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Prehistoric Pets – review

Book Review

Palaeontologist (and compatriot) Dean Lomax has made quite a name for himself over the last several years, and rightly so. Here’s another string for his bow – the remarkably impressive children’s book Prehistoric Pets (published by Templar), a showcase for his skills as a passionate science communicator. The cover might imply that this is simply a book about the big, angry prehistoric relatives of today’s domestic animals, but there’s so much more to it than that; this is a celebration…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Dinosaur Park

Vintage Dinosaur Art

Pop-up dinosaur books are always fun (if rare, although I’ve managed to get my hands on a few in the past) – there’s nothing quite like a satisfyingly well-executed bit of paper engineering. What we have here is something in the same vein, but with a rather entertaining twist. In Dinosaur Park, beautifully painted backdrops have pop-out foregrounds that form something of a stage – an empty stage. That’s because the papercraft members of the cast are all waiting in…

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Vintage Dinosaur Art: Great Dinosaurs

Vintage Dinosaur Art

I love pop-up books, and reviewed a load of them over on LITC Mk 1 – ranging from little-known National Geographic efforts illustrated by John Sibbick and Ely Kish, to slightly ropy work from illustrators who were probably just trying to pay the bills. My latest eBay acquisition – Great Dinosaurs – is probably a more comfortable fit in the latter camp, but at least illustrator Dennis Anderson gets to show off some impressive technical skill along the way. Yes,…

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