Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

Byron Barton, Author, Byron Barton, Illustrator
Byron Barton, Author, Byron Barton, Illustrator HarperCollins $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-694-00269-6
Reviewed on: 05/10/1989
Release date: 01/01/1900
Barton's economical book does not scrimp on details or ebullient hues. In colors straight out of a crayon box he provides children with a genuine ``first'' dinosaur book. The endpapers provide a vivid glossary of dinosaurs, with names and phonetic pronunciations underneath each picture. And then the sweet text: ``A long time ago there were dinosaurs. There were dinosaurs with horns and dinosaurs with spikes . . . . There were fierce dinosaurs and scared dinosaurs.'' That particular line is illustrated with a black cloudy sky and jagged yellow lightning; the simple expressions of fear on the dinosaurs' faces will reassure readers that even these mightiest of creatures could have been afraid of the same things children are. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
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