Months ago I asked BFF Kid-Tester, Joe, to take a look at the new Excavate! Dinosaurs: Paper Toy Paleontology written by Jonathan Tennant and Vladimir Nikolov and published by North Adams-based Storey Publishing. Joe took to his testing task right away —and very seriously — and got right back to us with photos and his thoughts on the book aimed at kids ages 7 and up. I, on the other hand, have not been as quick as Joe to write this up (sorry Joe and Storey).
About the Book: This interactive book invites children on a paleontologists dig, or two, or three … in their very own home. First they meet the dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods. In other words, they learn about the anatomy, habits, diets etc. of 12 dinosaurs through colorful illustrations and text. Then they embark on their very own dig (there are three periodic dig sights), gathering bones that are mixed up throughout the pages, and putting together the 3D paper dinosaurs based on their newfound dinosaur knowledge.
What Joe had to say: First off, Joe is a fifth grader and a few years above the recommended minimum age, and he wants our readers to know, this is not an easy activity. Joe decided to learn about the Crestacous period and then embark on the accompanying dig. He realized quickly that first he needed to read and ingest all the knowledge about that period before he could solve the puzzle as to which bones go with which dinosaur. This can take some time, so Joe’s recommendation (and his mom’s) — plan for breaks.
As for the actual building, Joe said it was a lot of fun (despite a little frustration here and there) … just look what he created below!
Joe and I highly recommend this book for the dinosaur lovers in your family, and think it would make a great gift for Easter baskets, end-of-school celebrations, birthdays and just about any upcoming occasion your elementary-aged paleontologist has coming up. To order your book go online to storey.com or click here to order from amazon.