Dining With Dinosaurs

Dining with Dinosaurs, A Tasty Guide to Mesozoic Munching

Dinos cover smallDining with Dinosaurs takes you on a tour of who ate whom (and what) in the Mesozoic. You will learn all about the ancient food web, from enormous long-neck herbivores to teensy blood-drinking fleas. Along the way, you’ll encounter Spinosaurus on the search for fish, raptors hunting in packs, plants telling you how they eat sunlight, and scientists sharing their knowledge in comic-book style interviews. Get ready to be amused, surprised, and maybe even a bit grossed out when you learn what was on the prehistoric menu.

The book is intended for ages 7 – 12, and anyone else who likes their science delivered with lots of pictures and a sense of humor.

Praise for Dining with Dinosaurs:

“Five-star fare for librovores.”— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

(Read more at: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/hannah-bonner/dining-with-dinosaurs/)

“The author set out to write a book about the ‘vores’ and she has succeeded admirably. From the midnight snack on the front cover to the selected sources at the back, this junior reader is packed full of scientific fact; all presented in a fun and exciting manner.” – Dinosaurnews.org

Where to buy: from any on line bookstore, or at your local bookstore.

Book details:

Ages 7 – 12 (and anyone else who likes science delivered with lots of pictures and a sense of humor)
Hardcover
Published by National Geographic Children’s Books

Three books in one!

THREE BOOKS IN ONE! When Fish Got Feet, When Bugs Were Big and When Dinos Dawned, a Cartoon Prehistory of Life on Earth

3-in-1When Fish Got Feet, When Bugs Were Big and When Dinos Dawned consists of my three previous books for National Geographic Kids rolled into a single paperback volume.  I was delighted to have a chance to update some of the science (for instance the giant spider Megarachne turned out not to be a spider at all but a eurypterid, a kind of aquatic scorpion) and I also added ten new pages of activities and a new and improved family tree of the vertebrates.

When Fish Got Feet, When Bugs Were Big and When Dinos Dawned takes us from the Silurian Period, 440 million years ago, when the oceans were teeming with life but land was mostly barren, all the way to the early Mesozoic, when dinosaurs, mammals and much, much more put in their appearance.

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This book is for kids of all ages, from 7 to 107. It’s picture-based, of course, but it also packs in a whole lot of scientific information. So much, in fact, that Berkeley professor Cindy Looy assigns it as required reading to undergraduates taking her paleobotany course so they get an entertaining, visual overview of life on the planet prior to delving into more detailed scientific literature.

Praise for the When trilogy:

“Bonner is smashing. She has the hand of an artist, the mind of a scientist, and the humor of a stand-up comedienne.” – Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

“Every school and every family home with ‘smaller persons’ and those with an interest in science should have a copy of Hannah’s book on their shelves. If there is one book which makes earth science fun for youngsters or their teacher/parent presenters, this is it. Go and grab a copy on Amazon if it’s not already in your local bookstore.” — Roger Smith, Dinosaurnews.org

Where to buy: from any on line bookstore, or at your local bookstore.

Book details:
National Geographic Children’s Books
Ages 7 & up
August 2015 48 pages
ISBN 978-1426321047 Paperback

When Fish Got Feet, Sharks got Teeth, and Bugs Began to Swarm

3 WFGF cover(CONFUSION ALERT: The title of the three-in-one version of my When trilogy, When Fish Got Feet, When Bugs Were Big and When Dinos Dawned, includes the titles of all three individual books; as a result, if you type “When Fish Got Feet” into an on-line search, you will find both the stand-alone volume and the more recent three-in-one book. If what you want is the three-in-one, look for the yellow National Geographic border.)

Life before the dinosaurs doesn’t normally get much coverage, which isn’t really fair since the planet was already a happening place long before dinosaurs appeared on the scene. The solution? When Fish Got Feet, which tells the story of the our planet and the plants and animals that lived on it WAY before the dinosaurs – about 440 to 360 million years ago to be exact, during the Silurian and Devonian periods.

