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 Mega-predators of the past
 Author: Stewart, Melissa

 Publisher:  Peachtree (2022)

 Dewey: 567
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 26 x 29 cm

 BTSB No: 854285 ISBN: 9781682631096
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Prehistoric animals

Price: $22.58

Enormous and fierce, these little-known predators from prehistoric times rival the mightiest of the dinosaurs!

 Illustrator: Gray, Howard
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: .5   Quiz: 522029

   Kirkus Reviews (09/01/22)
   School Library Journal (10/28/22)
   Booklist (09/15/22)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/15/2022 The phrase prehistoric predator may conjure up images of a Tyrannosaurus rex or other toothy relatives, but there are countless lesser-known specimens to discover. Stewart eschews the usual parade of dinosaurs, turning the spotlight on some equally impressive, though less notorious, creatures. Some of the names alone are enough to frighten: giant ripper lizards and 10-foot-tall terror birds stalk the pages. Many of the animals look eerily close to current-day predators but with supersized dimensions. There are arm-length scorpions, snakes large enough to swallow crocodiles, and sharks longer than railroad cars. Each spread includes a chatty introduction, a condensed list of quick specs (size, location, year of discovery), and a humorous size comparison that often shows a to-scale human running away from or cowering next to the predator in question. The handsome, lifelike illustrations are chock full of action and expression, freezing the predators at their most dramatic moments. “Face the facts, friends . . . dinosaurs are overexposed and overrated,” Stewart cheekily declares, and she makes a seriously impressive—and hilarious—case. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 10/28/2022 Gr 2–5—Stewart's book challenges readers to think beyond the dinosaurs when considering the topic of prehistoric mega-predators from land, sea, and air. In an enthusiastic and sometimes teasing tone, she speaks directly to readers, using action and alliteration to give this the pace of a sports highlight reel! Each predator is given a two-page spread, complete with a "Mega-Fact File" (scientific name, size, weight, when and where it was discovered and how long ago it lived) and a box comparing the size of the predator to humans, as well as more modern creature readers may be familiar with. In a fun twist, the humans in the diagrams are often shown cowering or fleeing from the predator being compared. The author is fair and forthcoming when there are questions about how featured mega-predators behaved, using open-ended language rather than absolutes. Gray's illustrations are bright, realistic, and free of gore despite the sometimes vividly described hunting techniques. Author and illustrator notes give age-appropriate explanations on the research; the back matter also includes sources and suggestions for further reading. VERDICT An ideal book on an evergreen topic, this is fun, casual reading for those looking to expand their knowledge of prehistoric creatures.—Heather Webb - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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