Summer is winding down… but your sense of adventure doesn’t have to!
I’m definitely a young’n… people love to remind me all the time. I’ve even been told that I’m “still a baby!” and my mature, 25 year old self has to contain the rage that is brought forth by insinuating that my diaper still needs to be changed.
But one of the greatest things about my young age is the fact that I grew up in a WONDROUS world in which Jurassic Park was on television ALL THE TIME when I was a kid. And I watched it ALL THE TIME with my dad (when we weren’t watching Star Trek, of course.) And to this day, 25 years after the release of Michael Crichton’s fabulous novel, Jurassic Park, I am still obsessed. I love dinosaurs! I’m a dinosaur nerd. I may not have every dinosaur memorized, but I do have an Advanced Reader’s Copy of the original Jurassic Park book. I go to see all the new movies when they come out and I’m compelled to buy every t-rex t-shirt my eyes stumble upon. Not only are dinosaurs fascinating but I truly think they bring out the imagination of everyone.
So when I came across The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte I had a moment of nerd-out. I immediately had to read it, how could you wait to submerge yourself into the Jurassic realm?
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte
But I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. Sometimes I find books on subjects that I think are fascinating but once I try and read them… I find myself regretting my choices. They can be so dry and factual and honestly painful to read.
But today I am here to tell you that it was ANYTHING but dry and painful! Brusatte does an amazing job of not only bringing history to life but he’s brought his own experiences and personality (also not dry or boring) to his book and the results are fabulous. He does a spectacular job of illustrating his life experiences and as he grows throughout the book he explains his discoveries and the history of dinosaurs.
Let’s talk about the book itself. It is really a beautiful book. I received a finished copy from William Morrow and they definitely spent a large amount of time and money on these. Not only is the book cover beautiful but inside the book there are graphs and timelines and photos and illustrations that compliment Brusatte’s story and aide in the reader’s imagination.
I know, you could really just Google dinosaurs and I’m sure you would find as much information as you could possibly contain, but truly it was a joy to read The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs.
Who I would recommend this to:
Anyone who is interested in dinosaurs or science and evolution. I think this may be a fun book to give pre-teens as well! This would make a great Christmas or birthday gift!