The Children’s Book Review | July 5, 2018
Written by Saskia Lacey
Illustrated by Sernur Isik
Age Range: 7 and up
Hardback: 40 pages
Publisher: Walter Foster, JR
What to expect: Literary classics, dinosaurs, interactive elements
Jurassic Classics is back with masters of literature – dinosaur style!
Join everyone’s favorite dinosaurs as they walk you through some of the world’s most famous works of British and American literature. Begin with William Shakespeareasaurus and read about his life and highlights of his famous works, including dino-sized versions of his famous quotes: “But soft! There squats my fairest maiden!” Children and adults will giggle at the silly dinosaur versions of famous people, and everyone will enjoy the tiny books attached to each famous dinosaur section. Inside each book is a shortened, toothfully funny version of the writer’s most famous work. Some other authors include Edgar Allan Terrordactyl and Jane Austenlovenator. After each dinosaur section, there is a brief but informative review of the real author and his or her work.
This reptilian first taste of literary classics is an excellent way to introduce these important works to elementary-aged children. Boys and girls will love flipping through the pages of the tiny books within the book, and everyone will love the sweet and friendly dinosaurs playing people. Saskia Lacey has a gift for turning epic works of literature in to kid-friendly stories. Adults can’t help but laugh as they read the thoroughly condensed versions of serious works of fiction. Sernur Isik’s whimsical illustrations will draw in even reluctant readers. After all, who doesn’t love a silly dinosaur, especially in a waistcoat or pearls? His renderings of the actual authors are spot on and rather funny (just check out Mark Twain’s frowning visage).
An excellent entrée in to serious works of fiction, THE PREHISTORIC MASTERS OF LITERATURE will delight and engage children. Highly recommended.
About the Author
A beautiful storyteller, Saskia Lacey is an educational children’s author with an extensive teaching background. Lacey has developed engaging children’s stories and projects for a variety of publishers and illustrators.
Jurassic Classics: The Prehistoric Masters of Literature, written by Saskia Lacey and illustrated by Sernur Isik, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like Jurassic Classics: The Prehistoric Masters of Literature by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Classics, Dinosaurs, Humorous Books, and Jurassic Classics.
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