The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins (Hardcover)

By Barbara Kerley, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)

Scholastic Press, 9780439114943, 48pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2001

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/1/2009)
Paperback (5/1/2011)

List Price: 19.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


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.
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.

About the Author

Barbara Kerley's award-winning biographies—including What to Do About Alice? and The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), both illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, and The Dinosaurs of WaterhouseHawkins and Walt Whitman: Words for America, both illustrated by Brian Selznick—are consistently praised for their lively prose, meticulous research, and artistic presentation style. Kerley lives in Portland, Oregon. You can visit her online at

In addition to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and The New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn’t traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

Distinctions and Praise for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins: (partial listing)

Caldecott Honor Book
ALA Notable Children’s Book NAPPA Gold Award Winner
Orbis Pictus Honor Book for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, 2001
CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children
New York Public Library - 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

* "One look at this amazing-but-true picture book introducing the little-known artist Hawkins and his dreams of dinosaurs, and kids may well forget about Jurassic Park." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Stunning." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Appealing on many levels, this will be a favorite dinosaur book for years to come." -- Booklist, starred review