They may be prehistoric but they never get old…(a giveaway)

early cretaceous

What it would be like to see a living, breathing dinosaur? The Early Cretaceous brings readers close to prehistoric life. By combining the latest paleontological findings with highly detailed, intimate drawings of wildlife from the Early Cretaceous, readers  look into the eyes of some of the most fascinating creatures to ever inhabit the earth. Written and illustrated in the style of a naturalist’s notebook, it’s  a first-hand account of what it is like to stand alongside everything from the first birds to flying dinosaurs to some of the largest creatures ever to walk the earth. Discover how some dinosaurs survived polar blizzards, while others were able to pump blood five stories high to reach their brains.

The Early Cretaceous is backed by the research of one of paleontology’s most acclaimed theorists, giving the book the most up to date scientific interpretation regarding animal behaviors, interactions, and recreations.

“The illustrations and artistic layout are exceptionally beautiful. This is a book children will cherish, keep, and remember, and adults will be delighted to add to their collection.” – Sylvia Czerkas, Author and Director The Dinosaur Museum, Utah

Illustrator and co-author Juan Carlos Alonso says, “I have always had a passion for nature. It has taken me around the world from Australia to the Galapagos Islands where I have been able to experience wildlife first hand.”

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Tricia is the author of many books for middle grade, most recently "Every Single Second" (HarperCollins) and the third book in the Cody series, "Cody and the Rules of Life" (Candlewick Press). A frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, she lives in Cleveland OH. You can find out more about her and her work at
  1. This looks like a terrific book. And who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Thanks for a chance to win.

  2. I wonder which version of the Tyrannosaurus rex it is? Feathered or not. It seemed to be quite the debate in the scientific world

  3. I like the idea of a naturalist’s notebook complete with animal behaviors and interactions. Sounds unique and interesting. I am looking forward to seeing it.

  4. You had me at dinosaurs. RAWR!

  5. My 6 year adores dinisaurs.. we read about them all the time

  6. My students love dinosaurs! Most of the reptile basket in our classroom library is filled with dinosaur books.

  7. My 10 year old son still loves dinosaurs. I’d love to win for him!

  8. I have several students who would love this book!!

  9. This lovely book would be a nice mentor text for our writer notebooks. I can see the discussion and creativity now!

  10. This looks like something my dino-crazy students would love! It fits in with the field study books they make in science, too!

  11. This sounds fun. I like that it is written and drawn in the style of a naturalist’s notebook.