Dinosaurs (Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series)

Dinosaurs (Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series)

by Robert Sabuda, Matthew Reinhart


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From renowned pop-up masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart comes an awe-inspiring tribute to the world's most beloved extinct animals and their 180-million-year reign on our planet.

Open this book and a massive T. REX springs out, flashing a startling jawful of jagged teeth. Turn the next spread and a ravishing raptor unfurls and appears to fly off the edge of the page. Inside the amazing ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS are "shield bearers" in full-body armor, creatures with frilly headgear, and weighty, long-necked giants. There are even amusing tidbits on the history of paleontology itself — like a pop-up version of a Victorian New Year's dinner in the belly of a dinosaur model, or a pair of scientists locked in a literal tug-of-war over bones.

Full of fascinating facts and lighthearted good humor, this breathtaking book includes fascinating, up-to-the-minute information about popular dinosaurs as well as many lesser-known varieties. With each of six spreads featuring one spectacular, large pop-up as well as booklets of smaller pop-ups and text, ENCYCLOPEDIA PREHISTORICA: DINOSAURS is a magnificent display of paper engineering and creativity — an astonishing book that will be read, admired, and treasured forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763622282
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 07/12/2005
Series: Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series , #1
Pages: 12
Sales rank: 25,193
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 2.30(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Robert Sabuda is the creator of many breathtaking pop-up books, including ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, both of which were NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers.

Matthew Reinhart is the creator of many award-winning pop-up books, including the Young Naturalist series, THE POP-UP BOOK OF PHOBIAS, and ANIMAL POPPOSITES.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

March 8, 1965

Place of Birth:

Pinckney, Michigan


B.F.A., Pratt Institute, 1987

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Dinosaurs (Encyclopedia Prehistorica Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our 3 year old son reads this book constantly. We read it to him every night and he spends lots of time looking at the pop up pictures on his own. It is beautifully crafted and sturdy enough to withhold a 3 year old turning the pages. I highly recommend. We plan to get the Shark book next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This pop up book is so beautiful, it deserves framing. It has not only been a delight for our 3 year old grandson but also for us. We never get tired of reading this book to him.
GrandmaMimmers More than 1 year ago
These two illustrators, Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart are the BEST. To give you an idea of the complexity of this book as far as the pop ups, when you open the book you will see a giant reptile that looks like a Tyranosaurus Rex and THREE FLAPS that can be opened to view yet more popups with wonderful text all around describing dinosaur related matter. Wonderful book. It has 6 large sized popups, and like 19 (or so) flaps that open to reveal more pop ups (sometimes multiples per flap). Truly incredible, and enjoyable. I decided to put this one 'out' on my coffee table as my one year old grandson is still not at the age to enjoy this but he will in a few years. Until then, I plan to enjoy it myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Dinosaurs' is a fantastic book that all children will cherish for knowledge of their favorite giant reptiles and pre-historic creatures. After a long while, my kid still refers to this book when a question arises.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 4 year old loves dinosaurs and can name them all with facts and descriptions that continually amaze me. This book has become his prized possession. Although he has many dinosaur dictionaries and fact books, the intricate pop-ups in Sabuda's book capture his attention in a manner the the 2D books cannot compete with. The pages within pages were a wonderful surprise for all of us. I had never seen that before. Although I would not recommend this book for any hands that are rough with books, a child that can appreciate the precision of the cut-outs can really find joy in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book as a Christmas gift (2005) for my nephew Cameron. He was so impressed by the book that he insists that it remain safely on his book shelf, when not being used, so it does not get damaged. He has enjoyed every aspect of the book & referred to it after seeing the movie King Kong to show me the dinasaurs that were in the movie. He received other toys for Christmas & has yet to actually take them out of the box, but he has enjoyed this book. His older sister Kyla has also enjoyed the book. My nephew likes to read & is creative, therefore this book made an excellent gift for him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is going on the shelf for a few years or otherwise it's going to be torn to shreds by my daughter. I can't believe the details and how many pop-ups there are. It's not just the one large pop-up per page, but several smaller ones as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all of Robert Sabuda's pop-up books, and this one is just as fabulous as the others. The text is certainly written for a more mature child (probably 8-12), but my two-year old son begs me to read the 'dinosaur book' to him every night. But be warned--there is a certain T-rex that literally comes out of the book at you! It totally freaked my 4-year old nephew out! It took me reading the book to him about 3-4 times before he became accustomed to that page. It's also notable that this book will teach you, as a parent or caregiver, about paleontology. I love it when my son and I can both learn from a book!
readasaurus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A masterful creation that combines Science and Art. Sabuda's pop ups encourage children to explore the page by pulling, folding, and moving each one. The dinosaur information is not necessarily intended for very young readers, but the young ones will be thoroughly intrigued by the beautiful art/pop ups. This is an engaging book for all ages.
delatte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's fun to show off this title at dino-themed story times!
dpevers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nothing new on the topic of dinosaurs, but the pop-ups do provide an interesting presentation.
mbeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure I'd use this book in my classroom by virtue of the fact that I could see this book getting very beat up, very quickly. I also don't think I'd use this as a read aloud since it's not really a story but a list of facts. Perhaps I could use it momentarily during a science lesson? I'm not completely sure of the practicality of that either. I think that if I were to use this it would be during a less on dinosaurs. Perhaps it would be a good lead-in to the discussion of my students thoughts about them.
laxlover44 More than 1 year ago
My 7 year old dinosaur loving nephew loves this book ! I bought it for him for his birthday present, and he pronounced it 'awesome' and 'the best birthday present ever'. The pop ups are amazing, and there are also tabs on each page to open. My nephew loved making the jaws of one of the dinosaurs open and close. I highly recommend this book for all dinosaur loving kids and adults !
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Evan7 More than 1 year ago
Beautifully done. Fold outs are terrific. My grandson loved it! The adults loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love pop-up books, I collect them. Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda are the kings of intricate paper mechanics. Many easily destroyed by little hands. This one is no different. At any rate, I have a comment about 'Betty's' review...above......ALL children are NOT crazy about dinosaurs, unless heavily encouraged by some 'well-meaning' adults.How narrow minded to make such a broad statement. However, Many children would probably be delighted with many pop-up books, read to them by their parents. I give them as gifts to my nieces and nephews many times. Not particularly the prehistoric animal types :)