The What's So special...? books are really easy to read and full of fascinating information. The text is in smaller chunks, and there are lots of images that school age children grasp easily. These books are excellent for dipping in to, and are great for reluctant readers.
Although words such as the dinosaur names are tricky, they are shown phonetically - for example Leaellynasaura (lee-EL-in-UH-sawr-ah - so any child (and their parents) can get it right, and then we learn all about that dinosaur.
The facts included are really interesting. Who found them, and where did they live? When did they live? What other dinosaurs were around at that time?
Of course the books also tell you the facts my 6 year old wanted to know most - what weapons did they have? How scary were they really? Could they run fast? And how big were they? This is shown by using comparisons children can understand. None of your 'half the size of an Aberdeen smokehouse', dinosaurs are shown next to a door and a bus, and a human.
We've had a lot of fun with these books, we've previously reviewed Stegosaurus and T-Rex, and Megalosaurus and Diplodocus.
The What's So Special About books have an accompanying free educational website which is crammed with dinosaur information, games and competitions designed to help children and parents expand their dinosaur knowledge. There is also a look behind the scenes at the making of the realistic illustrations in the books using 3D models. You can find the website at Special Dinosaurs.
The 32 page What’s so Special about...Dinosaurs? books are best suited to independent readers aged 6+, and available to buy now from all good bookshops in store and online, including Amazon, rrp £5.99 each. Excellent stockingfillers.
Nicky Dee has very kindly offered 2 books each for 2 of my readers as one of my Christmas Present Giveaways. Entry to the giveaway is by Gleam form below. This is a UK giveaway only, and will end at midnight Sunday 4th December. For full terms and conditions see the bottom of the Gleam form.
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What's So Special About....Dinosaurs Books Giveaway (2 Winners).