Sunday, December 28, 2014

Review for Behold! The Dinosaurs by Dustin Harbin

Behold, the Dinosaurs!: Leporello
Behold, The Dinosaurs! (Leporello) by Dustin Harbin
Nobrow Press
November 11th, 2014
ISBN-10: 1907704949
ISBN-13: 978-1907704949
Ages 6-12 years old
20 Pages

 Leporello Comic   Animals    Fossils

Can you name 101 dinosaurs off the top of your head? How about the longest? Dustin Harbin revisits some of the most awe-inspiring dinosaurs to roam the earth in the Leporello format, a simple but beautifully illustrated infographic book that unravels 6.5 feet long. Dinosaurs who lived in the Paleozoic to the Mesozoic eras are shown. The dinosaur’s names, length, period, order or group it lived in, and location around the globe is listed in boxes by the dinosaurs. The illustrations also show some of the dinosaurs who were around first and how they evolved over time.

Though this isn’t a story filled with text, it is a visual story that children who love dinosaurs are going to enjoy as they scour each illustration for dinosaurs they know, and learn about dinosaurs they don’t. The author didn’t cover every single dinosaur that existed in the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras, but he did cover a healthy portion of well known and unknown dinosaurs to delight the reader. The only quibble is the description boxes for each dinosaur. At times there were a little cluster of both dinosaurs and boxes and it was hard to tell which description belonged to which dinosaur, a line from the box to the dinosaur would have clarified that, otherwise this infographic book is a true treat for children and adults who love to learn about dinosaurs.

Dustin Harbin is a cartoonist who lives in North Carolina. He is well known in the alternative comics scene for his Diary Comics published by Koyama Press. His favorite dinosaur is—of course—the Stegosaurus.


  1. This was a good review. I didn't realize there were so many dinosaurs. I'm sure kids will love this book, especially the way you've described it unraveling into one long inforgraphic.

  2. Thanks, Elizabeth. The book could be used as a poster too. It's really neat for children who love dinosaurs.