The Explorer's Book of Dinosaurs
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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.
Why did the dinosaurs die out? Intriguingly, nobody still really knows. Anyway, extinct they may be but their popularity remains undiminished and this highly appealing title brings dino-mania to the forefront once more. Divided into double page spreads, this colourful, large-format book charts dinosaur history in tasty, bite-sized chunks, dispatching tricky technical details with ease. Clearly presented and entertainingly written, it is illustrated with a range of styles - excellent realistic artwork, based on the latest research, good quality photographs and humorous cartoons for snippets such as the dinosaur beauty contest. An ideal book for dinosaur-mad children and, with its thorough glossary and index, an attractive addition to any home or school library.