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Sep 20 2013

Robert Irwin: Dinosaur Hunter (series) by Jack Willis

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Random House, 2013.
Call of the Wild ISBN 9781742750934 (pbk) ISBN 9781742749594 (ebook)
Dino Champions ISBN 9781742750941(pbk) ISBN 9781742749600 (ebook)
Two more in this popular series about Robert Irwin, dinosaur hunter in which Robert and his mate Riley slip back in time for encounters with these fascinating creatures. In Call of the Wild, an overnight camping adventure turns into a date with a Muttaburrasaurus, while in Dino Champions they meet up with the 'gold-medal champions of prehistoric times'.
After a visit to Canberra's dinosaur museum, this series really took off with Miss 7 and she was taken on her own journey back in time, not just being entertained but also learning so much more about these creatures which seem to have universal appeal with this age group. The short chapters, accompanied by delightful illustrations and fact sheets, are just right for those who are newly independent readers, or are nearly there.
This series would sit very well alongside the 567.9 section of your collection offering the perfect bridge between the non-fiction and fiction. And the experience will be rich and rewarding because they will bring so much prior knowledge to the story and understand it that those who still think they can't read, will realise that they can!
Barbara Braxton

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