Top critical review
Enjoyable, but skimpy on details and not entirely up to date
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2020
I like the illustrations and the chapter tabs (on the right side of each page). The chapters are pretty good, but the introductions to each chapter titled "What are ____?" are very sparse on details or explanations.
Since the book has no list of references, other than photos, it would be nice if more historical detail and brief descriptions of how these details have changed would be welcome.
For example, there is currently a debate about how scientists classify dinosaurs, which rates a single sentence at the end of page 162. Likewise, the 'largest dinosaur' debate rages on and has been fueled by some recent fossils unearthed in Argentina.
The section on Titanosaurs on pp. 162-163 definitely need rewriting. There needs to be a picture of the giant scale model of Patagotitan Mayorum constructed in the Chubut province of Patagonia in this section as well.
Furthermore, important information, like the process of how scientists estimate the size and weight of dinosaurs from fossil remains is never mentioned. This process is important and is constantly being reevaluated.
Ditto for the process of dating fossils, which is missing although it too is a very debatable topic that is constantly undergoing revision. The sections in the introduction, "All about fossils" and "A look at size', need to address these.
So overall a decent visual representation of the subject, but not for inquisitive kids in their tweens.
I am confident many readers could find better detail by just doing google searches on many of the sections.
I never saw the first edition of this book so I don't know what was 'updated' but I think DK could have done a better job of locating facts that have been available online since 2014.