Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Review: Good Question - Why Did T.rex Have Short Arms? by Melissa Stewart

Publisher: Sterling
Format: Paperback
Released: September 7th, 2014
Rating: 7.5/10

Amazon summary:

When did the first dinosaurs appear on Earth? What happened to them 65 million years ago? How do we know about dinosaurs, and are there any still alive today? Dinosaurs are absolutely irresistible and children will love learning about these fascinating creatures and looking at the cool illustrations! 


I've been fascinated with dinosaurs from a very young age, ever since my dad told me all about them with the help of many books. Why Did T.rex Have Short Arms? is a great little read for dinosaur enthusiasts, and comes complete with some fantastic artwork to illustrate what it's talking about.

Presented as a selection of questions and answers, this book covers such topics as what dinosaurs actually are, when they first lived, why their names are so difficult to say and how they protected themselves from their enemies. All the basic questions and facts are covered in page sections, and anyone reading this will end up with a decent knowledge of these giant prehistoric beasts.

At the end of the book there's a brilliant double-page size chart depicting several different dinosaurs all ranging in height and weight. It serves its purpose of showing just how huge these creatures were, as placed next to a human man they look nothing short of terrifying.

I enjoyed revisiting a lifelong interest with Why Did T.rex Have Short Arms?, and I even learned a few new facts to add to my collection. For example, did you know that Maiasaura means 'good mother lizard', or that Velociraptors most probably attacked other dinosaurs while they slept? No, me neither...

This book is a fun way of learning about dinosaurs and their many habitats and habits, and it's an enjoyable way to teach children without them getting bored. The accompanying artwork helps a lot with that - it's fantastic and so eye-catching that any younger readers will instantly be interested. It's a nice page length too, perfect for a quick read between homework!

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