Tuesday 7 February 2012

38. Dinosaur Dreaming by Justin D'Ath and Mike Spoor

Dinosaur Dreaming by Justin D'Ath and illustrated by Mike Spoor
Published January 2012 UQP

From the publisher:

Winton, Poppy and their dog Banjo are on holiday with their Nan and Pa on their farm in Queensland. Winton is passionate about dinosaurs and when their dog finds a bone, he and Poppy play Pretend, starting out on an adventure in the time of the dinosaurs. Dinosaur Dreaming is a beautifully illustrated and effortlessly informative book that brings to life a child's love of dinosaurs.                     

Here we have a book about dinosaurs.  Not the T-Rex, diplodocus, stegosaurus or pterodactyl...but Australian dinosaurs! 

Winton and Poppy are exploring their grandparents farm, when Winton finds a big bone. Maybe a dinosaur bone! His sister doesn't believe that there were dinosaurs in Australia, so Winton takes her and he dog Banjo on an imaginary trip back in time to meet the Australian dinosaurs.

The children find Pterosaurs, a Siderops, an Eromangasaurus and the huge Australoventor as well as many more.  The book is set in Western Queensland where 100 million years ago the land was very different to how we know it today.  There were once massive rivers, swamps and billabongs all draining into an inland sea. Ther wer conifer forests, open plains growing ferns and cyads...excellent dinosaur food.  It is here that palaeontologists have found the largest and most complete dinosuar bones in Australia.

At the back of the book there is more information on the individual dinosaurs as well as a map showing you the Dinosaur Trail.

Who will like this book: Boys age 5+
Read it if you like: Dinosaurs

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