Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time



In the year 1860, biologist and explorer Arthur Denison and his son, Will, set out on a sea voyage of discovery and adventure. When a powerful typhoon wrecks the ship in uncharted waters, Arthur and Will are the sole survivors. Washed ashore on a strange island called Dinotopia, they are amazed to find a breathtaking world where cities are built on waterfalls, people have found new ways to fly, and humans and dinosaurs live together in harmony. With new discoveries at every turn, Arthur and Will embark upon their own separate journeys to unearth the mysteries of Dinotopia. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)


I don’t normally review children’s book, but I was recently reminded of this story that I read with my dad growing up.  This is a “MUST READ” for all kids and particularly fans of dinosaurs as far as I’m concerned.  The art in this book is reason alone to pick it up (or any in the series).  The pictures were mesmerizing growing up and I remember often just staring through it.  The story is also wonderful and a great compliment. 

What makes this book particularly good, however, is that the story goes beyond an (acknowledged) somewhat unrealistic premise.  The story is full of the culture of “Dinotopia” as well as customs, language and architecture.  All in all, I believe this is a book that both children and adults will enjoy.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it?  All kids and fans of dinosaurs (of all ages!).