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dinosaurs-everywhere-2Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

If you ever want to know how well a children’s book is being received, just “kid test” it and the answer will become immediately apparent. I read the book There Were Dinosaurs Everywhere! by Howard Temperley to a group of second graders at an elementary school, and it was an instant big hit! The students loved the humorously illustrated pictures, the rhyming poems and the wit and humor in relation to the history of dinosaurs.

The book aptly begins at the inception of dinosaurs – when they were sea creatures timidly creeping up onto the shore to later evolve into walking beings. Next the book tackles each stage of dinosaur development, highlighted with cool illustrations that show dinosaurs in poses with genteel snouts and teeth – and even the scary ones have softened expressions. This is appreciated because younger children will not be afraid of the photos, but will be even more interested in learning about the details of the dino-pals and their history.

The author provides the dinosaurs’ real names, their proper pronunciation, poems incorporating real facts about each dinosaur and puts a funny spin on the whole concept (such as an impromptu commercial break from Dino Foods explaining that the dinosaurs’ diet had benefits for their teeth and health in general, as they skipped junk foods – and shouldn’t we consider skipping junk foods too?).

In the end, the book offers a handy dinosaur timeline of evolution; the poems follow a super logical order of development from evolution, birth and the end of the dinosaur age itself. The book is a treasure and pleasantly over sized for great story time viewing by all. It is highly recommended for the cheery illustrations and fun-filled Dino trivia and is suitable for youngsters (up to about the third grade for story time reading, over third grade for independent reading on their own).

Rating: ★★★★★ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by JKS Communications. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.