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Dictionary of Dinosaurs

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The Dictionary of Dinosaurs is the perfect book for dinosaur nerds. The book has the names and main details of each dinosaur. The pictures are very pretty. I love that they have an image comparing the size of each dinosaur to that of a man. It helps to have an idea of their actual size. I'm sure any child who is interested in dinosaurs would enjoy this book.

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Great guide for the young dinosaur enthusiast. Interesting information, good pictures, and helpful facts. Great addition to any classroom.

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Amazing resource! Drawn to a style that is still amusing to kids, without being too baby-ish. We are teach geological processes right now, so it has been an excellent reference for myself as well. There are a ton of great facts too.

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This would be an awesome book for classroom, school, and public libraries that serve elementary kiddos. If your student or child is interested in dinosaurs, I think they would love it. It does go into a lot of detail and has a ton of words so it was beyond what I wanted to read for my 5-year-old. With that said, I think older children who are into dinosaurs would love it and if we had a physical copy I think my son would love looking at the pictures and learning the names of every dinosaur. It definitely gives you a deep dive with amazing pictures to go with it. This would be great as a gift for an older child especially with a dinosaur toy or model or tickets to a museum to see dinosaurs.

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🦕 This is an amazing book, and if you have a dinosaur-loving kid it is a must-have for your home library. Trust me – you don’t even have to read the rest of my review! Just go order it now!

🦖 There were so many dinos in this book I didn’t even know existed! The information provided about each dino was interesting and well-written - just right for the targeted reading age (6 and up).

🦕 The artwork!! Wow! It is amazing and enhances the written information tremendously. It is a pleasure just to visually browse through the book because the illustrations are so incredible.

🦖 This wonderful book belongs in classrooms and home libraries for sure!

Thank you @NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Wide Eyed Editions for an eARC of this book, which I have read and reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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Even though this book has 'dictionary' in the title, I was expecting more of an encyclopedia, but this really is a dictionary. Most of each page is taken up by simplified cartoon images of the dinosaurs with very little of the page devoted to text. There are between 2 and 4 dinosaurs listed per two page spread: some get a small paragraph of text along with a few facts, some don't even get that. Only the ones with text paragraphs get images. It can also be difficult to tell which dinosaur the image goes to.

I do like that the ones with images also include size reference compared to humans and that the names have pronunciation guides. I also like that there are many dinosuars included that I had never heard of before and never seen included in the dinosaur encyclopedias I have read with my kiddo.

This is definitely worth getting if you have a dinosaur-obsessed kiddo, but I would get other dinosaur encyclopedias to expand on the facts included here.

*Thanks to NetGalley, Quarto Publishers, and Wide Eyed Editions for providing an early copy for review.

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Book Review: Dictionary of Dinosaurs by the Natural History Museum

Rating: 4/5 Stars

The Dictionary of Dinosaurs by the Natural History Museum is an absolute treasure for dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages. From the moment you lay eyes on its captivating cover, adorned with vibrant illustrations, it becomes evident that this book is a perfect gift for any dino-obsessed individual.

The book begins with a helpful 'How to Use this Book' page, which ensures that readers can navigate their way through the dinosaur kingdom with ease. The alphabetized format makes it a breeze to locate any specific dinosaur, from the popular favorites such as the T-rex and triceratops to lesser-known creatures like the baryonyx and rugops. No dino is left behind in this comprehensive A-Z guide.

What sets this dictionary apart is the wealth of information packed into each entry. For every dinosaur, readers are treated to a fact file complete with details about their habitat, diet, and other fascinating tidbits. Additionally, the inclusion of a scale diagram allows readers to visualize the size of each dinosaur, making it all the more awe-inspiring.

The dictionary's collaboration with the Natural History Museum in London lends it an air of authenticity, as it is written by leading paleontologists. This ensures that the information provided is accurate and up-to-date. The inclusion of the dinosaurs' Latin names and their pronunciations adds an educational element to the book, making it an excellent resource for expanding one's vocabulary.

One of the standout features of this dictionary is the stunning illustrations found on each page. These colorful and eye-popping visuals bring the dinosaurs to life, captivating readers and enhancing their understanding of these incredible creatures.

The book also goes beyond individual entries and provides additional educational content. A timeline showcases when and where each dinosaur lived, allowing readers to comprehend the Earth's transformation over millions of years. Furthermore, the book delves into how our knowledge of dinosaurs has been acquired, offering valuable insights into scientific discoveries and advancements in paleontology.

For height enthusiasts, there are height comparisons between humans and certain dinosaurs. This feature adds a sense of scale to the creatures, allowing readers to grasp their immense size and truly appreciate their magnificence.

Overall, the Dictionary of Dinosaurs by the Natural History Museum is an engaging and informative resource that will captivate both children and adults alike. Its visually appealing layout, extensive range of facts, and collaboration with esteemed paleontologists make it a must-have addition to any dinosaur enthusiast's bookshelf.

Whether you are seeking to expand your knowledge or simply indulge in your love for these prehistoric creatures, this dictionary is sure to satisfy your curiosity. Gift it to a dino-obsessed child or keep it for yourself - either way, you won't be disappointed.

