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Inside-Outside Dinosaurs

Inside-Outside Dinosaurs

Roxie Munro
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 8
Marshall Cavendish, 2009   ISBN: 0761456244

If you go to a museum to see the dinosaurs, it is likely that you will see a variety of skeletons. They will be of all shapes and sizes, and some will, not doubt, be quite spectacular or even a little frightening. But, what did these animals really look like?

In this excellent picture book, Roxie Munro shows her readers what some of the more well known dinosaur species might have looked like when they were alive. First, she shows children what the skeletons look like, and then she gives her dinosaurs muscles, eyes, skin, and color. Young dinosaur fans will also see the kinds of environments the dinosaurs lived in. Children will come to appreciate that dinosaurs are not just skeletons in a museum. Instead, there were living and breathing creatures that ate, took care of their babies, fought, hunted, and much more.

At the back of the book, Roxie Munro provides her readers with further information about the dinosaurs pictured on the pages. This information will delight older readers who might want to know more about Brachiosaurus, Stegosuarus, and Ankylosaurus. Because of this feature, this book will grow with your child, delighting a young child who will love the pictures and the names, and entertaining the older child who will enjoy reading the facts and figures.