Synopses & Reviews
Wally was planning to do his science project on his pet iguana. But just as he was getting started, he made a major discovery sure to rock the scientific community. He saw a dinosaur. Not a fossil, but a real dinosaur, right outside his bedroom window.
Dinosaurs are alive and living among us. In fact, they are right in Wally's backyard!
With the aid of stunning eyewitness accounts, The Extinct Files: My Science Project details the habitat, diet, grooming, health and fitness, communication and recreation of the contemporary dinosaurs, and much more. Wally has done his homework and it shows. His project follows tried-and-true scientific methodology and contains page after page of photographic evidence. But his shocking conclusion shows that today's dinos guard their privacy fiercely.
"This undercover investigation, which begins as research for a science project on iguanas and winds up as alleged evidence that dinosaurs are alive and well, is both amusing and engaging. Edwards (Alphabeasts), otherwise known as 'Wally,' collects the 'scientific data' in pages designed to resemble a boy's simple notebook, fashioned from corrugated paper strung together with yarn. Even the narrator's 'apparatus' list of a pencil, sketchpad and other tools reveals a back-to-basics approach to proving his theorem. Each page details discoveries and observations penned in a mock-serious voice. 'Many dinosaurs especially enjoy meeting in cafs to discuss movies, music, art and crushing things,' reads the text opposite a pseudo-photo of teatotaling dinos labelled 'T. Rex? (or Tea Wrecks?).' Facing pages include a composite of watercolor-and colored pencil renderings peppered with brief notes, puns and humorous asides (next to a father-son dino photo, Wally has jotted, 'This baby is going to need one big diaper!').With so much prehistoric proof, even skeptics may have a change of heart by story's end. Regardless of readers' beliefs about dinosaurs' existence, this title will appeal to everyone from CSI fansto those who simply enjoy a good read. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Read with caution, and warn young dinophiles to do the same." Kirkus Reviews
"The combination of childlike imagination and humor makes for a dino-mite presentation....It's clever, funny, creative, and well conceived." School Library Journal
About the Author
Wallace Edwards, winner of the Governor General's Award for Alphabeasts, is a commissioned artist and a freelance illustrator for books and magazines. Monkey Business is his second picture book. Wallace lives near Kingston, Ontario, with his partner, Katie.