The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins
Children's Book Author Barbara Kerley
Illustrated by Brian Selznick
Published by Scholastic Press
Once almost no one knew what a dinosaur looked like. Then an amazing artist introduced dinosaurs to the world.
Caldecott Honor Book
New York Times bestseller
NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book
Best Book Award -- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
Gold Award winner -- The National Parenting Publications Awards
Reading Magic Award -- Parenting Magazine
Best Children's Books -- Publisher's Weekly
Book Sense Book of the Year nominee
Garden State (NJ) Book Award
Los Angeles 100 Best Books -- IRA/Los Angeles USD Library Services
Nominated for Young Reader awards in TX, KY, OK, RI, LA, and CO
Translated into Japanese and Korean
"Kerley's spirited text and Selznick's dramatic paintings bring Hawkins's efforts into clear focus.... Painstakingly researched, written and illustrated with careful attention to detail, this book presents the fervor and spirit of a dedicated, little-known individual whose conceptions...astounded the minds and stirred the imaginations of scientists then involved in the actual birth of paleontology. A distinguished book in every way."
School Library Journal
"What a marvelous pairing: the life of the nineteenth-century British dinosaur maven Waterhouse Hawkins and Selznick's richly evocative, Victorian inspired paintings.... Although many of Hawkins' dinosaur models are now known to be inaccurate, the passion of his life and his single-minded pursuit of it rings loud and clear. Appealing on many levels, this will be a favorite dinosaur book for years to come."
Booklist, starred review
"One look at this amazing-but-true picture book introducing the little-known artist Hawkins and his dreams of dinosaurs, and kids may well forget about Jurassic Park.... [Kerley] suffuses her text with a contagious sense of wonder and amazement. Selznick enthusiastically joins the excitement with his intricate compositions.... Extensive author and illustrator notes denote the extensive (and fun) research both undertook for this extraordinary volume."
Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Who could resist? Staring straight out from the handsome album-like cover is a slight man with a shock of white hair and an intense, intelligent gaze. Over his shoulder looms the enormous mouth of a dinosaur. This is perfectly designed to pique reader's curiosity with one of the strangest true stories dinosaur lovers will ever read. The man is Waterhouse Hawkins, who, in Victorian England, devoted his life to making ordinary people aware of dinosaurs at a time when most had never heard of them and could not imagine what they looked like.... Stunning."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Make history buffs of your junior dinophiles with this story." Working Mother Magazine
"This is a dinosaur book unlike any other.... Whimsical...brilliant...elegant."
"This is a great addition to any personal or school library." Spectrum Magazine
"Marvelous." New York Times
"Done with uncommon flair." San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the season's best offerings." The Leaven
"This is by far the best dinosaur book -- EVER!" Louisville Parent
"Exhilarating." Mahoning Valley Parent
"Excellent." Kansas City Star
"Enduring appeal." Orlando Sentinel
"Exciting." Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Spirited." Big Apple Parent
"Visually stunning." Berkeley Parents' Press
"Breathtaking." Bothell Northshore Citizen
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