Of all the dinosaur books my daughter and I have read so far this may be our favorite. It packs a lot of information into very readable bursts of text. The illustrations are somehow both amusing and informative, and truly complement the text in that several proved very helpful in explaining some of the more difficult concepts to my 4-year-old.
My daughter in particular loves the idea that while we know a lot about dinosaurs already, there are many more things we don’t know. She’s convinced she is going to be the one to solve that perplexing mystery of how the very largest dinosaurs were able to lay their eggs without having them shatter when they hit the ground.
It helps that you can’t read for very long about dinosaurs without stumbling into examples of kids making important discoveries. For example, did you know that a 14-year-old boy discovered the 95% complete skeleton of Bambiraptor, one of the key specimens helping paleontologists understand the link between dinosaurs and birds? My daughter does, and she’s already making plans for our next vacation to a dig site in the Hell Creek Formation in Montana (although in truth something like the Montana Dinosaur Trail might work better).