Written By: Lucy Brownridge

Illustrated by: Carnovsky

For Ages: 4 and up

Language: English

Topics Covered: Science, STEM, Dinosaurs, Botany, Ocean Creatures.

Summary: This book is RAD. Illumisaurus is an oversized book that takes the reader on a global tour of when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The illustrations are overlaid with each other, and each book has a set of plastic lenses that when peered through allow specific images to come through, filtering out others.

There are some “Species Guide” pages for each continent, and the reader learns all about the dinosaurs, plants, and ocean creatures that used to inhabit the land where there are now cities, towns, and fossil discovery sites are labeled on the continent maps! This book is really fun to sit down with, flip to a random page, and learn all about the creatures that I both love and have nightmares about. Something cool about this book is that it can be used for a variety of ages. Younger readers can look at the pictures and pick out familiar dinosaurs, and older readers can learn more in-depth with the pronunciation guides, fun descriptions of the plants and animals, and learn more about how the earth’s geography has shifted over millions of years.

I love the naturalist illustrations, they seem true to life instead of the more whimsical drawings we see in children’s books sometimes. This is for the serious dinosaur lover, of which I would count myself one. It’s easy to get sucked into the huge pages and colorful designs, which are really cool to look at even without the lens! This is the most recent of the “Illumi” series, and it’s worth getting excited about!

This book was generously sent by Quarto, but all opinions are my own! Illumisaurus is out today!

Lucy Brownridge

Lucy Brownridge is an author and editor of children’s books based in London. She writes books for children about history of art, history, animals and science. She has an MA in history of art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and a BA in history of art from the University of Bristol.


Milan-based design duo CARNOVSKY was started by Silvia Quintanilla and Francesco Rugi in 2007. They have gained wide recognition for their RGB project, first displayed in 2010. Their work has been published in magazines around the world, such as Vogue, Wired, Frame, Wallpaper, Elle Decor, and Whitewall. Their wallpaper ‘Jungla’ won the 2012 Wallpaper Magazine Design Award for Best Wallpaper.

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