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 the Stegosaurus and Ankylosaurus. 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 Thyreophora, a word that means “shield bearers.” They both had “body armor” to protect them from predators. Check out those spikes! It’s really amazing to see one of their most unusual skeletons in a museum. Can you see the horns on that Ankylosaurus skull? Both the Stegosaurus and Ankylosaurus had body armor , so just how can you tell them apart?
Take a look at those tails. The Stegosaurus and Ankylosaurus “used their tails as weapons.” The Ankylosaurus’s tail looked like a club while the Stegosaurus’s looked like it had spikes. Both of these dinos had short front legs. When scientists look at Stegosaurus tracks they think that it “might have sometimes walked on two feet.” There are a lot of interesting things to learn about the Thyreophora. You’ll also learn about how they found food, what kinds of food they ate, how they protected themselves, and what that body armor looked like. Can you guess how large the Stegosaurus brain was? You’ll know after you read this book!
This is a fascinating book about Thyreophora dinosaurs 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 Stegosaurus and Ankylosaurus. 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 “low-growing” or “predator.” 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!