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Robert Crowther's Pop-up Dinosaur ABC
by Robert Crowther
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2015 (2015)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Loads of fun, this clever pop-up book combines facts about dinosaurs with learning the alphabet. Flip or pull the tab that accompanies each letter and up pops a prehistoric creature whose name begins with that letter. You'll meet an edmontosaurus, janenschia, quetzalcoatius, riojasaurus, and wannanosaurus.

Each pop-up entry contains the name of the creature and some interesting facts. For example, the velociraptor was small but its eighty pointed teeth and sharp claws made it a formidable adversary. The mamenchisaurus, which was discovered in China, apparently used its spoon-like teeth like a rake to scrape leaves from plants. Half the length of an Olympic size swimming pool, the dinosaur needed to consume a lot of plants to keep its energy level up.

A very clever interactive book, this dinosaur compendium will delight not only younger children but also anyone interested in dinosaurs. There are dinosaurs listed here that don't often appear in other picture books.

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