When Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth, and Bugs Began to Swarm: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life Long Before Dinosaurs
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When Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth, and Bugs Began to Swarm: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life Long Before Dinosaurs

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Take a fun, fact-filled trip back to Earth as it was 430 million years ago. Then, watch as continents drift and oceans take shape. Watch out (!) as fish get toothier, plants stretch skywards and bugs get bigger. Soon fish get feet and four-legged creatures stalk the planet. Here's the story of Earth in conversational text, informative illustrations, and humorous cartoons....more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Kevin Barker
This book really gave me more information about the Devonian period for my research project.
The Styling Librarian
When Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth, and Bugs Began to Swarm – A Cartoon Prehistory of Life Long Before Dinosaurs by Hannah Bonner – Non-Fiction, 3rd grade and up – Brilliant non-fiction book from 2007 that leads you through the Devonian and Silurian time period reviewing all fascinating information about life during this time from plants to jawless fish to the evolution of them… this book is fascinating. Highly recommended.
I have mixed feelings about this book. There is a ton of information presented about the Silurian and Devonian periods. I haven't done a lot of searching, but the author says that there aren't other books like this available in the juvenile section. That seems important to note. There's plenty out there about the periods of time that include dinosaurs, but this one seems unique. I loved reading this abbreviated information (nice not to have to wade through too many details) and I learned a lot e...more
A fun, concise history of the Silurian and Devonian eras presented in a child-friendly way. My only concern is the dated illustrations/art style but I have faith that the information will be more important to those reading this for school or for fun.
Heather T.
Awesome book. There is a lot of scientific detail packed into a little space. The illustrations and other graphics are outstanding, and really help support the reader's understanding of the text while being kid-oriented (that is to say, a little silly). In particular, I like that the illustrations show places children may be familiar with (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Greenland) as they were millions of years ago, in order to show how the landscape has changed. The Appendix timeline is very helpful...more
Kam-Yung Soh
Fascinating children's book about the Silurian and Devonian periods, when life just beginning to colonise the land.

Written in a easy to follow style without too much information and with nice illustrations, the books gives an easy introduction to this prehistoric period of history, showing the various types of animals and plants that inhabit the earth at the time and the adaptations they underwent in order to colonise the land and to compete for space and food.

Adults and children should enjoy th...more
Kate Walker
Excellent book! National Geographic presents this incredibly interesting story of life before dinosaurs; from the emergence of life underwater to the first plant life on land. The evolution of fish to four footed amphibians unfolds in a series of wonderful cartoon illustrations by Hannah Bonner. The text is quite detailed, but never dry. This is ostensibly a book for children, but adults are sure to find the biology illuminating. I plan to search out the sequel to this book: When Bugs Were Big,...more
Jordan Lee
Take a trip nack 430 million years ago for this journey telling the tale of how animals and the earth has changed over time. This fun fact filled book gives great detail into how the earth and the plants and animals that inhabit it have changed. I think that students would love this book for it's awesome pictures and the way the author makes learning about the far past interesting. Instead of boring textbook reading a student could pick up this book and find out all sorts of facts about life bef...more
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Abby Johnson
Full of interesting facts and funny little cartoons, this book examines life way before the dinosaurs. Hannah Bonner presents the Silurian and Devonian periods in accessible terms and with appealing and informative illustrations. Hand this one to any kid interested in dinosaurs. It's a cool way to find out what was there before the dinosaurs were a twinkle in evolution's eye.

(Especially cool to me was seeing pictures of how the continents were arranged... before Pangea!)
Nov 10, 2011 Teri rated it 3 of 5 stars
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nice supplement to learning about fish--lays out fish in the evolution of life--REALLY nice to read before a trip to the dinosaur museum at Thanksgiving Point since they have a lot of these kinds of "fish" on display.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Not quite as good as her earlier book, but still gets the information across in a way kids will enjoy.
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