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I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Monday, April 9, 2012

91. Stegosaurus: Armored Defender by Kathryn Clay

Stegosaurus: Armored Defender by Kathryn Clay. Illustrated by Jason Dove (US) - (Canada)
First Graphics series

Pages: 24
Ages: 5-8
Finished: Mar. 21, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Capstone Press
Genre: children, easy reader, graphic novel, non-fiction, dinosaurs
Rating: 2.5/5


First sentence: "Something large moves through the trees."

Publisher's Summary: "Swoosh! Strong stegosaurus swings its tail like a club at its enemy. With bony plates on its back and a spiky tail, this big beast knows how to defend itself. Learn more about this armored dinosaur in Stegosaurus: Armored Defender."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: I enjoy this publisher.

Basic easy reader focusing on what we know about how the Stegosaurus lived. Wonderful quality realistic illustrations are delightful and add understanding to the factual text. A simple graphic interface with four frames per two page spread, narrative text between frames, and since this is a factual book without talking animals there are no speech bubbles within the book at all, making it a mix between a picture book and a graphic novel. The detail in this book is quite basic and easy to understand. Not as in depth and detailed as I've found in the other non-fiction titles I've read in the "First Graphics" series. The reading level is at the higher end of the given spread (K-3) and because of the specific topic does contain a few harder words but this would also be perfect for little ones who are reading ahead of age level.  Not exactly "fascinating" but little dinosaur fans should enjoy.

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