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Dunkleosteus Reader Reviews

Alexandra Carr

This is a must have series of books for any school library!

The size and colour of this book made me want to open it straight away! I have several dinosaur fans in my class who I know will love this book and the rest of the series. The author's style welcomes the reader and makes a scientific text very readable. There is subject specific terminology and complex vocabulary but I believe this will add to the appeal for dinosaur fans in KS2. The images and diagrams are high quality and add to the enjoyment of the text. I particularly like the full page spreads. I found the information about extinction very interesting and the 'Ask the Expert' section was a welcome light relief. This is a must have series of books for any school library! 

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Isaac Oram

I consider myself to be a dinosaur expert and I found this book very interesting and informative. It only took me a few days to read the whole book!

I consider myself to be a dinosaur expert and I found this book very interesting and informative. It only took me a few days to read the whole book! It is a non-fiction book which is full of facts about this strange animal. Overall it is a good book with lots of good pictures and diagrams. I can't wait to read more in this series - especially the T-Rex and Megalodon books. 

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Cassie Lawrence

An accessible, beautifully-illustrated book that covers millions of years of natural history by focusing in on one particularly deadly predator.

Covering millions of years of natural history, Garrod’s Dunkleosteus book is surprisingly accessible. While the title suggests that it will focus on one specific creature, the book actually takes a much wider view and looks at the history of extinction and the development of different species. I found the parts around positive extinctions particularly interesting – it can be a good and perfectly natural thing for a species to die out – it shows that evolution is occurring. It’s when the mass extinctions are caused by us humans that things turn negative!

I found that the book jumped around a little between the Dunkleosteus (a huge, scary ancient predator) and the wider history. It felt like it was loosely tied together. However, I did think Garrod covered some really interesting elements and the illustrations by Gabriel Ugueto are absolutely stunning. I would recommend for young people who already have an interest in the subject and who want to learn more about the giant predators that used to swim in our oceans. I am intrigued to read the other books in the series and learn about other creatures from millions of years ago.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838935290
Publication date: 13th May 2021
Author: Ben Garrod
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 128 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Dinosaurs, General Non-Fiction
Other Categories: Reviewed by Children
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