⚠️This review was written based on personal opinions and experiences with the book. Individual preferences may vary⚠️

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A book for my dino lovers and for me! Not only were the illustrations wonderful, it's packed with dinosaurs information, and is well arranged... it also tells me how to pronounce the dinosaur names which is a must as a parent. This is a must read if you love dinosaurs.

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This book would be perfect for young dinosaur lovers. Like a real dictionary, everything is in ABC order. The illustrations are beautiful and it is very well organized. Many of these dinosaurs I had never heard of.

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I absolutely adore this book! whether you are a kid, teen, or adult this is a great book to learn about dinosaurs. They not only include dinosaurs we have detailed information about, but even the ones that are very unknown and don’t have much details. I truly enjoyed my time with this book and I highly recommend it for anyone who has even an inkling of interest in those creatures from long ago


thank you so much to netgalley and the natural history museum for the ARC

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Had my 7 yr old Paleontologist in training review this book. He loved it so much. Very informative and engaging.

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Must have book for all the dinosaurs lovers out there!!!
It covers many MANY dinosaurs from A to Z (this reader just found out dinosaurs start with X or Q)
The artsyle is amazing. I love the colour combination. I love the infographic. It's easily understandable. It gave us a compact information what we need to know along with the size illustration. Love it

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If you have a child interested at all in dinosaurs, this would be a perfect book for them. The art in this book is fantastic, the information is easy to read and understand, there is a great pronunciation guide to help with the names, as well as a little diagram to show you their size in comparison to humans. I loved this, and I know that when I was in the range for this book I would have been all over it.

I would say the target age for this book would not be much younger than 5-6, while not much older than 12-13. For younger children this would be a great book to sit with your child and read to them about whatever dinosaurs they're interested in. For an older child I would advise this as a kind of gift for them to be able to do their own dinosaur research. This would be a great book to go along with any typical "dinosaur" toys, so they can paly with that toy but also look it up and learn more information about the real life animal, as well.

The art of the dinosaurs and the background images in this book is beautiful, and is somehow simultaneously realistic while also simple It really allows you to imagine how they would have looked and lived in real life, while also not being so "realistic" to be boring to look at. This would be a fun book to simply flip through and occasionally stop on a page to read more, rather than simply reading from beginning to end.

I would absolutely purchase this for my child, or a child in my family who loves dinosaurs, as this book would be a great way to nurture that interest. This book is interesting, pretty, and informative enough that I also think it would be a good way to start an interest in dinosaurs for any child.

Thank you to Netgalley, the author, and Wide Eyed Editions for providing me an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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A beautifully illustrated guide to all things dinosaur! If you have kids like mine, that are obsessed with dinos, this would be a great addition to your library.

I love the pronunciation guide for each dinosaur, and it was cool to see how big they would have been compared to humans.

The timeline in the beginning is a useful tool for seeing when certain dinosaurs would have been around, and the how to use the book guide is a great reference, especially for kids just getting the hang out reading non-fiction and using the different text features.

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This book was so adorable, I loved everything about it, the illustrations were so well done, they suited the book perfectly, the story was amazing as well. I’m sure the kids are going to be just as enthralled with this amazing book as I was. I will definitely recommend! Thank you netgalley and the publisher for this early copy

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This book was fantastic. My niece absolutely loves dinosaurs so this was a great chance to look at this book before I buy her the hard copy. The facts and illustrations were fantastic. I hope more books are made in this manner as I enjoyed the layout very much.



Thank you to NetGalley and Wide Eyed Editions for the early copy in exchange for an honest review.

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If you have a little one - I'd say between the ages of 5 and 12 - that love dinosaurs, than this is a must read. Written in encyclopedia style, this is a glossary of all the known and identified dinosaur types from A-Z.

The book opens with a discussion of the different periods and some Dino generic info. It's pretty in depth and a little over the head of the younger readers but it's what, I think, will keep the older ones engaged.

For each Dino, there is a little "chart" with info. It's Latin name, pronunciation, time period, etc. For at least two per page, there is also a little graphic that gives scale - the Dino standing next to a 6 ft human - and a brightly drawn picture of what we assume it looked like. Those were hands down our favorite part. We looked at "how tall the Dino would be next to daddy" since daddy is 6 ft (ish) tall. It gave a great, understandable size reference for my little guy...and for me too.

I would have loved that for each dinosaur, honestly.

We also found Dinosaurs we didn't know existed which was pretty fun. There are a lot more different types than we know of so we learned something fun.

This one just might end up on my son's shelf.

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I loved the illustrations in this book. Everything was so cohesive in style, but unique in coloring. The featured dinosaurs were a mix of classic favorites and new ones that I hadn’t heard of previously. I learned about a whole bunch of new dinosaurs. I’m looking forward to adding this to my collection when it’s available as a physical copy.

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This is a very cool book. While I'm not sure about the facts because I've never really looked into it, I know my daughter will enjoy this book. I love the photos in the book as well as how the book is put together. The fact sections are also good information.

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DICTIONARY OF DINOSAURS by Dr. Matthew G. Baron is a great starter book for young kids to learn about dinosaurs. For my dino-loving 9-year-old, it was a bit too basic to hold his attention, so I would recommend this for younger kids to read with parents or newer/early readers.

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC of the book.

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