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How to Keep Dinosaurs

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  142 ratings  ·  23 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
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Hardcover, 96 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (first published September 29th 1983)
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Kathryn
Jul 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those wishing to own dinosaurs :-)
Shelves: 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
Rhica
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
SUPER FUNNY. A total gem. If I could have a dino, this is my go-to book to pick one.
Evan
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and (tangentially) educational, with plenty of beautiful pictures.
Herman Diaz
Aug 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Good idea, bad execution ( https://www.amazon.com/review/R1BRQGI... ): 1/5

I was originally planning on reviewing Mash's "How to Keep Dinosaurs" (henceforth HK) the way I usually review bad dino books. However, I then remembered that Naish's HK review is so perfect (especially when it comes to criticizing Pixel-shack's digital paleoart: https://web.archive.org/web/201305210... ) that I can't possibly top it, so I won't even try. Instead, in this review, I'll point you to Naish's HK review & add m
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Bfox
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, prehistory
A further attraction of the dinosaurs is that, in these conservation-conscious days, the keeping of rare or threatened species is rightly frowned upon: no such qualms can hinder the dinosaur-keeper, who deals only with animals that are already extinct.

So goes Robert Mash, in a subtle break of character, just after the opening of his book, How to Keep Dinosaurs. A parody of both overly in-depth pet-keeping manuals and all-too-often cheesy and formulaic popular nonfiction on dinosaurs, How to Keep
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Claudie
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Une merveille d'humour et d'érudition ! (par un zoologiste d'Oxford)
Quoi de mieux pour un livre jeunesse que le mélange des dinosaures et d'un certain humour anglais?
Bah, rien.
Five stars rating, go ahead, dudes !
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Samuel
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you love dinosaurs and imagine a world in which they were still alive and lived alongside humans, this book is for you. Presented as a serious guidebook in the vein of a pet or domesticated animal guide, How to Keep Dinosaurs details multiple different species and how they should be cared for. Some dinosaurs are strictly house pets, like the tiny Microraptor or bone-headed Stegoceras, and some are cow-like ranging animals, like Plateosaurus or Iguanodon. Dinosaurs are presented as having many ...more
Harris
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I remember flipping through this book some years ago at a Barnes and Noble and, recently being reminded of its existence, checked it out from the library. It is quite an entertaining read, with its realistic depictions of dinosaurs and other prehistoric lifeforms coexisting with humans in the modern world. The art, computer generated, in spite of being more than a decade old now, holds up surprisingly well, at this book would probably be greatly appreciated by kids and adults alike who might be ...more
Mizumi
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, in-dutch
[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
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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
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Ross
Jan 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Alex
Jun 12, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  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
Fox
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
This is a thoroughly cute book about what is needed to become a dinosaur owner. It's a cautionary tale of sorts, complete with beautiful artwork and a very dry sense of humor. I think children would respond to it fairly well, especially if they are of a paleontological bend.

I just wish there were more feathers on the dinosaurs, and that some of them were rendered a bit more closely to what we now know they looked like...
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Lisa
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Hilary
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
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...) ...more
James Beech
Nov 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! Well thought out and very funny. Could the author please do another for prehistoric mammals maybe...or mythological creatures?
Neil
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour, science
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.
Beth
Mar 25, 2015 added it
Cuter in concept than in execution, but my little guy loves the pics.
Lavinia
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
clever humor
Kate Hastings
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Joseph
Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Is it possible to keep dinos?
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