By: Buffy Silverman
Publisher: Lerner Publishing
Publication Date: August 2013
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: December 2013
Maybe you are really into dinos and already think you know the difference between that Brachiosaurus and the Apatosaurus. You might be the type of individual who has the pronunciation of all of the dinos at the tip of your tongue. Why not impress everyone by letting them know that these two dinosaurs are sauropods. The “Sauropods had long tails and long necks. Their heads looked tiny.” It’s really amazing to see one of their skeletons in a museum. They reach way up to the ceiling with those long necks. Both the Brachiosaurus and the Apatosaurus had long necks and tails, so just how can you tell them apart?
Check out those legs. The Brachiosaurus’s front legs “were longer than the back legs” while the Apatosaurus’s front legs “were shorter than its back legs.” Now that’s an easy way to tell the difference if you see them side-by-side in a book. They both ate “hundreds of pounds of plants each day” because they needed a lot of energy to move their massive bodies. There are a lot of things to learn about these two sauropods. You’ll learn about how they got their food, how they gathered it, what they ate, you’ll learn about their bones and teeth, and how tall they were. Do you know which dino had the longer tail? You will after you read this book!
This is a fascinating book about two sauropods that young dino lovers will enjoy. Of course many young students became enamored with dinosaurs when they were preschoolers. This beginning nonfiction book will arm them with more specific information about them. The layout is very appealing with full-color photographs and drawings of the Brachiosaurus and the Apatosaurus. The comparisons made will arm young readers with fun facts to impress their friends. The newly independent reader will be able to tackle the text with a minimum of assistance with words such as “peg-shaped” or “migrate.” Captions add additional information to the text. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, and two Dino Diagrams for comparison.
Quill says: If you have a young dino lover, they will definitely enjoy the "Dinosaur Look-Alikes" series!