Detail of "The Age of Dinosaurs" from DINOTHESAURUS copyright 2009 by Douglas Florian
In today's New York Times Sunday Book Review is a nice review of DINOTHESAURUS. A picture would have been nicer, but the Baryonyx ate the photographer. Above is a detail of the opening poem illustration. Below is the review:
DINOTHESAURUS: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings.Written and illustrated by Douglas Florian.Atheneum. $17.99. (Ages 6 and up)
Florian’s whimsical rhyming text contains helpful lessons: for example, how to pronounce “Micropachycephalosaurus,” for “small, thick-headed lizard,” or “Plesiosaur” — “we always say PLEASE before we might bite.” A bit of dinosaur lore follows: “What kept the Spinosaurus warm / When it was colder than the norm? / Spines much like a solar panel. / (And long underwear of flannel.)” The underwear part might be misleading, but Florian’s art — in gouache, collage, colored pencil, stencils, etc. — is gorgeous and fun.
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