Saturday, October 29, 2016

Dining with Dinosaurs: A Tasty Guide to Mesozoic Munching by Hannah Bonner [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts: Kids love dinosaurs. They love books about dinosaurs, playing like they are dinosaurs, and playing with little plastic figures of the various "saurs." Dining with Dinosaurs: A Tasty Guide to Mesozic Munching holds real kid appeal with the cartoonish drawings, side bars of information, "Ask a Scientist" cartoon strips with great bits of information, general kid interest "stuff," and the plethora of dinosaurs located in various parts of the World all lend special appeal. Lots of humor and fun facts. Frankly, I never realized there were so many different types of dinosaurs.

Realistically, this book holds a  bit of speculation on the part of the author and that is noted on occasion. Scientists have discovered fossilized remains that appear to give quite a bit of insightful information into what dinosaurs ate. The author has compiled the findings of research with a delightful and fun sense of humor to charm all dinosaurs lovers. Hence this cute book.

Lots of fun filled "back matter" pages to further enhance the child's learning experience: "Who Eats Who Today?", "The Food Web," "Photosunthesis (sugar from sunshine)," and a great pronunciation guide, glossary, and index.

National Geographic has carved a nich into the entertaining educational world of children's books. And in Dining with Dinosaurs the children's interest will surely be tweaked.

A word of caution to those whose beliefs are based on the Biblical creation of a young earth. They will find this does not match up with a young earth. That being said, I think any parent can utilize this book beneficially for their children, guiding discussion points.

About the book: Sure you know that T-Rex was the meat-eating king and that brontosaurus muched on leaves, but what else was on the dino dining menu during the Mesozoic era? In this hilarious book, paleontologists reveal all! Meet the 'vores: carnivores, piscivores, herbivores, insectivores, "trashivores," "sunivores," and omnivores like us. Readers will be surprised and inspired to learn about all the crazy stuff dinos ate and they'll get insights into how scientists can tell which dinosaurs ate what just from looking at fossils! Journey through artist and author Hannah Bonner's whimsical world to learn how the dinosaurs and their contemporaries bit, chewed, and soaked up their food.

Begins October 29
Ends November 19 @ 12:01 a.m. ET
Open to USA addresses only
a Rafflecopter giveaway 
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own alone and I was not compensated.


  1. This is published by National Geographic children's bokks (that says alot)
    The book is intended for ages 7 – 12
    The author set out to write a book about the ‘vores’ and she has succeeded admirably'
    This book looks amazing and would be so well recived by the grandchildren!

  2. Wow, The national Geographic is packed full of info, from Halloween hangouts to National Parks. Great intersting site that will keep the kids busy!

  3. I would like to win this terrific book for my granddaughter -- should would love it.

  4. The link to their twitter account does not work. I found it under @NGKidsBks

  5. They have so many activities to do. There seems to be an end less supply. They also have so many videos for the children to actually see the animals they are talking about.

  6. 1. Hannah has illustrated cookie packages.
    2. She grew up on the Spanish island of Mallorca
    3. She did over two hundred illustrations for the Scholastic Science Dictionary

  7. 1. Hannah Bonner is an illustrator and also a writer of non-fiction.
    2. She grew up on the Spanish island of Mallorca, in an American household.
    3. When sh was in high school, her father wrote a book about the plants of Mallorca, and she did pen-and-ink drawings to go with it.

  8. 1. I like the articles based on the WEIRD BUT TRUE! TV SERIES.
    2. The Spooky Pics are really incredible!

  9. What fun book titles! When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth is a great title. It's really neat that Hannah grew up in Mallorca, it must have been a great childhood. I also like how she combined her love of biology and art into one career. :)

  10. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday last week on!

  11. I like the general topic on her website. The board game Evolve or Perish looked pretty neat and loving the dinosaurs.

  12. My grand kids would like the Wacky Weekend post with the cute baby animals. They would also like the games offered on the site.


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