Temperley, Howard – In the Days of Dinosaurs, A Rhyming Romp Through Dino History. Illustrations by Michael Kline

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In the Days of Dinosaurs is a meaty book of 64 pages. Each page features a different dinosaur including a pronunciation guide, information in rhyme, and a cartoonish drawing. A nonfiction rhyming book is rather unusual, but Temperley does an admirable job of portraying scads of information in verse. However, I did find the rhyming lines distracted from my understanding of the information. A child would read this book more for the entertainment value than for research. The end of the book has a helpful two-page spread of the dinosaur timeline.

The illustrations push the book more toward the entertainment type. It has dinosaurs in a bed with a blanket and headboard, wearing a bib, and reading the sports page. The inclusion of humans interacting with dinosaurs may lead to more confusion for children interested in archaeology. Personally, I would’ve preferred realistic illustrations.

The author certainly gets across the magnificence, power, and unique qualities of dinosaurs. Because of illustrations, I would not use this book as a child’s first introduction to dinosaurs but it would be a lot of fun for kids who are familiar with these magnificent beasts and understands what they were really like.

Recommended with limitations.

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One thought on “Temperley, Howard – In the Days of Dinosaurs, A Rhyming Romp Through Dino History. Illustrations by Michael Kline

  1. Bonnie, it sounds like it’s meant to be a “fun” way to learn about dinosaurs, but I’m guessing you’re right in that it shouldn’t be the way children FIRST learn about them, but already know and can read this more as light, fun reading. Nice review 🙂

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