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How to Keep Dinosaurs

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  88 ratings  ·  14 reviews
(Burst) Now—escaped form the juvenile catalog and running wild with adults!

It’s funny, it’s fun—an irrestible “spoof”!

With tongue planted firmly in cheek, this “dino owner’s manual” amusingly explains what every human must know before adopting a new saurus. Find out what should go into the basic toolkit (a stout shovel is helpful and so are reinforced gauntlets); which spe
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (first published September 29th 1983)
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Sep 16, 2008 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those wishing to own dinosaurs :-)
Overall, I thought this was a delightful book! When I first started reading it, I would have given it five stars because I think it is SUCH a cute and creative idea, well put-together and engaging for children and adults alike! -- I know when I was little, I would have loved to know how to raise a triceratops! :-) Mash has a (to me!) hilarious sense of humor--very British-y and charming. It really does read like one of those "So You Want to Become a Cat Owner" -type books, telling you about diff ...more
SUPER FUNNY. A total gem. If I could have a dino, this is my go-to book to pick one.
[Review based on the Dutch edition]

This is such a fun book to read and to browse through. It's simply what it says on the package: a book on how to keep dinosaurs, and it keeps up this idea of dinosaurs being alive and kept as pets or in the zoo the whole book, even in the final list of what dinosaurs have been found where (as a list of 'you can buy this dinosaur in this country'). A lot of the dinosaurs discussed are illustrated in CG, often photoshopped in their 'natural' environments (such as
Kevin de Ataíde
It's funny alright, but it tries too hard and the humour is sometimes sophomoric.

Interesting paleontological fantasy, wherein dinosaur 'facts' are presented in the manner of books on keeping pet animals, supported throughout with modified pictures showing dinosaurs in domestic and other settings. However, it's very difficult to find the facts if you haven't read a few books already. If you were a dinosaur enthusiast as a child, however, or still manage to be a dinosaur enthusiast as an adult or
This is the perfect book for customers who want photographs of "real" dinosaurs (but not photos of the geological record). Humorous yet informative. The "photographs" of "live" dinosaurs are terrific! (I am especially fond of the picture of a dinosaur checking out the contents of a refrigerator in search of a midnight snack...)
A childhood favourite of mine, as I got older I loved discovering additional layers of humour in there as well. A reminder of happy times.
Jan 02, 2008 Ross rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of british humour / people who need cool coffee table books
A resource of inestimable value for anyone thinking about getting a pet dinosaur for themselves or their children.

Clear, conscise language carefully explains the daily care and management of dinosaurs from the friendliest herbivore to the rowdiest of carnivores. Reader-friendly icons quickly alert the reader / dinosaur-owner to the proper diet and habitat for their pet as well as to how well the particular dinosaur will interact with their children and other pets. Many full color photographs il
Mar 25, 2015 Beth added it
Cuter in concept than in execution, but my little guy loves the pics.
Jun 12, 2007 Alex rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who was fascinated with dinosaurs in their youth
I used this as fluff reading before bed. It straddles the line between amusing and factual... the information is laid out in such a way that you have to believe it's as true to life as we can be sure of, considering the extinct nature of dinosaurs, but the idea of keeping dinosaurs as pets, and the subsequent hints for their care, kept a certain "what if?" spark in my mind. The illustrations were also entertaining, especially the full-page plates for some dinos. Hardly an essential read, but a w ...more
This is a hilarious parody on how to select, train, and breed dinosaurs (but it's not a children's book). The author is a zoologist and the forward is by famed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. I ordered it from the library to see if it would be a good gift for my 2.5 year old nephew who loves dinosaurs. The language/writing is very advanced (college level) but my nephew is going to love the illustrations of dinosaurs with collars & leashes in typical "house pet" scenes.
Kate Hastings
A great book for dinosaur fans... learn interesting facts as you see what it would be like to feed and house these critters today. Funny pics.
Jamez Beech
I loved it! Well thought out and very funny. Could the author please do another for prehistoric mammals maybe...or mythological creatures?
This book is so GREAT, with lots of humor. Everyone in the world should read this. I love it!
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