Book of Dinosaurs by Gabrielle Balkan

publication date: Jun 20, 2022
author/source: Kathryn Mayle

Dinosaurs BookPhaidon’s interactive Book of Dinosaurs: 10 Record-Breaking Prehistoric Animals features a thoughtfully-curated range of dinosaurs accompanied by memorable superlatives, facts, and comparisons.

Visually inviting and tactile in design, the book contains screen-print-inspired art and a touch-and-feel skeleton printed on top of each dinosaur, allowing its readers to feel the fossils in context.

In this science-centred picture book, ten record-breaking dinosaurs are introduced through a guessing game with clues. Readers examine the prehistoric skeletons and find a series of hints to guess the mystery dinosaur. The answers are uncovered in stunning page-turn reveals depicting vibrant scenic habitats and a list of each dinosaur’s unique qualities.

The final pages make a clever connection between the ten extinct dinosaurs and some of their contemporary counterparts. Reader’s will learn which dinosaur had:

  • The toughest armour
  • The sharpest eyesight
  • The biggest belly
  • The spikiest tail And more!

The ultimate dinosaur book for children, Book of Dinosaurs also includes a letter from the author, a 24-word glossary, a species index, and a "Discover More" section that highlights books, podcasts, and other resources for the dinosaur-curious.

Kathryn Mayle writes:

In a household already saturated by dinosaur books, I have to say this one stands out.

Both of my children, Matthew (aged six) and Samuel (aged three) absolutely adore it. Sammy loves the dinosaur facts as well as the tactile nature of the fossil images (they are grainy and slightly raised) and Matthew loves the images and the variety of information presented.

The book is beautifully illustrated and the figurative language used to describe the sheer size of the dinosaurs is really accessible for smaller people. This is a book we find ourselves picking up for daytime fun reads as well as bedtime story-time. I really cannot recommend highly enough for dinosaur-enthusiasts! 

PWT rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Published by Phaidon, Book of Dinosaurs: 10 Record-Breaking Prehistoric Animals by Gabrielle Balkan is available online and from bookshops.