Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs by Kathleen V. Kudlinski


Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs by Kathleen V. Kudlinski

From the ancient Chinese belief that dinosaur bones belonged to dragons, to scientific arguments over whether dinosaur skins were leathery or scaly...Humans have had many theories about these fascinating creatures over the years. Kathleen Kudlinski leads readers on a journey through some of these ideas - from the sensible to the downright wacky - and introduces the idea that history is not set in stone.


This is an excellent informative read. You might even find yourself borrowing it! For many children there's nothing to beat a good story, and plenty of adults cherish into adulthood the pleasure of the tales they loved as kids. Other young readers though thirst for facts, not fantasy. Boy Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs is for them. It explains how new discoveries have overturned long-held theories about dinosaurs and freely acknowledges that today's theories may well be regarded as ludicrous by future generations. That's a proposition some readers will find far more intriguing than any work of fiction. Time Out This book stands out because it helps young readers to learn about both dinosaurs and the dynamic nature of knowledge. This book poses questions that will interest children, invite them to think in a more than superficial way and encourage them to find out more. Books for Keeps This is the ideal book for adults, and especially teachers, who have difficulty in admitting that they don't know everything, or that they might have been wrong! It is also valuable to show young readers that knowledge is not finite, nor (fossil-related puns aside) set in stone... Ibby Link This beautifully illustrated non-fiction sets out convincingly to investigate some of the scientific facts and fancies about dinosaurs. The text is clear. The illustrations themselves have a neat mix of the fact and fancy that are at the centre of the book's intentions. Throughout the book's serious scientific intentions are partnered with light touches of humour. I'm pretty sure that my 8 year old grandson would like this book - as would dinosaur fans a year or three older. School Librarian With her crisp, clear, communicative style Kudlinski manages to condense what scientists used to think, what tests or new finds have altered opinions and the scientific logic behind both the old and the revised idea.

About the Author

Kathleen Kudlinski is the author of over twenty books for young readers, including Rachel Carson: Pioneer of Ecology and Earthquake! A Story of Old San Francisco. She lives in Connecticut. S. D. Schindler has illustrated many books for childen, including The Cod's Tale, by Mark Kurlansky and A Confused Hanukkah: An Original Tale of Chem, by Jay Kooms. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 6


Kathleen V. Kudlinski
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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

7th August 2008



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