Synopses & Reviews
Acclaimed author/illustrator Jessie Hartland presents the fascinating 145-million-year journey of a dinsoaur: a Diplodocus longus, from its discovery in 1923 in Utah to its arrival in the hallowed halls of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
"An efficient and entertaining mix of science, history, and humor, Hartland's follow-up to How the Sphinx Got to the Museum (2010) turns a young museum-goer's question 'So, how did the dinosaur actually get to the museum?' into a multilayered explanation. As in the previous book, Hartland combines a 'House That Jack Built' structure with playful typography and her always appealing naÃ¯f aesthetic. Based on the true backstory of an 87-foot dinosaur skeleton on exhibit at the Smithsonian, Hartland's story begins with the drowning of an unlucky diplodocus. A bone catches the eye of a grizzled dinosaur hunter 145 million years later, setting in motion a fascinating chain of tasks that gets the fossil ready for its big museum unveiling. Readers meet paleontologists, excavators, preparators, riggers, and welders, with each profession getting an evocative typographic nameplate to heighten the cumulative fun ('Dinosaur Hunter' is in a Wild West typeface, while 'Welders' looks like it's cut from steel). Hartland's spreads are impressively and often humorously detailed from the tools and plans on the workroom walls to the Fig Newtons on the curator's desk. Ages 6 up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Jessie Hartland is an illustrator, cartoonist, artist, packaging designer, and window display designer with a worldwide clientele. She is the author and illustrator of Clementine in the City and the illustrator of Messing Around on the Monkey Bars, The Perfect Puppy for Me and Drawing with Scissors. She lives with her family in New York City and Bellport, Long Island. The author lives in New York, NY.