The Children's Dinosaur Encyclopedia
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This issue’s cover illustration by Fangorn is taken from Brian Jacques’ Lord Brocktree (Hutchinson, 0 09 176877 2, £12.99), the thirteenth title in the internationally best-selling Redwall series. Salamandastron, the ancestral home of the Badger Lords, is under threat from Ungatt Trunn, an enemy whose power would seem to be absolute and whose evil knows no bounds. The only hope for survival is the badger Lord Brocktree who is drawn to the fortress by an undeniable sense of destiny. Brian Jacques' masterful storytelling as always spins a web of high adventure that will enthral the reader from the first page to the last. Thanks to Hutchinson Children’s Books for their help in producing this September cover.
Each double page spread in this glossily illustrated title looks at a different group of dinosaurs, with some spreads focusing on key topics, such as feeding, fossils and family life. The encyclopedic approach works very well, with entries accompanied by boxes giving details of the period they lived in, size, order, range and, usefully, pronunciation of names. Rather confusingly, the book begins with ancient reptiles other than dinosaurs, and it would benefit from a longer, more comprehensive glossary. But, nit-picking apart, it is well-organised, clearly written, and, at £9.99, very reasonably priced. A valuable reference source for older readers.