A Tasty Guide to Mesozoic Munching

Illustrated by: Hannah Bonner

Published: September 20, 2016

Publisher: National Geographic Kids


This is THE book for children who love dinosaurs. Future Paleontologist in your house of any age? Get them this book. I learned so much and chuckled on every page. The writing is witty and written to engage kids and excite them about dinosaurs. There is so much to look at on each page. Besides the writing, there are fabulous illustrations of dinosaurs, insects, and plants with precise detail. The illustrations are really quite amazing.

In fact, I learned so much I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I noticed on the above page an extinct plant called bennettite. It caught my eye since our son’s name is Bennett. I had never heard of that plant before.

I began to wonder how the researchers know so much about what the different types of dinosaurs ate. Mostly they can tell from the type of teeth they had. They even included an illustration of an actual size T. Rex tooth. Small, sharp teeth meant they likely ate insects. Large teeth, usually meant they were carnivores or piscivores, fish eaters. The book even describes the way their food was digested.

This book is so creative and fun, I actually think any kid or parent would enjoy reading through this book whether they like dinosaurs or not. There is so much to see on each page, it may take a few nights of bedtime stories to get through it all. There are also 18 PB & J sandwiches hidden throughout the book. I haven’t even found them all yet.

National Geographic Kids knows how to get kids interested in science, animals, or our world by sharing information in fun and creative ways. This book is a sure winner!

Hannah Bonner’s natural illustrations have graced many publications including the best-selling Scholastic Science Dictionary and three award-winning National Geographic Kids titles, including When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth, a Booklist Top 10 Science Book for Youth and included in the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. Check out all Bonner’s books HERE

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  1. Laura Fabiani on October 8, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I totally agree that National Geographic publishers are masters at dispensing nonfiction in an appealing way. I love the fact that this book is witty! I love the cover too.

  2. bermudaonion on October 9, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    I love anything by National Geographic and know a lot of kids who would love this book!

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