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Title:
Dougal Dixon's amazing dinosaurs : the fiercest, the tallest, the toughest, the smallest
Author:
Dixon, Dougal.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 128) and index.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.9 1.0 35616.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781563977732
Format :
Book

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Summary

Dougal Dixon, author of the critically acclaimed Dougal Dixon's Dinosaurs, brings young readers the fiercest, the tallest, the toughest, and the smallest of the known dinosaurs in the most up-to-date dinosaur book currently available. Young dinosaur enthusiasts will learn about the restless life of hungry meat-eaters and the perilous life of the plant eaters. They will discover how paleontologists gathered the fossils and what they can learn from the contents of a dinosaur's stomach. Dougal Dixon inspires the paleontologist in all children with full-color illustrations and diagrams mixed with bite-sized pieces of information. Basic facts accompany each dinosaur, including size, weight, favorite food, and the pronunciation of the name. Dougal Dixon's Amazing Dinosaurs encourages children to visualize the Age of Dinosaurs, while exploring basic theories and facts.


Author Notes

Dougal Dixon was born in Dumfries, Scotland in 1947. He received a bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of St. Andrews in 1970 and a master of science degree in 1972. He entered the publishing field in 1973 and became a freelancer in 1980. He is an internationally recognized authority on dinosaurs and is one of the most popular science writers in the United Kingdom. His books include After Man: A Zoology of the Future, The New Dinosaurs, Man After Man, and Time Exposure (aka The Age of Dinosaurs). He has also served as a special advisor for programs and motion pictures about dinosaurs in the United States, Great Britain and Japan.

He received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Journalism by the Educational Press Association of America in 1993, the Helen Roney Sattler Award in 1993, the Children's Book Council 1994 Outstanding Trade Science Book Award, and the Times Educational Supplement Primary Schoolbook Award in 1996.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. Dixon has compiled an impressive amount of information and organized it into an eye-catching, manageable format. Using frequently clever subtitles describing each group of dinosaurs, he shares plenty of facts about habits, physical makeup, and special qualities. Each entry highlights something worth discovering. Sometimes diagrams illustrate the digestive or circulatory system; sometimes the pictures depict extraordinary physical characteristics. In every case, Dixon includes a brief paragraph describing the creature and its habitat and "facts and figures" boxes with data about classification, physical features, food sources, and more. The pictures are colorful, detailed, and often exciting. Browsers will have fun flipping through the book, and true dinosaur fans will want to absorb every detail, one page at a time. A "Do You Know?" trivia section and an extensive glossary are appended. --Roger Leslie


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-This book would be truly amazing-if some of the pictures didn't look so suspiciously familiar. That's because much of the artwork has been recycled from Dougal Dixon's Dinosaurs (Boyds Mills, 1998), which itself was a recycling of the 1993 edition of the same title, with a few updates. The information, too, although sifted and weeded, has many similarities to the previous volume. That said, it is still a worthwhile addition for two reasons: the information is current and the text has been reworked to address a younger audience, which happens to be the age range for which dinosaurs hold the biggest appeal. The book groups dinosaurs by their characteristics; carnivores, for example, are subdivided into groups like "fish-eaters" and "crested killers," so readers must use the index to find individual beasts, like T. rex. The illustrations are still very appealing and up-to-date, so purchase where needed to meet patron demand.-Cathryn A. Camper, formerly at Minneapolis Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Dinosaur Family Treep. 4
Meat Eaters
Meat Eatersp. 6
Inside Storyp. 8
Starting Smallp. 10
Pack Huntersp. 12
Early Killersp. 14
Big and Fiercep. 16
Fish Eatersp. 18
Fast Killersp. 20
Dinosaurs to Birdsp. 22
Single Clawsp. 24
Sprintersp. 26
Smart for Its Agep. 28
Terrible Reptilesp. 30
Island Hunterp. 32
Long-Necked Plant Eaters
Long-Necked Plant Eatersp. 34
Inside a Giantp. 36
Early Biggiesp. 38
Bigger and Biggerp. 40
Going to Extremesp. 42
Unusual Necksp. 44
Chinese Giantsp. 46
Going for Heightp. 48
Unusual Platesp. 50
Plates with Ridgesp. 52
Small-Scale Giantp. 54
Unusual Teethp. 56
Vulnerable in Lifep. 58
Last of the Giantsp. 60
Armored Dinosaurs
Armored Dinosaursp. 62
Early Armorp. 64
Plate Bearersp. 66
Big Plate Carrierp. 68
Spikes and Armorp. 70
Side Spikesp. 72
Tail Clubberp. 74
Colorful Clubsp. 76
Boneheadsp. 78
Beginnings of Hornsp. 80
Strange Hornsp. 82
Big Frillsp. 84
The Greatest Hornsp. 86
On the Movep. 88
Two-Footed Plant Eaters
Two-Footed Plant Eatersp. 90
Early Examplesp. 92
Iguana-Toothp. 94
Fast Runnersp. 96
Living in the Coldp. 98
Giant of Africap. 100
Duckbillsp. 102
Showy Headsp. 104
More Duckbillsp. 106
Nests and Eggsp. 108
Safety in Speedp. 110
Safety in Numbersp. 112
Death and Decayp. 114
Discoveryp. 116
Reference Section
Do You Know?p. 118
Glossaryp. 120
Indexp. 124
Books to Readp. 128