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‘Dinosaurs: A Smithsonian Coloring Book’ – Advance Softcover Review

There is a first time for everything, and this is my first time reviewing a coloring book. Not just any coloring book, but possibly the most legitimate and cool coloring book I have ever seen. Two words: dinosaurs and learning. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex (according to their website), so who better to make educational coloring books?

The art in this book is beautiful and detailed, providing action shots of the dinosaurs mixed with more artsy ones. Before each page of dino art is a full breakdown of the dinosaur type and classification, including pronunciation, height, diet, key traits, and more. It is thoroughly awesome. I myself am a dinosaur lover, and I didn’t know some of the types in the book. The back of the book says it’s for all ages, but with the complexity of the illustrations and vocabulary used, I would have to disagree. While it is aspirational to give little ones books that are too advanced for them (and healthy!), I don’t think a child under the age of 7 could enjoy this solo. That’s not to say that a three-year-old won’t enjoy scribbling on the pages, but if you’re thinking of holiday gift ideas, I’d say stick to the age range I proposed.
    
This was a fun and very educational coloring book. I want one now. This is a must buy for any dinosaur lover! Pick it up at your local comic book shop!

Creative Team:  Rachel Curtis (Art)
Publisher:  IDW Publishing
Click here to purchase.

H.E. Rogers, Fanbase Press Guest Contributor

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