Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled

Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled

How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Really Looked Like?

By Catherine Thimmesh

Harcourt Brace and Company, Hardcover, 9780547991344, 64pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

No human being has ever seen a triceratops or velociraptor or even the mighty "Tyrannosaurus rex." They left behind only their impressive bones. So how can scientists know what color dinosaurs were? Or if their flesh was scaly or feathered? Could that fierce "T.rex" have been born with spots?

In a first for young readers, the Sibert medalist Catherine Thimmesh introduces the incredible talents of the paleoartist, whose work reanimates gone-but-never-forgotten dinosaurs in giant full-color paintings that are as strikingly beautiful as they aim to be scientifically accurate, down to the smallest detail. Follow a paleoartist through the scientific process of ascertaining the appearance of various dinosaurs from millions of years ago to learn how science, art, and imagination combine to bring us face-to-face with the past.

About the Author
Catherine Thimmesh is the award-winning author of many books for children, including "Team Moon", winner of the Sibert Medal. Her books have received numerous starred reviews, appeared on best books lists, and won many awards, including the IRA Children's Book Award and Minnesota Book Award. She lives in Minnesota with her family. Visit her website at