Troodon. Suchomimus. Carcharodontosaurus. No, these are not rare diseases but rather the names of just a few of the fantastic creatures called dinosaurs that roamed the earth hundreds of millions of years ago. This oversized, full-color picture book approaches the subject with a flair. Artists from around the world painted over 75 illustrations of these diverse creatures, sometimes offering varying perspectives on what the dinosaurs might have looked like. Each painting presents the very latest scientific views on their appearance, but the text emphasizes that no one knows for sure what they looked like, beyond what can be pieced together from fossils. Dinosaurs may even have been brightly colored, like their relatives, lizards and birds.
Authors Howard Zimmerman and George Olshevsky chose to divide the book according to dinosaur size and speed, eating habits, and appearance. Scientifically accurate and up-to-date, the text provides the kind of information dinosaur fans really want to know. Discover the strangest looking dinosaurs (including Therizinosaurus, with its two-and-a-half-foot-long curved claws and broad-billed toothless beak), the largest (at up to 170 feet tall, the "earthshaking lizard" Seismosaurus is aptly named), and the deadliest (the smart, speedy, saw-toothed Velociraptor was one dinosaur you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley). This book has 'em all, from the Triassic to the Jurassic to the Cretaceous periods. (Ages 7 and older) --Emilie Coulter [via]