Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: The Late Jurassic by Juan Carlos Alonso & Gregory S. Paul


ABOUT THE BOOK

Through detailed illustrations and descriptive narrative, readers will experience a thrilling, thoroughly enjoyable ride through the most popular time period of prehistory.

What would it be like to see a living, breathing dinosaur? Following in the footsteps of Ancient Earth Journal: The Early Cretaceous, this next installment, The Late Jurassic, will take readers further back in time to a period when giants ruled the land and early mammals began to secure their place alongside the dinosaurs. The Late Jurassic period was home to many species of our favorite dinosaurs, such as Apatosaurus (or Brontosaurus), Allosaurus, and Stegosaurus, to name a few. The Late Jurassic includes the latest paleontological findings to build an accurate depiction of the dinosaurs, environment, and wildlife of the period. Due to the abundance of fossils available for both plants and animals of this period, the book paints a vivid, realistic picture of the flora and fauna of the time, with more emphasis on hunting and defensive tactics, as well as early mammals and their role in the planet's evolution, for a thrilling, thoroughly enjoyable ride through the most popular time period of prehistory. Written and illustrated in the style of a naturalist's notebook, the reader is given a first-hand account of what it would be like to stand alongside some of the largest creatures to ever walk the earth.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


About Juan Carlos Alonso
I am a graphic designer, creative director and illustrator living in Miami, Florida. Way back in 1992, I founded Alonso & Company, a creative boutique specializing in branding, design and advertising. I have been fortunate enough to work with clients of all sizes from Fortune 500 to local and have forged strong relationships with companies including the NBA franchise The Miami Heat, Bacardi Rum, Ryder System, Pitney Bowes and Capitol Records, to name a few.

I have always had a passion for nature. It has taken me around the world from Australia to the Galapagos Islands where I have been able to experience wildlife first hand.


REVIEW

Wow! What a fascinating book.  If you have a dinosaur lover in your house I highly recommend running out and buying this book.  Not only is the book very informative while still being child appropriate, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. Alonso has done an amazing job of creating lifelike illustrations of the different dinosaurs while sharing little snippets of information about what makes each of the included dinosaurs unique.  Most of the dinosaurs that are included have a four-page spread that gives basic information about the dinosaur (Location observed, family, length, height, weight, temperament) as well as an illustration comparing the size of the dinosaur to a human being.  The third and fourth pages give additional interesting facts about the animal.  Even skeletons of a few animals are included to highlight specific features that made the different species unique.  A fabulously delicious book for those young dinosaur lovers in your life.

Accolades for Ancient Earth Journal: The Late Jurassic (9781633221086 HC, September 2016)

  • “The Late Jurassic was a time when dinosaurs were at their peak weirdness, and it looks like you've done a great job of covering their vast diversity. The detailed anatomical close-ups really help drive home the link between form and function. Kudos on another awesome contribution!”—Jordan Mallon, Ph.D., Research scientist, Paleobiology, Canadian Museum of Nature
  • “Beautifully detailed and realistically colored line illustrations gave me a vivid feel for what the creatures of the Jurassic world looked like. Add an enlightening and educational narrative with each animal and I was drawn right into how life was so many millions of years ago. Both alien and yet naturalistic, Juan Carlos Alonso and Gregory Paul's prehistoric animals in “The Late Jurassic” are amazing.” —Mike Fredericks, Prehistoric Times magazine
  •  “Your new book on the Late Jurassic in the Ancient Journal series is a splendid follow up to your previous book on the Early Cretaceous. Both you and Gregory Paul are to be complimented and commended for the brilliant artistic and scientifically accurate presentation of the subject.” —Sylvia Czerkas, Author and Director, The Dinosaur Museum, Utah
  • “The artwork is fantastic...really impressive work.” —Christopher N. Jass, Ph.D., Curator, Quaternary Paleontology, Royal Alberta Museum, Canada



1 comment:

  1. I'm fascinated by the way artists deal with nonfiction dinosaur illustrations. On the one hand, no one is exactly sure what dinosaurs looked like, but on the other hand there are a few clues (feathers...colors). So what's an artist to do? Stay within the known parameters, I guess, and then let fancy fly. I love this color illustration!

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