Tuesday, 24 April 2018

YOUNG ADULT FACTUAL REVIEW: So You Think You Know About... Tyranosaurus Rex, Diplidocus, Triceratops - Ben Garrod

RELEASE DATE:   08/03/18

PUBLISHER:  Zephyr


SYNOPSIS:
Biologist and TV scientist Ben Garrod's fun, funny, informative and collectable series about dinosaurs, launching with T. Rex, Diplodocus and Triceratops. Ben Garrod's So You Think You Know About . . . Dinosaurs? is fun, funny and informative. This highly collectable, pocket-size series is the most up-to-date in 66 million years, featuring Tyrannosaurus Rex, Diplodocus, Triceratops, and introduced by Steve Backshall. The series continues with Velociraptor, Stegosaurus and Spinosaurus in September 2018.
Did you know that not all dinosaurs were green and scaly, some were ginger and feathered, or that they didn't all roar, they cooed like pigeons, or that the ultimate prehistoric predator was actually not a dinosaur?
TV scientist, Dr Ben Garrod, is proud to be a geek as he mixes hard science and humour to prove that science is for everyone. All children know their dinosaurs but Ben encourages them to think differently, revealing how new discoveries and breakthroughs occur in science every day. By looking at the evolutionary arms race, prey, predators, place, time, groups and species, Ben reveals new-look dinosaurs. Palaeo art by Scott Hartman and Gabriel Ugueto and cartoon illustration by Ethan Kocak. Also available in audio download, read by the author.

REVIEW:
I have a nephew who is absolutely fascinated by Dinosaurs, he's read books about them, retains facts and figures like no one else I know and loves them so much that he has tons of Dinosaur stuff around his bedroom. 

So having spotted these books by Ben, I knew that someone would probably like them, but I didn't have a clue on how much he would be glued to various titles in the series.  Each book is written in a kid friendly way and whilst some of the chapters might sound the same in each title they're all written differently so that the reader can gain as much knowledge as they want. 

There's weird facts, easy to follow illustrations that explain timelines and sizes and above all else the sheer pleasure and fun that the author has with the subject is brought across for the reader and allows them to geek out as much as they want.

This, the first book in the series was a wonderful introduction and having seen the Chris Packham documentary on this fearsome beast, I was wondering how a lot of that information would be translated to the younger reader, it's been done with careful illustrations, humour and of course in such a way that it doesn't feel dumbed down in any way.  All round this is a truly wonderful read, and as the popular "Dinotastic Uncle" who found these books for my nephew, I'm under strict orders to get as many as I can for him. 


RELEASE DATE:   08/03/18

PUBLISHER:  Zephyr


SYNOPSIS: 

Biologist and TV scientist Ben Garrod's fun, funny, informative and collectable series about dinosaurs, launching with T. Rex, Diplodocus and Triceratops. Ben Garrod's So You Think You Know About . . . Dinosaurs? is fun, funny and informative. This highly collectable, pocket-size series is the most up-to-date in 66 million years, featuring Tyrannosaurus Rex, Diplodocus, Triceratops, and introduced by Steve Backshall. The series continues with Velociraptor, Stegosaurus and Spinosaurus in September 2018.
Did you know that not all dinosaurs were green and scaly, some were ginger and feathered, or that they didn't all roar, they cooed like pigeons, or that the ultimate prehistoric predator was actually not a dinosaur?
TV scientist, Dr Ben Garrod, is proud to be a geek as he mixes hard science and humour to prove that science is for everyone. All children know their dinosaurs but Ben encourages them to think differently, revealing how new discoveries and breakthroughs occur in science every day. By looking at the evolutionary arms race, prey, predators, place, time, groups and species, Ben reveals new-look dinosaurs. Palaeo art by Scott Hartman and Gabriel Ugueto and cartoon illustration by Ethan Kocak. Also available in audio download, read by the author.


REVIEW:
The second book in this series and like the first (the one about the T-Rex) its full of fun facts, a witty writing style and anecdotes from the author about his discoveries on the Dino trail.  It celebrates the sheer pleasure of loving a subject and not being afraid of being labeled and of course is full of tons of facts that will keep your young paleontologist glued to the pages and reciting all the info when out and about. 

As with the original, it has easy access chapters, explains things in an easy to understand manner and really helps bring these giant beasts to life.  A truly magical experience.



RELEASE DATE:   08/03/18

PUBLISHER:  Zephyr


SYNOPSIS:
Biologist and TV scientist Ben Garrod's fun, funny, informative and collectable series about dinosaurs, launching with T. Rex, Diplodocus and Triceratops. Ben Garrod's So You Think You Know About . . . Dinosaurs? is fun, funny and informative. This highly collectable, pocket-size series is the most up-to-date in 66 million years, featuring Tyrannosaurus Rex, Diplodocus, Triceratops, and introduced by Steve Backshall. The series continues with Velociraptor, Stegosaurus and Spinosaurus in September 2018.
Did you know that not all dinosaurs were green and scaly, some were ginger and feathered, or that they didn't all roar, they cooed like pigeons, or that the ultimate prehistoric predator was actually not a dinosaur?
TV scientist, Dr Ben Garrod, is proud to be a geek as he mixes hard science and humour to prove that science is for everyone. All children know their dinosaurs but Ben encourages them to think differently, revealing how new discoveries and breakthroughs occur in science every day. By looking at the evolutionary arms race, prey, predators, place, time, groups and species, Ben reveals new-look dinosaurs. Palaeo art by Scott Hartman and Gabriel Ugueto and cartoon illustration by Ethan Kocak. Also available in audio download, read by the author.


REVIEW:
The third and final book in the series for now (although three more are out in September, the Spinosaurus, the Velocorapter and the Stegasaurus) and whilst my nephew was disappointed that he'll have to wait for more, I've found out that he keeps reading them and spouting facts at the dinner table (for which my name is being cursed apparently.) 

As a huge reader myself, finding books that not only entertain but enthuse children to read is a real pleasure and for me, this series is going to be one that is a must buy for anyone wanting to help get their children into books.  The fact that these have wonderful humour, solid illustrations and of course are info packed make them ideal all round.  Finally throw into the mix that we also have the new Jurassic Park film to look forward to this summer as well as other dinosaur attractions (such as Jurassic Kingdom and Dippy the Diplidocus on tour) you know that you can back these up with a real summer of fun. 

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