Can you fathom a time when almost no one in the world knew what a dinosaur looked like? That was true in the mid-nineteenth century, until Victorian artist Waterhouse Hawkins built the first life-size models of dinosaurs, first in his native England and later in New York City, and dazzled the world with his awe-inspiring creations.<br /> <br /> With impeccable attention to detail, Barbara Kerley unearths a story of consuming passion, triumph, loss, and courage–and ultimately, of an extraordinary legacy that lives on today. Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick celebrates this complex and fascinating individual through luminous, soul-stirring paintings that form a visual masterpiece.
Barbara Kerley was born in Washington, D.C. and has lived in many places, including Nepal and the tropical island of Guam. She has written about almost everything: 19th C iguanodons, Teddy Roosevelt, world peace, Mark Twain’s donkey, and the pleasure of following your curiosity.
<b>Brian Selznick</b> is the author and illustrator of the bestselling <i>The Invention of Hugo Cabret, </i> which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including <i>Frindle</i> and <i>Lunch Money</i> by Andrew Clements, as well as the <i>Doll People</i> trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and <i>The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins</i> by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.