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School Library Journal - 04/01/2017 Gr 4–7—After an opening spread with a brief overview, graphic novel—style illustrations depict the experiences of a prehistoric creature as it tries to survive and thrive. Present-tense narration describes behavior, not emotion, avoiding personification. Sequential art conveys basic details and dramatic sequences effectively. Varied panel sizes and shifting perspectives help to pace the narrative and heighten dramatic moments, most of which are attacks and battles. Though not spectacular, the drawings provide enough visual information and action to engage interest. Each of the featured species interacts with several others during its adventures, so readers learn a bit about contemporaries and see them in action. The giant sloth's quest for food, for example, includes encounters with feeding saber-toothed cats and a pair of fighting doedicurus. Several of the books cover lesser-known animals (especially Dawn Horse, Giant Hunter, and Terminator Pig) and could fill subject gaps nicely. VERDICT Effective use of the graphic novel format makes this series a strong contender for middle schoolers. - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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