago, many strange beasts roamed the Earth - and this delightful picture book, based on the fossil halls at the renowned American Museum of Natural History, tells their story. Fun, fact-filled verses introduce 16 animals - 11 that are not dinosaurs, five that are - creating an irresistible guessing game about who the subject might be. Meet the Smilodon (a sabre-toothed cat), the woolly mammoth, the prehistoric shark and other creatures.

Reviews

. . . a picture book distinguished by crisp, marble-textured graphics and lively rhymes, written in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History. Publishers Weekly Young dino-enthusiasts will love this new title that uses short, rhyming sentences to introduce some nondinosaur prehistoric creatures, including saber-toothed cats, woolly mammoths, and pterosaurs. Each spread highlights a beast based on skeletons from the fossil collection of the American Museum of Natural History, giving a brief introduction to the animal and an illustration of the creature as it may have appeared in its natural habitat. The book tries to clarify for budding paleontologists the differences between dinosaurs and nondinosaurs from prehistory. The rhymes are whimsical yet still informative. Beautiful cut-paper collage artwork features each prehistoric animal, often with a young one in tow, on a plain, bright background, filling the space and drawing the eye. Back matter includes a bit more material about each creature, as well as a time line that shows when each existed in relation to the others. The author also explains the technical definition of a dinosaur, which is helpful for understanding why some are not considered dinosaurs. VERDICT A lovely and enlightening introduction to prehistoric creatures and a welcome addition to any elementary collection on prehistoric creatures. School Library Journal Dinosaurs really hog all the attention when it comes to prehistoric beasts, but this guide gives the underrepresented their due. Vibrant collage-style illustrations show off many of history s nondinosaurs on two-page spreads . . . . Lovely and informative. Booklist

About the Author

TheAmerican Museum of Natural Historyin New York City is one of the largest and most respected museums in the world, with an annual attendance of five million. Since the Museum was founded in 1869, its collections have grown to include more than 33 million specimens and artifacts relating to the natural world and human cultures. The Museum showcases its collections in the exhibition halls, and, behind the scenes, more than 200 scientists carry out cutting-edge research.The Museum is home to the world s largest collection of dinosaur fossils, and its scientists conduct expeditions each year to discover new fossil specimens. Plan a trip to the Museum, or visit online at amnh.org.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
40 pages

Author

William Lach
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Publisher

Sterling an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co Inc

Publication date

28th April 2016

ISBN

9781454914914


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