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The How and Why Wonder Book of Dinosaurs

Like any good librarian, I get that dinosaur books are gold and absolutely essential in any collection. I have a pack of regulars at my library that will set me straight on the quality of dino books without hesitation. This is an example of one that had to go. First, boring pictures that look like some bad claymation models. Second, according to my dino kids, a brontosaurus is not a real dinosaur. Finally, real dinosaurs are much cooler looking than these pictures.

Time for a new dino book.


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13 Responses to Dinosaurs

  • There is one “real” Brontosaurus left, at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, CT. The museum explains that the particular specimen gets to keep Brontosaurus as part of its official name because it was the specimen used to describe the genus. http://peabody.yale.edu/exhibits/apatosaurus
    The cover art on this book is hilarious! It reminds me of “Land of the Lost.”

  • The name “brontosaurus” has been replaced by “apatosaurus.” The actual creature did exist, but the book is clearly out of date.

    • Apatosaurus had already been discovered and named. Brontosaurus was a misidentified Apatosaurus with the wrong head. Brontosaurus only existed in museums as mashups.

  • Yay, for patron feedback.

  • What–WHAT–is happening on this cover!?

    • by all appearances a “brontosaur” has a stegosaur in a headlock and the tyrannosaur and triceratops are, uh, egging them on?

  • This would have been so helpful, years ago.
    Young Boy “Do you have dinosaur books?”
    me “yes, right over there”
    Young Boy “But they are PICTURES, drawings of dinosaurs! I want one with PHOTO’S of dinosaurs!!”

    Oh dear.

    It also reminds me of a mail I had to write next week, where another academy library asked us why we disposed of our old software, to which I replied that the old software, being intended for museum collections, was quite heavy work for any computer, especially it not being an online system, making the pc crash and making you relate the word “thesaurus” with indeed something out of the prehistoric area.

  • Hey, my grandmother illustrated that book! That’s not the original cover – looks like that was slapped on by a desperate new publisher.

    But it is out of date–seeing as I remember her working on those illustrations when I was a little kid (in the mid-1960’s)!

    • If it’s actually that old then it won’t have anything directly applicable to say about why dinosaurs aren’t around any more (except, surprise, birds). That’s an important and exciting part of the story. And it seems to be more complicated than “asteroid”, although a large dent exists in the side of the planet does say “asteroid” very emphatically. There was something called The Deccan Traps.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaurs_%28TV_series%29 didn’t use the asteroid version but they intentionally presented a different catastrophe, culminating in an artificial unending winter. Depressing.

  • That cover is too funny! Any book that portrays dinosaurs dragging their tails on the ground is way out of date.

  • I’ve seen better looking plastic dinosaurs at the dollar store than the ones on the cover. 🙂

  • There was a whole series of “How and Why” books for kids. We had them when growing up in the 70s. Good for their time, but long out of date now.

  • @Amphioxus : Those are wonderful drawings! Really powerful! Right now, I don’t care about outdated knowledge, I want one of those drawings made up huge, hanging on my wall.

    (but yes,this is not a book for public use. We need updated books, with new facts and big, interesting photos..)