It’s been a long time since I posted any artwork. Classes, work, and MMA training have taken over 95% of my waking hours. But I come to you today with a question:
My little nephew is almost 3 and in a huge dinosaur phase. I’m absolutely thrilled about this, not only because I love them, too, but because they had such a huge impact on my imagination and love of the natural world and natural history when I was around his age. In fact, my love of dinosaurs is really what solidified art into my life - I was always drawing them! He is two and a half, and I don’t know if its just a phase or will last his life, but I want to share with him the excitement of learning about them.
So, my older sister and I are plotting to purchase him a dinosaur encyclopedia for christmas.
Although he is 2.5 right now, our intention is for when he gets older and can read. And in any event, even when I didn’t have the reading comprehension for some of the more informative literature on dinosaurs, I still poured over the images with enthusiasm! I feel very strongly that he should have an informative, illustrated, accurate encyclopedia - nothing too gimmicky or campy but enough to excite. Ideally, the illustrations would show feathery dinosaurs, or at least be as scientifically accurate as one could ask. After all, you wouldn’t let your child read a book that promoted spontaneous generation as a legitimate phenomenon. Why would I want him to have a book with out-of-date illustrations?
To get to the point: Do any of you, my followers, have any suggestions to point us in the right direction? I’m looking at Dinosaurs: A Visual Encyclopedia from DK, and although I’m hesitant about the lack of feathering, the typesetting and layout of the books is beautiful and the illustrations and images are some of the better ones I’ve seen.
We’re looking at $30, maybe $40 max.