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. Volume XIII Number 3 . . . . September 29, 2006
In the previous book, Dinosaur Hideout, Daniel discovered how to travel back in time to see dinosaurs, but he thought that was all behind him when he threw away the redwood bark (the catalyst for his time travel). However, while looking for something in his backpack, he finds a pinecone attached to the Velcro and knows he can go back again. He finally decides he must go back just to see if the dying Edmontosaurus female he encountered on his last trip is, in fact, "Roxanne."
This time, he makes careful plans and assembles all of the things he will need to go and come back safely. He's planned for everything except Dr. Roost's determination to come along! She is much older, quite skeptical, and walks with a cane, and Daniel doubts she will be able to keep up. She refuses to let him go without her, so, holding hands and touching the pinecone, they are immediately transported back to prehistoric times. They begin their search for the dying dinosaur and along the way see many fantastic sights (large turtles, prehistoric birds, dinosaurs, crocodiles and plants), and have many scary encounters with snakes, strange plants and fierce, meat-eating dinosaurs. They make a successful return but leave the pinecone behind. Will they be able to return?
This fast-paced, well-written novel will keep dinosaur enthusiasts reading long after bedtime. The chapters where Daniel and Dr. Roost return to prehistoric times are very descriptive and exciting. The characters are well developed, and the friendship and mutual respect that Daniel and Dr. Roost eventually display are excellent role models for relationships between generations.
As in the previous books, Judith Silverthorne has included a section at the back to help readers with some of the terms used and details about some of the creatures mentioned in the book. There is also a useful pronunciation guide, other references and bibliography including URLs.
Pat Fay is a teacher-librarian at Beaumont School in Winnipeg, MB.
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