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This is the latest book in Ben Garrod’s excellent series, Extinct. Previous books have examined mass extinctions and the creatures that disappeared from Earth as a result, from Hallucigenia to the Megaladon, and we’ve learned that extinction can be a natural process and can even help evolution. But the mass extinction he’s examining in this book is different, because the Anthropocene has been caused by humans. The subject of this book, the Hainan gibbon, is not extinct but it is critically endangered. With the help of experts, Garrod explains the impact humans have had on habitats and species and how it’s still possible for us to save the Hainan gibbon and other endangered species. As with all the books in the series, it’s full of information and the latest scientific thinking, explained with real clarity and quite a bit of humour, the text accompanied by wonderful full colour illustrations. Garrod’s passion and enthusiasm shines through and readers of any and all ages will benefit from reading this series.
Megalodon was a unique and terrifying killer, dominating every food chain in the ocean for millions of years, the ultimate prehistoric predator. So what happened to make it go extinct 3.6 million years ago in the Pliocene epoch? Scientist and TV presenter Professor Ben Garrod’s series examines the world’s mass extinctions from the point of view of creatures around at the time, and makes for an absolutely fascinating way of telling the story of life on Earth. Each book in the series is packed with scientific information, well presented through accessible text and lots of colour illustrations by a palaeoartist no less. There are additional contributions from experts, a glossary and – particularly useful – a pronunciation guide. Every book in the series will grab and hold the attention of young palaeontologists, but the story of the ferocious megalodons will be particularly gripping.
From the creator of The Adventures of Pug and Fabio the World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective, Laura James’ The Dinosaur Discovery, the second book in the News Hounds series, is a fabulously entertaining first reader, with Charlie Alder’s full-colour illustrations adding to the fun factor. It’s also a dream to read aloud, with characterful narration, a lively sense of adventure, and short chapters that’ll leave 5+ year-olds longing for more. Alongside being a stationmaster, Bob is a roving reporter for the Daily Bark newspaper, with dachshund Gizmo at the helm as Editor-in-Chief. After encountering elegant Diamond at the station, a dog who’s new to town, Bob decides to make friends with her by digging up a bone as a gift. But what’s this?! Bob’s only gone and dug up an entire dinosaur skeleton! All manner of mayhem explodes after this makes the front page of the Daily Bark, and attracts the attention of a thief.
A World Book Day 2022 Mini Book | Meet Dinosaur Roar and all of his dinosaur friends as you turn the pages. Read the rhyming text, learn cool facts and find out how to say the dinosaur names. Search the pages for Dinosaur Squeak, and then turn to the back of the book to test your knowledge with a roar-some dinosaur quiz! With fantastic text written by series creator, Peter Curtis, and Jeanne Willis, Dinosaur Roar and Friends is perfect for the youngest dinosaur fans. Inspired by the classic picture book, Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Stickland and Henrietta Stickland, this colourful book introduces the popular cast of authentic dinosaur characters in The World of Dinosaur Roar! series. The facts and pronunciation guides are approved by the Department of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum in London.
February 2022 Debut of the Month | Told in glorious rhyme and blazing with colour and character, Doctorsaurus is a dream of a picture book for fun-loving, dino-loving toddlers (which must be just about all of them). Emi-Lou May has created a story that’s perfect for reading aloud - preferably in funny dinosaur voices - while Leire Martin’s illustrations dance with dynamism. When a bunch of boundlessly energetic prehistoric pals get together to picnic and play, it’s to be expected that a few mishaps will take place. First up, Triceratops forgets to look where he’s going, crashes into a tree, and breaks his horn in three. Next Stegosaurus gets a splinter stuck in his pinkie, while T-Rex develops an allergic reaction. Saving the silliest for last, poor Brontosaurus feels big and bloated, and “just can’t do a poo!” Thankfully Doctorsaurus is on hand to help everyone back to health, with her solving of Brontosaurus’ problem having the added bonus of providing tea for fifty dancing dung beetles!
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2021 | Another fascinating addition to this fabulous series about the major mass extinctions that have shaped the story of life on earth. Lisowicia is the remarkable story of a creature which has only recently been identified and named! Living from 201 million years ago and named for the place it was found in Poland, the story of the Lisowicia is fascinating. Packed full of information written by experts and matched by amazing illustrations that bring unimaginable landscapes and the animals in them to life.
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2021 | Tyrannosaurus Rex tells the story of a remarkable predator with the strongest bite force ever recorded that dominated the world 66 million years ago but then became extinct. The Tyrannosaurus Rex has long captured the imagination because of its size and power and because the story of its extinction is unexpected. Packed full of information written by experts and matched by amazing illustrations that bring unimaginable landscapes and the animals in them to life.
Fascinating, easy-to-understand text by zoologist, researcher and writer, Dr Nick Crumpton is complemented by amazingly detailed dinosaur artwork on every spread from talented illustrator, Gavin Scott. It features jaw-dropping research that will debunk many myths about all kinds of prehistoric creatures - If you want to be able to do more than tell a Tyrannosaurus from a Triceratops, then this is the book for you! The LoveReading LitFest invited Nick Crumpton to the festival to talk about his informative, inventive and brilliantly entertaining dinosaur book! The digitally native, all year round, online literature and books festival, with new content released every week is a free-for-all-users festival. What are you waiting for? Check out a preview of the event here and sign up to become a member.
Longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2022 | Beneath our feetway deep and down are beasts asleep in the cold, dark ground. Dig down through the layers of the Earth and travel back in time. Meet the trilobites that scuttled and crawled; the munching, crunching dinosaurs; and a herd of roaming woolly mammoths. This rhyming read will take you on a prehistoric adventure!
With a fantastic rhyming text written by series creator, Peter Curtis, and award-winning author, Jeanne Willis, Dinosaur Whack! the Stegosaurus is perfect for preschool children. Each book also contains a pronunciation guide as well as a spread of simple dinosaur facts, making this the perfect gift for young dinosaur fans!
Freshly following the swashbuckling, song-driven Go, Go Pirate Boat by the same author-illustrator team, Rumble, Rumble, Dinosaur (to be sung - or belted out - to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”) is pretty much picture book perfection for pre-schoolers obsessed with these prehistoric heavyweights. And who doesn’t love dinosaurs, especially as imagined by Nick Sharratt in his distinctive bold, bright, ultra-engaging style, and especially when coupled with Katrina Charman’s joyful rhyming couplets? Using a day-in-the-life structure, the book follows a gaggle of dinosaurs who variously soar and swoop, stomp and stamp, munch and crunch, clop and crash, tromp and tramp from dawn to dusk before saying goodnight as the moon rises high. Alongside the sing-along fun, the book will also help little ones learn to recognise different dinosaurs, among them playful pterodactyls, leader-of-the pack stegosaurus, fun-loving triceratops, and the fierce, thundering T. Rex.