The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever

By: Don Lessem

Illustrated by: Franco Tempesta

Published: October 10, 2017

Publisher: National Geographic


National Geographic is the powerhouse when it comes to resource books for children. This updated reference on dinosaurs covers every imaginable species you could ever imagine. Paleontologists have recently discovered ten new dinosaur profiles that are included in this jam-packed book.

This large hardcover is full of detailed illustrations and begins with covering the various habitats, family tree, migration, predators, and maps of some of the greatest finds over the years. Then each species of dinosaur is described with a detailed illustration, basic facts, pronunciation of the name, and a descriptive paragraph.

I have to admit that I had no idea there were this many different types of dinosaurs. I think it is extremely fascinating that paleontologists have been able to decipher the various differences just from fossils. Sharing how they lived and what they ate is quite an amazing discovery, even when finding pieces of fossilized dinosaurs recently. Tempesta’s illustrations are extremely detailed and show the uniqueness of each dinosaur.

Even though this is written for elementary-aged children, I think any dinosaur fan would love to read this book. I know a high school student who dreams of being a paleontologist and I think he would even be intrigued by this book. I plan to pass it on to him. This reference would be a great asset to science and history classrooms as well.

Don Lessem – source photo by Dennis Oda

Don Lessem is the ultimate source on dinosaurs. He’s authored numerous science books, with most of them being about dinosaurs. See some of them HERE. He is the founder of the Dinosaur Society and the Jurassic Foundation, which has raised millions of dollars for dinosaur research.

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  1. bermudaonion on January 6, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I love National Geographic books!! I don't know that much about dinosaurs so I feel sure I'll learn a lot from this book.

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