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Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara (Dinotopia)

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Critics have gushed over Gurney's phantasmagorical creation, likening him to such venerated literary fantasists as Jules Verne, Wells, and J. R. R. Tolkien." -People magazine

The fourth book in James Gurney's best-selling Dinotopia series transports readers to an enthralling world of art, science, exploration, and invention, where humans and dinosaurs live peacefully togeth
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Alec Longstreth
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With this fourth installment, the series is redeemed! I'm going to get rid of my copy of "First Flight" and treat Dinotopia, The World Beneath and Journey to Chandara as an unblemished trilogy. Once again I was floored by Gurney's beautiful illustrations, and the world building that he did in the first two books remains intact here. So many wonderful drawings, maps, diagrams and characters to enjoy.
Drew Graham
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: me
The Dinotopia saga continues in this third book of the (so far) trilogy. Arthur Denison's travels and study of the land apart from time leads him to the eastern city of Chandara, by special permission and invitation of Emperor Hugo Khan.

Every time I finish one of these books I discover the existence of a sequel! It's kind of amazing how that keeps happening. I fully expect to learn there's a fourth any day now. Anyway, this was a nice chapter in the Dinotopia story. I think I liked it better tha
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book brought the point home to me how important it is to travel. Further, to travel not to just see new places but to meet people and grow in an understanding of each other. In each place Denison visited, he stayed for some time getting to know the culture, the people, the climate of a place. To travel at an unhurried pace, not worrying how fast it is taking to move from point A to point B, is the ideal way to travel.
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
I thought I'd read this before, but after getting it for Christmas and reading it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was all new to me. I enjoyed another interesting look at one of my favorite fictional countries.
Nick Frost
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stranger In A Strange Land meets Dinotopia. Set in Arabia.

Read for the first time as an adult. I liked it.
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After a book that didn't live up to expectations, and a book that was an utter failure, Gurney has finally gotten back to the magic that defined the first Dinotopia.

First of all, let's talk about the art. I mentioned in my review of the last book, Dinotopia: First Flight, that I felt bad giving it one star because Gurney's art is always so good. While that's still true, the difference in quality between the art in that book, and the art in this one, is definitely noticeable to me now. The paint
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Books like these are always so difficult to review - on one hand, without childhood nostalgia, the story itself shows ... age, to put it mildly; awkward pacing, cardboard character arcs, etc. On the other hand - gosh dang is that art as breathtaking as it's ever been with the lighting, the constant ability to hint at worlds beyond, at "dissecting" marvelous worldbuilding for us to see.... Gurney is a master of the arts who clearly delights in sharing his imagination with us - kind, earnest, with ...more
Linda in Utopia
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Most epic and wonderful picture book ever! The new edition is great, with lots of background information about Gurney's work in progress. All the effort that man puts into one image... just incredible.
Great book for everyone who loves Dinosaurs!
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have loved Dinotopia since they came out. Being fascinated with dinosaurs from a young age, these books still make me happy. The artwork and descriptions of the lifestyles and languages are beautiful and fascinating.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Отличная детская книга, иллюстрации выше всяких похвал.

Но русский перевод так себе, переврали названия почти всех динозавров.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
When I found out about this third installment to the main Dinotopia line-up, I was very excited. I love the first two books and was sure I would love this one as well. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. I'm not sure what happened to the author between writing this book and the other two, but it felt as if Dinotopia was a very different place than I remember. It was steeped in politics that had no place before. The illustrations are as wonderful as always, but I was not impressed with the st ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After First Flight, I was worried that this book would not live up to the first two - but it did, and all is well again.
Gurney returns to everything I loved about the first book: It is once again written as a travel journal, and instead of an action-packed story we get an amazing journey through an imaginary world. There are incredibly creative details of everyday life, multiple settings born from the mixing of cultures and natural backgrounds, and, obviously, gorgeous illustrations. I especial
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
A collection of gorgeous oil paintings that are indisputably tantamount with many notorious works that hold dominion within the world's art galleries.

Gurney's Journey to Chandara (as well as the other Dinotopia books) works as an ambassador for fantasy/sci-fi into the field of realist oil paintings of the Romantic tradition, and deserves its place amongst the world's great artworks. The subtle inclusion of a saurian characters amongst oldworld landscapes and ancient architectures is breathtakin
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
While not quite as whimsical or compelling as the first two installments in the series -- and, granted, I read those at a very malleable and formative age, so OF COURSE they'd be more important to me and leave a bigger impact -- Gurney's world-building, cultural diversity, and artwork remains stunning. Perhaps my fave moment was the meeting of Emperor Hugo Khan, a most unexpected fellow. Pleased as punch to have finally gotten my hands on this and rounded out my Dinotopia collection; while I nev ...more
Apr 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the Dinotopia series & dinosaurs!
"And so, Dear Reader, I bring to a close this brief record of my recent rambles. These words and sketches are mere glimpses of the wonders I have beheld. They are like the wayward leaf or feather delivered by the wind and captured between the pages of time. Until the day that you can join me here, keep them as evidence of things not seen."

