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Mega-Predators of the Past

Mega-Predators of the Past

Current price: $17.99
Publication Date: November 8th, 2022
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Award-winning nonfiction author and science specialist Melissa Stewart offers young readers a mega-exploration of little-known prehistoric predators that rival even the mightiest of dinosaurs!

It is time for T. rex and his dinosaur cousins to step aside and let other mega-predators like the terror bird and the giant ripper lizard take the spotlight! Travel back to prehistoric times and meet some of the most impressive creatures to ever roam the Earth.

You'll be amazed at the size and the fierceness of these lesser-known predators, many of them ancient ancestors of animals that we still see today.

Stewart's cheeky, humorous voice—along with a comical version of the familiar "comparison man"—put these creatures in perspective. Artist and former zoologist Howard Gray brings these predators (back) to life with dynamic, humorous, and scientifically accurate illustrations.

Sidebars and extensive back matter material provide more detailed information and context.

About the Author

Melissa Stewart has written more than 180 science books for children. Her books have won numerous honors, including CCBC Choices, Bank Street Best Children's Books, NSTA Recommends, Green Earth Book, and Parents' Choice Recommended awards. She offers live and virtual school visits as well as programs for educators.

Growing up, Howard Gray was captivated by animals and nature, a fascination probably fueled by living in some interesting parts of the world as work took his parents from place to place. He holds a BSc in zoology and a PhD in Arabian bottlenose dolphin genetics. Howard has returned to his dream career: children's book illustration. He lives in England.

Praise for Mega-Predators of the Past

"The handsome, lifelike illustrations are chock full of action and expression. . . ."—Booklist

"An ideal book on an evergreen topic, this is fun, casual reading for those looking to expand their knowledge of prehistoric creatures."—School Library Journal

"A creature feature presented, and likely to be devoured, with relish."—Kirkus Reviews