At the beginning of the book, the oceans are teeming with life, including big sea scorpions and crazy-looking jawless fish, but dry land is almost completely empty. We follow the evolution of plants as they gradually make the planet green and fertile (and cooler, because they soak up lots of CO2). Many invertebrates come onto land as well, and we also see how fish with jaws evolve and one group in particular develops legs and crawls out of the water to join the fun. These were the first tetrapods, or four-legged animals.

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Praise for When Fish Got Feet, Sharks got Teeth, and Bugs Began to Swarm:

“This exemplary science book will serve report writers well and captivate casual readers.” –School Library Journal (starred review)

“Bonner serves up a second heaping course of science that will both stick to the ribs and tickle them.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The science is first-rate… Equally effective are the multilayered cartoonlike illustrations containing cultural references for both adults and children. Most of the illustrations are not just funny but truly scientific, demonstrating the power of illustration to help make scientific ideas clearer through clever visual metaphors.” —Hornbook

Awards:
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

Book details:
National Geographic Children’s Books
Ages 7 & up
October 2007 48p.
Hardcover ISBN 9781426300783
Paperback ISBN: 97814263054673

When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth

4 WBWB portada.jpgWhen Bugs Were Big tells the story of life on our planet in the Carboniferous and Permian periods, the last two periods of the Paleozoic Era. You’ll be surprised to discover how many fascinating plants and animals preceded the much more famous dinosaurs of the Mesozoic, from giant insects flitting among the weird trees of the coal swamps in the Carboniferous to a huge array of mammal ancestors and dominated the landscape in the Permian. The book ends with the most devastating extinction ever: the end-Permian extinction, which set the stage for the next era, the Mesozoic.

NOTE: When Bugs Were Big is no longer in print, but used copies are available on line. Better yet, you can spring for When the one-volume version of the When trilogy, When Fish Got Feet, When Bugs Were Big and When Dinos Dawned, which includes several updates on the science and a bonus picture of the Tully Monster that was not in the original book. 4 Weatherreptile copy.jpg

Praise for When Bugs Were Big:

“Presented with verve and humor…Kids who dig dinosaurs will read the book purely for pleasure.” –Booklist (starred review)

“Bonner takes a lighthearted approach to a fascinating topic… The facts and the fun work well together, and it’s always clear which is which.” –School Library Journal (starred review)

“This is terrific. I think every paleontologist working on terrestrial organisms will want a copy. Maybe a lot of them. The reconstructions are great and would be wonderful to use in a college classroom.” –Bill DiMichele, Curator of Fossil Plants, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Awards:
Booklist’s Top 10 Science Books for Youth
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

Book details:
National Geographic Children’s Books

Ages 7 & up
March 2004 48p.
Hardcover ISBN 978-0792263265

When Dinos Dawned, Mammals Got Munched, and Pterosaurs Took Flight

5 WDD portadaIn When Dinos Dawned, Mammals Got Munched, and Pterosaurs took Flight, A Cartoon Prehistory of Life in the Triassic,  the survivors of the humongous end-Permian extinction evolve and diversify to fill every nook and cranny of the planet in a burst of evolutionary creativity. On land, forests of non-flowering plants reached new heights of diversity, insects evolved all sorts of techniques for eating the plants, and a host of odd archosaurs evolved, including the earliest dinosaurs. In the oceans, ichthyosaurs and other marine reptiles took center stage for the first time. Our shrew-like mammalian ancestors also emerged, fur and all (we think). The stage was set for the start of the true Age of Dinosaurs in the next period, the Jurassic.

 

Praise for When Dinos Dawned:

“Both casual and confirmed fans will devour this delicious blend of fact and foolery with relish.” –Kirkus (starred review)

“This book may attract a bigger readership than just dino-fanatics and goes deeper and broader in scope than a typical litany of dinosaur species. It is proof that complexity does not have to be boring.” –Booklist

“Bonner strikes again! This book tells the tale of life on Earth getting back on its feet after the biggest extinction ever. It’s a must for every paleo fan.” –Cindy Looy, assistant professor of integrative biology at the University of California Berkeley and curator at the University of California Museum of Paleontology

Book details:
National Geographic Children’s Books
Ages 7 & up
April 2012 48p
Hardcover ISBN 9781426308628