Seriously Seeking Sauropods: Where's the Dinosaur? by Keith Moseley
"HURRY!" GRANDPA CALLED AS HE FILLED A BALLOON WITH SUPPLIES.
"WE'RE HEADING FOR A REMOTE ISLAND," GRANDPA EXPLAINED TO GEORGE. "THERE
ARE RUMORS THAT THERE ARE DINOSAURS STILL LIVING THERE.
OF COURSE, RUMORS ARE ONE THING AND FACTS ARE ANOTHER."
George, the dragon-spotting hero of Keith Moseley's Where's the Dragon?, is off this time in a hot-air balloon expedition with his grandfather and adventurous pup Meg to a swampy little island complete with its own volcano, strewn with large rocks, and dotted with murky ponds which look like a great habitat for the object of their search.
But Grandfather is the stereotypical Victorian scientist, determined to separate fact from fiction. "Seeing is believing" is his style, but as he peers through his spyglass and studies the ground with his Sherlock-style glass, he obviously can't see the forest for the trees--in this case the many varieties of dinosaurs and fossils that are concealed in the landscape. One illustration shows Grandfather, in his gaiters, vest, and top hat, clambering to the top of a tall "tree" (obviously the scaly leg of a gigantic sauropod), and surveying the surrounding area, not from the crown of a tree as he believes, but from the horned crown of the dinosaur himself.
"NOT A DINOSAUR TO BE SEEN!" HE PROCLAIMS.
Young readers will giggle at Grandfather's pompous conclusion that their tip was naught but rumor, as they spot the many equally amused dinos "hiding" on each page, in Keith Moseley's just published Where's the Dinosaur? (Sterling, 2012). Lavishly illustrated, with the concealed dinosaurs embossed on each page for visual or tactile discovery, this picture book invites kids to count all the dinosaurs that George and Grandfather miss, with the correct number "concealed" in the opening illustration. With humorous but minimal text, this engaging book invites young eyes and fingers to make their own discoveries.