Friday, July 4, 2014

Book Review: "Dinotopia: First Flight" by James Gurney

I was given an advance copy of "Dinotopia: First Flight 20th Anniversary edition" by James Gurney through for me to be able to review it.  My copy was an ebook version, which caused some problems in the viewing of the pictures, but there won't be that problem in the actual print book.

I have heard of the Dinotopia books before, but haven't read any of them since they came out after I was out of college.  "First Flight" starts with Will Denison reading the "Scroll" that tells the story of Gideon Altaire and then proceeds to tell the story of how the first flight came about and ending with Will finishing reading the scroll.  I thought the story was good and my 8 year old daughter really enjoyed the book as well.  It was an interesting idea having humans and dinosaurs alongside modern mechanical machines.  The pictures were big and colorful and helped to bring the world of Dinotopia to life.

The Bonus features include a complete story that tells of Blake Terrapin and his fight for Waterfall City alongside Nina Griggs and Toby Ostrander.  There were more in depth descriptions of the major empires of Dinotopia, locations, animals, important human characters, and vehicles and tech.  There are also many pages of concept art and story boards.

"Dinotopia: First Flight 20th Anniversary edition" by James Gurney is available in hardcover edition.

  • Age Range: 10 and up 
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Calla Editions; 20th Anniversary Edition edition (April 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606600575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606600573
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.7 x 0.7 inches

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