Book review: Walking with Dinosaurs Dinopedia by Steve Brusatte

Walking with Dinosaurs Dinopedia by Steve Brusatte
Walking with Dinosaurs Dinopedia by Steve Brusatte

The BIG picture – in every sense of the word – this Christmas time will be Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie but there’s a chance to get in on the act early with a thrilling range of tie-in prehistoric adventure books.

This blockbuster family film, in cinemas from December 20, promises to be so real that it will feel like you are actually there so take a sneak peek behind the scenes with Macmillan Children’s Books’ five new titles, full of exciting facts, awesome activities and super stickers.

The Walking with Dinosaurs TV series, first broadcast in 1999, changed the way we saw dinosaurs forever, taking viewers right into the dinosaurs’ world and showing them as if they were alive and filmed in the wild.

It covered an amazing 155 million years of prehistory with the most cutting-edge technology ever seen on television and since then has been seen by over 700 million people around the world. You can also visit the official site at http://www.walkingwithdinosaurs.com/

Hot off the presses is Walking with Dinosaurs Dinopedia, a beautifully produced 96-page, full-colour encyclopaedia filled with facts about the dinosaurs from the film as well as information about the world the dinosaurs inhabited and theories about their rise and fall.

Featuring images from the film and photos of palaeontologists at work, this fun and fascinating encyclopaedia explains how dinosaurs came to rule the world, what other species co-existed with them and how they grew and evolved.

Meet Patchi, Scowler, Alex, Gorgon and the rest of the film’s cast as they are put under the microscope to reveal a world long before our time.

(Macmillan, hardback, £9.99)

Walking with Dinosaurs: Patchi’s Big Adventure

J.E Bright

Get your glasses on – the 3D variety of course – and follow Patchi, a baby pachyrhino, as he gets ready to leave his nest.

All the thrills and spills of the dinosaurs’ landscape spring to glorious life in this little book packed with big surprises.

The entertaining mix of facts, activities and superb stickers comes complete with a 3D poster and glasses and offers hours of fun as we journey with Patchi into the big, wide world. He stops to sniff, scratch and investigate everything he sees in the forest but one small distraction changes his course and sends him off on a giant size adventure.

(Macmillan, paperback, £4.99)

Also included in this action-packed series are Walking with Dinosaurs: A Reusable Sticker Book by Jane Stevens (Macmillan, paperback, £3.99), another fun-filled book bursting with games, activities and full-colour, reusable stickers; Walking with Dinosaurs: Handbook by Calliope Glass (Macmillan, paperback, £6.99) which sees Patchi embarking on another adventure; and Walking with Dinosaurs: The Great Migration by J.E Bright (Macmillan, paperback, £4.99) in which the pachyrhino herd move from their summer home to the winter ground. Youngsters can follow their story and illustrate it with a sheet of removable stickers.