Recently, it seems as though my three-year-old has become quite interested in dinosaurs. However, on a recent trip to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C., Buddy made sure to inform me he was only interested in seeing dinosaur bones, and would like to skip visiting with any dinosaurs with “skin.” Me too, Buddy, me too – those realistic displays can be freaky and gruesome sometimes.
Based on our museum trip, I was a bit unsure as to how he would react to the book, There Were Dinosaurs Everywhere!: A Rhyming Romp Through Dinosaur History by Howard Temperley, given the dinosaurs in the book are illustrated by Michael Kline with – gasp – skin! I’m excited to report that this book, published by KWS Press, has been the literary hit of the holiday season in our house. Both boys love the cartoony, humorous, and somewhat unexpected illustrations (a Styracosaurus on a bathroom scale and a Tyrannosaurus Rex in purple high tops?).
The poetry in the book is catchy and informative – with detailed facts that would challenge any pint-sized dinosaur enthusiast. For example, did you know the Ankylosaurus “has a leathery hide, with horny spikes along the side?” or that the Brachiosaurus was “huge of body, small of brain, a living walking mobile crane”? Your kids will love learning about dinosaurs, fossils, and what the world was like in the time of the dinosaurs, and you’ll love that the book has enough visual interest that your kids will be able to browse the pictures themselves while you are cooking dinner or trying to get them to stay in bed past 5 AM.