Plesiosaur Peril

Daniel Loxton
Daniel Loxton, Jim W.W. Smith

In the Tales of Prehistoric Life series, award-winning author and illustrator Daniel Loxton uses stunningly realistic, state-of-the-art, computer-generated images to vividly re-create the undersea world of the Jurassic period. Featured here are creatures called plesiosaurs, marine reptiles distantly related to land-based dinosaurs. We follow the tale of a baby Cryptoclidus, a type of plesiosaur, whose curiosity about her new world in the ocean leads her to wander away from her mother and the rest of her protective pod. As the baby happily explores and plays, she is suddenly confronted by an enormous Liopleurodon, a predatory and much larger plesiosaur. In a highly dramatic scene, the baby, with the help of the rest of her pod, makes a narrow escape from becoming the Liopleurodon's dinner.

The exciting adventure story and high-impact digital illustrations, each covering a two-page spread, will captivate fans of prehistoric animals. But the book is also a terrific source of factual scientific information about the lives of plesiosaurs, their ocean habitat, the ocean's other inhabitants and the ways these creatures interacted with each other. As a special bonus, there is an information page describing these plesiosaurs at the back of the book. With its photo-realistic illustrations, this book would make an excellent resource for life science lessons on prehistoric animals and their environments, evolution and how modern scientists use their discoveries to make deductions about the animals of the distant past.

978-1-55453-633-7 | Mar 1, 2014
List Price: USD $16.95, CAD $16.95
4-color 8 1/2 x 11 32 pages
Grades: Pre-K To 2 / Ages: 4 to 7
978-1-77138-300-4 | Nov 13, 2014
List Price: USD $5.99, CAD $5.99

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Adult Directed

Awards & Reviews

“Loxton stirs current theories about plesiosaur behavior and physiology into his melodramatic episode, expanding on them in an informative afterword.”
— Kirkus Reviews, December 2013
“Loxton's detailed prose allows readers to discover the life of prehistoric creatures in an interesting and exciting way. He creates the perfect blend of scientific facts with child-friendly storytelling.”
— CM Magazine, June 2014
“Well-researched and attractive, this book is sure to appeal to young paleontologists.”
— Library Media Connection, October 2014
2014 - Lane Anderson Award, Fitzhenry Family Foundation, Short-listed

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