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It seems like every kid goes through a dinosaur phase and there’s good reason. Dinosaurs are amazing creatures made almost mythic because we can’t see them for real. This makes them the perfect creatures for a child’s fertile imagination. Dinosaur Art: The World’s Greatest Paleoart will appeal to these kids with beautiful illustrations that are equalling engaging for older kids or adults.
The book is a collection of art from ten modern paleoartists whose work will be familiar to paleontology fans. Each artist has own section in the book that starts with a description of who he is, his background, and his prior works. The pages following are his interpretations of not just dinosaurs, but their whole prehistoric world.
It’s a bit like getting ten separate books compiled into one beautiful hardcover volume. Each artist has a distinct style so although their illustrations are consistent with current paleontological beliefs, they still look entirely unique to each artist.
There may be bright, digitally painted dinosaurs on one page and black and white pencil sketches on the next. The contrast from artist to artist and medium to medium makes flipping each page a surprise. Along with descriptions of each image and a bit of background on its creation, there are also artist interviews to add context to their works.
Those with an interest in dinosaurs and prehistoric life will find Dinosaur Art: The World’s Greatest Paleoart ($34.95) a joy, seeing something new and beautiful on every page. This truly was created for, and by, those who’ve never left that dinosaur phase of their lives.
I received this book for review purposes.