Show your passport, Mr Dinosaur

Canadian Dinosaurs

Canadian Dinosaurs

Thanks to a librarian friend, here is a book on Canadian dinosaurs (as opposed to those pesky American Dinos). I am imagining  a few Canadian Dinos taking in some Tunnel Bar-B-Q, hitting a casino or strip club, and then crossing over to catch a Red Wings game in Detroit. (I know Americans in Detroit do this, so I am only assuming the traffic goes both ways.) How do those tiny arms hold the passport?

Before anyone gets upset, this book is NOT awful! I loved the layout, pictures and information. I particularly like that they provided information about the particular digs and museums in Alberta. I can’t wait to plan a vacation to Dinosaur Provincial Park.  My only gripe is that it is getting a bit ripe in age and maybe a newer edition is in order.  One of my regular kids always says you can never have too many dinosaur books. That kid is absolutely right.



Canadian Dinosaurs back cover

Why Canada?



  1. Even for 2003 it seems a bit dated. I’m not the most up to date on dinosaurs anymore, but I’m pretty sure the “T Rex didn’t walk upright like that” theory predates this book. Not sure about feathers.

    Anyone know any good books about dinosaurs aimed at adults? I’m sure they must exist, but search results tend to be heavy on kid oriented books. 🙁

    1. Last year’s “My Beloved Brontosaurus” by Brian Switek is a science road trip book in the Bill Bryson/Mary Roach mold. It gives about equal time to dinosaurs in culture and cool new theories in paleontology. Not especially deep, but a good reintroduction to a grown-up who has been out of the dinosaur game for a while.

      “Dinosaurus” by Steve Parker is ten years old, but it is the best encyclopedia-style dinosaur book I’ve ever seen. Lavish illustrations, grown-up language, and real enthusiasm that keeps it from being too dry.

      Depending on your library’s catalog, you’ll probably get better results searching for “Paleontology” rather than “Dinosaurs.”

  2. Mary, never mind the passports, but with such tiny arms how do they pay for BBQ,
    casino trips, Red Wing games, etc.? When someone doesn’t have the money when the check comes, my older son will say the offending party “went T-Rex on me” (it was usually my younger son).

  3. And here I am, overly-emotionally-invested-in-dinosaurs person that I am, screaming, “THEY DON’T WALK LIKE THAT. THEY DIDN’T WALK UPRIGHT LIKE GODZILLA. WHERE ARE THEIR FEATHERS? THEY TOTALLY HAD FEATHERS.”

    egl, I did find some decent-looking books on dinosaurs geared towards adults on Amazon and Barnes and Noble’s website. Dinosaurs: The Textbook by Spencer George Lucas seems good. It’s even up-to-date enough to have feather theropods on the cover.

  4. This book doesn’t seem to answer the important questions. Was poutine an important part of their diet? Did they invent Kinder eggs? How did they feel about hockey, since their arms are so small they wouldn’t be able to play properly?

  5. This book came out in 2003 and the T-Rex are not walking upright. They are standing on their hind legs, probably illustrating a courting ritual. This book does not look bad, but science and theories are constantly changing. It probably needs an update.

  6. Dude, when kids are the patrons, theory doesn’t matter–just super scary pictures of big T-Rex grimacing with lots of teeth! Weed? Well, go look at your juvenile dinosaur collection. Empty? Better put it back.

  7. In addition to the dinosaur museum in Drumheller there’s a giant fiberglass T. Rex you can climb inside for a small fee.

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