With state-of-the-art, digitally modeled images, fantastic photos of fossils, and up-to-date scientific interpretations, "Bizarre Dinosaurs" introduces dino-lovers to a group of very strange creatures indeed.
The cast of characters includes "Masiakasaurus, " a fierce some beast whose mouth bristled with serrated, slightly hooked, forward-poking teeth; "Deinocheirus" with his ungainly long arms and huge triple claws; "Epedendrosaurus" with a tiny body and pinky fingers as long as his arms; and flat-faced "Dracorex hogwartsia, " the "dragon king of Hogwarts," named after Harry Potter's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Paleontologist Josh Smith uses clear and informed text to tell kids what we know and what we are still guessing about this collection of odd-looking monsters, including how scientists think they used their individual bizarre characteristics. In his introduction, life-long dinosaur enthusiast John Updike gives young readers a new perspective on the sheer weirdness of dinosaurs by turning our relationship with them on its head: "How weird might a human body look to dinosaurs?" he asks. "That thin and featherless skin, that dish-flat face, that limp upright stance, those feeble, clawless five digits at the end of each limb, that ghastly utter lack of a tailugh. Whatever did this creature do to earn his place in the sun, a well-armored, nicely specialized dino might ask.
About the Author
Christopher Sloan is Senior Editor for Art at "National Geographic magazine, where he guides the work of artists on projects ranging from dinosaurs to the frontiers of space. He is also the magazine's specialist for paleobiology. Sloan is the author of several children's books.
James Clark earned a B.S. and an M.S. degree from the University of Southern California. He is currently a professor of business in the Business Department at Pasadena City College, where he formerly served as division dean for seventeen years. Before joining the Pasadena City College staff, he was an assistant professor at California State University, Los Angeles, and a teacher at Burbank and La Puente high schools. He has also taught part-time in the extension programs at UCLA and USC.
Besides holding memberships and offices in professional organiza-tions such as the California Business Education Association, the National Business Education Association, Delta Pi Epsilon, and The Association for Business Communication, James Clark has conducted a number of communication seminars for business organizations and associations; namely, the Culinary Union, the American Right of Way Association, Caltrans, the Canadian Right of Way Association, the Los Angeles Executive Training Program, and several large legal firms. He has also authored several articles on business communication.
James Clark's most recent writing endeavors are two coauthored projects: HOW9: A Handbook for Office Workers, 9e, and PoWER, Professional Writer's Electronic Resource published by South-Western College Publishing. Other published college texts include Clarks' Online Reference Manual (South-Western College Publishing); A Handbook for Business Professionals, (Wadsworth Publishing Company); Language and Word Processing Applications (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill); Universal Transcription (PWS-KENT Publishing Company); and College Business Machines (Gregg/McGraw-Hill).