March 23, 2016

Old-west dinosaur hunter

Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World
by Tracey Fern
pictures by Boris Kulikov

Anyone who has visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York City is familiar with the T-rex that graces the lobby. That magnificent skeleton and its companions were discovered by Barnum Brown back in the days when trains and horse-drawn wagons were in common use. Brown's interesting adventures form the basis of this attractive picture book. A bit of an eccentric - he sometimes went digging while suited up in a fur coat and bowler hat - Brown had a knack for sniffing out fossils. His larger-than-life spirit and style is ably captured in Kulikov's expressive and zany pictures. The cover is especially attractive to kids; it shows Barnum digging in the jaws of the T-rex.

Fun and informative.

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