Everything Awesome about Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts! (Everything Awesome)

by Mike Lowery (Author) Mike Lowery (Illustrator)

Everything Awesome about Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts! (Everything Awesome)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
From the creative brain of Mike Lowery, discover the ULTIMATE book about all things prehistoric! Featuring fun facts, dinosaur jokes, comics, timelines, and more!The Boys' Book of Survival meets Dav Pilkey with a prehistoric twist, in this definitive, go-to book about everything AWESOME you EVER wanted to know about dinosaurs. Discover a wealth of weird, wacky, and wild facts about dinosaurs, told in Mike Lowery's signature comic style with bright and energetic artwork, fresh framing devices, and hilarious jokes. This will be the go-to book for dinosaur enthusiasts that kids will put in their backpacks and obsess over, bridging the gap between encyclopedic nonfiction content and lighter picture book fare, filling the need with a one-stop shop for the legions of 6-9 year olds who want to know absolutely everything there is to know about dinosaurs.Discover the must-have book for dinosaur enthusiasts, a madcap field guide full of facts and humor, and learn everything you ever wanted to know about prehistoric beasts!

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Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review

* Lowery sandwiches a populous parade of very simply drawn dinos between a history of prehistory and a roundup of diverse topics, from what paleontologists do to sets of dinosaur jokes and A Few Kinda Weird (and Unlikely!) Dino Extinction Theories... dinosaurs hold the spotlight, flying and marine reptiles, early mammals, and other fabulous early fauna take such frequent star turns that along with infobites galore, readers will come away with a fairly sound understanding of just how dinosaurs fit into the whole history of life on this planet....A manic but solid series kickoff. 


[Lowery] does a fantastic job of balancing out the plethora of facts with a wonderful sense of humor...The bright, cartoonish illustrations and often hand-lettered text are perfectly suited to the writing's irreverent tone, which makes absorbing the facts a breeze. 

School Library Journal

Gr 2-5--Playful, humorous, and enthusiastic, the text and illustrations introduce prehistoric eras and creatures with an emphasis on dinosaurs. The conversational text goes above and beyond to engage the reader and goes hand in hand with the simple, bright, cartoonish illustrations. Lowery even hand-drew most of the lettering, with only the fast facts in typeset. This introduction to eras includes time lines, geology, plant and animal life, and insights into evolutionary thought. Lowery uses humor to make facts memorable. Despite the fun elements, there is a lack of documentation (footnotes or source notes) for internal quotes. While the book does have a bibliography of primary sources, it is notably brief. Appended is a how-to-draw dinosaur section that children will be tempted to draw in, and a pictoral dinosaur guide by period. VERDICT Not recommended, due to the lack of thorough documentation.--Nancy Call, formerly at Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Each page is jammed full of fun facts, jokes about dinosaurs, and graphic illustrations. Even the most diehard dinosaur expert will learn something new in this book... this book will be popular for the simple fact that it is just plain fun to read. — School Library Connection

Mike Lowery
Mike Lowery is a New York Times bestselling illustrator who has worked on dozens of award-winning books for kids, including The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School, Mac B., Kid Spy by Mac Barnett, How to Be a T. Rex, and many others. He's also written several books, including the Doodle Adventures series of graphic novels for kids and Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know, which collects his drawings of super-weird and totally true facts. Visit him online at mikelowery.com.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Orchard Books
Publication date
October 20, 2019
Everything Awesome
BISAC categories
JNF003050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JNF028020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Humor | Jokes & Riddles
JNF028010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Humor | Comic Strips & Cartoons
Library of Congress categories
Animals, Fossil

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