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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Alex and the Dinosaur Prints is a work of creative non-fiction in the nature, history, and educational sub-genres, and was penned by author Alex Mika. Written for young independent readers, this highly engaging book takes us on a journey to discover not only some fascinating facts about dinosaurs but also a tender tale of the author, who grows up adoring them and passes an infectious curiosity and passion for asking questions onto their readership. Packed with cute cartoon illustrations, real photographs from the author’s life, and plenty of strikingly formatted sections filled with musings, factoids, and creative interludes, this is an eclectic and highly enjoyable work that kids are sure to love.
Author Alex Mika captures a spirit for conveying non-fiction which I haven’t seen the like of since the glory days of Terry Deary and the Horrible Histories series. For one, the work is meticulously presented with eye-catching text and sub-sections to keep the journey fresh and interesting, shifting topics and adding splashes of excitement and imagination where needed to stop the factual material from getting too dry. Add to this the author’s witty narrative style, and the fact that they afford young people a certain intelligence and humor without spoon-feeding or talking down to them, and you have a book that not only entertains but will be sure to elevate their knowledge and passion to find out more about whatever interests them in life. Overall, I would highly recommend Alex and the Dinosaur Prints for young readers to pick up again and again.