Alphasaurs, and other Prehistoric Types: Sharon Werner & Sarah Forss (Blue Apple Books, 2012)
This is an absolutely wonderful fun and attractive non fiction book for any bookshelf. It’s aimed at 6-12 year olds, who can enjoy devouring this book themselves, but it’s also good to share with younger children. Not to mention any age above 12, especially those with an interest in design and typography.
There is a dinosaur or prehistoric animal for every letter of the alphabet, and the twist is that each picture is made out of the initial letters of their name in different fonts. There are also several flaps scattered throughout the book for dinosaurs that don’t quite fit, like this Gigantosaurus:
When the flap is closed, you see a side view of the head in proportion to the body; this open flap shows the actual size of how big one of Gigantosaurus’ teeth could grow to. Personally, I love facts like that, and I used to read fact books for fun as a child. Fun ones like The Do-It-Yourself Genius Kit. I would have soaked up every page of this book when I was a child. Um, okay, I am now too…
MG and DG are a little on the young end, and are surprisingly uninterested in facts about dinosaurs. Odd children! 😉
There are either one or two prehistoric creatures on each double page. The book uses a limited colour palette but each page is attractive and informative. There are several bite-sized facts dotted around the page, generally based on the particular alphabet letter focus; a pronunciation guide and approximate era for each creature; plus whether it was a meat or plant eater.
The only thing I could think of that could improve this book is if there was a scale comparison for all the dinosaurs included in the book, but that’s a tiny wish list! Sarah Forss and Sharon Werner have also collaborated on Alphabeasties and Bugs By The Numbers which are on my wish list as I’ve been thoroughly impressed with this book and recommend it to anyone interested in bite-size facts, dinosaurs, typography, design or beautiful non-fiction books; especially primary aged children.
Disclaimer: We were sent copies of Alphasaurs by Blue Apple Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.