PLB 0-688-13683-4 Two children uncover a curved, saw-edged fossil and are instantaneously transformed into a living, breathing Tyrannosaurus rex. Transported back 65 million years, they enter the Cretaceous period. The story builds in intensity and tempo, as the carnivorous dinosaur sniffs the wind, seeking food. First it attacks the broad- beaked eaters by the river; then it charges out of a thicket to attack a three-horned dinosaur, ripping out its throat. The children in the tale return to the present, and wonder “Why did the dinosaurs die?” The author’s note contains scientific information about speculative theories on this subject. Rothman’s paintings are as graphic as Ryder’s prose: “You eat and eat, your belly swelling.” Readers are warned that they will learn “what it is like to be a killing machine and one of the largest meat-eating animals to have hunted on land,” and not all children will be ready for the gory conclusion. For readers already familiar with such realistic aspects of the dinosaurs’ lives, this volume is a must- have. (Fiction. 6-9)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-688-13682-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1999

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This vibrant, thoughtful book from Katz (Over the Moon, 1997) continues her tribute to her adopted daughter, Lena, born in Guatemala. Lena is “seven. I am the color of cinnamon. Mom says she could eat me up”; she learns during a painting lesson that to get the color brown, she will have to “mix red, yellow, black, and white paints.” They go for a walk to observe the many shades of brown: they see Sonia, who is the color of creamy peanut butter; Isabella, who is chocolate brown; Lucy, both peachy and tan; Jo-Jin, the color of honey; Kyle, “like leaves in fall”; Mr. Pellegrino, the color of pizza crust, golden brown. Lena realizes that every shade is beautiful, then mixes her paints accordingly for portraits of her friends—“The colors of us!” Bold illustrations celebrate diversity with a child’s open-hearted sensibility and a mother’s love. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-8050-5864-8

Page Count: 28

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1999

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The way-off-road vehicle (The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field, 1997, etc.) tours the ears, eyes, nose, and skin when the assistant principal, Mr. Wilde, accidentally shrinks the school bus and the children on board, commandeering it to deliver a message to Ms. Frizzle. The vehicle plunges into the eye of a police officer, where the students explore the pupil, the cornea, the retina, and the optic nerve leading to the brain. Then it’s on to other senses, via the ear of a small child, the nose of a dog, and the tongue of the Friz herself. Sidebars and captions add to the blizzard of information here; with a combination of plot, details, and jokes, the trip is anything but dull. The facts will certainly entice readers to learn more about the ways living creatures perceive the world. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: March 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-590-44697-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1999

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