Monday, January 10, 2011

Velociraptor and other Raptors and Small Carnivores

by David West
Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2010. 32 pages. Nonfiction.

If you have a young dinosaur lover at home, this book is for you. The pictures are colorful, exciting, and as realistic as dinosaur pictures can be. Even though the dinosaurs featured are carnivores, the gore factor is thankfully (as least for me) limited--they are mostly shown hunting, chasing, or preparing to eat their victims. Each two page spread features a particular raptor or other small carnivore, with the picture covering both pages. The accompanying text is divided into two sections: one short paragraph in large print with enough information to satisfy a less intense reader, and if you want to know more, there is another more detailed paragraph.

Something I really liked was on each page there is a small picture of each dinosaur next to either a person or cat (or both) that shows the size comparison. We will be getting more books in this series soon.

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