Published by Candlewick
Summary: Twenty poems are illustrated with oversized paintings of a variety of prehistoric creatures from the trilobite (“So many of you./So long ago./So much above you./Little below.”) to Tyrannosaurus Rex. (You thought/(if you could think)/you’d live forever./The great T. rex/would never die!/But even kings/are vanquished/when stars fall/from the sky.”). Early mammals like the smilodon (a.k.a. Saber-tooth tiger) and mammoth are included. Each illustration is labeled with the geological period when that animal lived. Back matter includes a note from the author and information about the animals that inspired the poems. 48 pages; ages 3-8.
Pros: Dinosaur fans will love the giant (and appropriately ferocious) illustrations as well as the brief, funny poems.
Cons: Additional scientific information on each page would have made some of the poems more understandable.