Another chapter of the epic & amazing story that is "Dinotopia". James Gurney has a way to snare the imagination of the young & old.

i was so happy to s
Finally! This volume followed the original book's journal format. I was pleased that the series ended that way. I enjoyed that far better than the third person narrative. The art was incredible as always. I didn't find the plot to be anything special, but I had fun seeing all of the dinosaurs. I think this book has boosted Gurney to becoming one of my favourite artists, along with Yoshitaka Amano and Diego Velasquez. As far as I'm concerned, this series is done because Gurney's art is more than ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think that this is my favorite of the Dinotopia series. The first book is requisite, of course, but this one seems to have the most to offer. James Gurney created Dinotopia and wrote the four large books bursting with gorgeous art. This is the 4th and final of his Dinotopia books and it is the most exquisite art along with the most interesting storyline. Arthur and Bix move across the land of Dinotopia to the neighboring Chandra which is more or less sealed off from the rest of Dinotopia. To g ...more
Clifford Young
Oct 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
A wonderful story with highly imaginative illustrations. I was fortunate to meet James Gurney when he kicked off his book tour in Rhinebeck, NY, where he lives. He's sort of a gentle soul with a huge imagination. He drew dinosaur pictures for the kids, talked about his development as an artist, showed some large versions of his paintings. He signed my book with a little dinosaur figure. He's going to be driving around the country until mid-December (unfortunately not in Texas) so see if you can ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
You just can't beat the first one for art, story, characters, creativity and general dinosaur-ness, but I did like this better than I did the first time I read it. And it DOES have some really nice art and some really nice dinosaurs. The story is basically just a flimsy excuse to show different places around Dinotopia, but since the art is the primary point of it anyway I don't really mind. But even the art is kind of a step down, I think, from the first book and overall it just doesn't have tha ...more
Alix Amnamare
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite of Gurney's Dinotopia books, and I love the others quite a bit. We explore parts of Dinotopia we haven't seen before, meeting new dinosaurs and seeing new places, and the book is full of the rich paintings every reader of Dinotopia loves.

If I had a gripe, and it's a minor one, I can't make heads or tails of the in-text route, and looking at the map included only makes the itinerary worse. But that's minor, and the book is so fun and full of wonder that it really doesn
Douglas Summers-Stay
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love Gurney's paintings. Most are a little less finished here than in the first book, but they don't suffer for it. I like the distant views of ancient cities, but the close up portraits are also a big reason I like these books so much. I noticed him winking at famous artists-- one of his portraits is clearly wearing the same costume as some of Bouguereau's waifs. His artifacts and maps are also fun to study.
Jen Pritchard
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Wouldn't it be great if the world was like Dinotopia - where people and animals live in perfect harmony helping and learning from each other and respecting the wonders of the environment.
This book is not my favourite of the series, but I still enjoyed it. I particularly love the tranquility and beauty of the windmill village. The structure at Bilgewater is also pretty cool. Although Treetown will always be my favourite Dinotopian village.

Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who likes fantasy books
I received this book as a present for my birthday. I read it some years ago and I liked it so much I wrote 2-3 school essays about it. The author has such a great imagination and the paintings featured in the book are absolutely stunning. It's amazing how the places and people are described and the action is pretty intriguing too.
Overall, the book was mind-boggling. I recommend it to everyone who likes fantasy stories.
miha ha
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ta mi je bla pa spet bolj všeč.
Krasna mesta, sploh una vas z mlinom na veter v skorej kitajskih pečinah - tok dobr naslikan.

Najbolš mi je pa blo ko sploh nism pričakvou da bo cesar Hugo Khan dinozaver, sem mislu da bo nek starejši gospod, v dolgi beli okrašeni halji... sploh pa nisem prčakvou da bo to mali 4 krilati microraptor, ampak je tok taprav za cesarja!

Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Fails to capture any originality of the original Dinotopia. The paintings are still gorgeous, of course, but the narrative is rote and the creativity behind the world-building is all but absent here. A few new locations and cultures provide nothing more than a new paint job. Are there only stories involving skybax and Crabbe in Dinotopia?
Serge Pierro
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, graphic-novels
Once again, James Gurney delivers a tome with wonderful paintings throughout. Unfortunately, the "story" itself is weak, and at this point I'd rather see the paintings put out as an art collection with captions. Some of the paintings are less rendered than others, but the ones that are fully rendered are spectacular! I'd give the story, one star, and the art, five stars.
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-lit
This book was one of my sons' Christmas gifts. Ever since finishing the first one in October, he had been bugging me for the second one! This time, I had the self discipline to keep this one wrapped till Christmas! LOL!! It was devoured very quickly and was just as loved as the first one. Now I'm being bugged to purchase the third one in the series!!
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
The art is really beautiful and imaginative. Was a bit uneven. Some boring ideas explored too much, other interesting ideas too little. Still, it is a fun world, and a good series (what I've read).
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This book was a delight. It made me smile and laugh. I enjoyed looking at all the detailed illustrations even turning back pages to check for details mentioned in the story. This book kept me enthralled and I'm glad I read it.
Oct 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
I bought this the second I saw it in the book store, although I hadn't really looked at the first two in a while, all of my favorite things from the Dinotopia world came back. It's too bad they made that really bad movie...It had such potential for something really great.
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Born June 14, 1958 in Glendale, California. Raised in Palo Alto, the youngest of five children of Joanna and Robert Gurney (a mechanical engineer). Earned a B.A. in Anthropology in 1979 with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of California at Berkeley. Studied painting at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,California, where he met his wife Jeanette. In 1984 they moved to the Hudso ...more
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