Saturday, 11 May 2013

Dinosaur Love

I have been after the Encyclopedia Prehistorica:  Dinosaurs book for a while and my gorgeous cousin bought it me for my birthday (thanks, Clark!xx) Quite honestly, it is even more magnificent than I'd imagined it to be: and I had HIGH expectations, being mad on all things dinosaur related. It's been put together by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart; Sabuda is famed for his pop-up and paper engineering work and this is a prime example of his incredible skill.

Each double page spread has one, main large pop-up beast scene, and then at least four smaller flaps which open up to reveal more text and pop-ups. It's a feat of engineering and design, with information compacted in every space, yet never does it feel cluttered or squashed in. There's information and trivia on the outer of the flaps as well as inside and they tuck neatly into secure cardboard corners to best preserve them from spilling out and being easily torn. And the colours used are just beautiful.

I took a few photos to try and show you how spectacular this book is, but it's best seen in person. If you like dinosaurs, or know anyone who does, I can assure you this is the perfect gift. I really want the Sharks volume in this series now!

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