CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 12 . . . . November 18, 2011
In this fictionalized account, a young ankylosaur, looking for food, encounters an older, injured dinosaur of the same species. The young ankylosaur approaches the older one but is rebuffed. However, when a ferocious tyrannosaurus rex attacks the injured dinosaur, the younger ankylosaurus comes to the rescue, engaging the tyrannosaurus in a fight and swinging his bony tail club into the T-rex’s flank. Bleeding and hurt, the tyrannosaurus retreats and limps off into the forest.
Though the story, itself, is fairly typical of dinosaur books, the author’s use of suspense, onomatopoeia and descriptive vocabulary will delight young readers. For example: “Crraaaaash! The tyrannosaur smashed through the branches. She let out a ferocious RAAAARRRRR! Her teeth glistened. Slobber flew from her enormous mouth.”
What sets Ankylosaur Attack apart from others of its type, however, are the computer-generated illustrations which look like colour photographs. The “photos” are clear, vibrant and quite exceptional in the way in which they show texture, especially in terms of the dinosaurs’ bodies, the vegetation and the rocky terrain.
A page at the back of Ankylosaur Attack provides very brief factual information about ankylosaurs and tyrannosaurs.
Ankylosaur Attack will definitely appeal to children who are dinosaur fans. Though the reading level is geared toward primary students, preschoolers will enjoy having the book read to them.
Gail Hamilton is a former teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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