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The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

by Barbara Kerley

Other authors: Brian Selznick (Illustrator)

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A passionate artist, Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, was determined to show the world what dinosaurs looked like. Using discovered bones as his guide, he created life size figures. His dinosaurs were even put on display at the now destroyed Crystal Palace in England. Even with the obstacles he faced along the way, he brought dinosaurs to life for all to see. I had never heard of Waterhouse Hawkins before I read this story. The illustrations are rich, and the story is engaging. I loved the author and illustrator’s notes at the end that delved deeper into the historical and scientific information presented in the text. This book skillfully combines art, history, and science into an extremely captivating read. ( )
1 vote MegWilliams | Apr 30, 2019 |
4 STARS for the storytelling aspect, adding an extra star for the excellent author's and illustrator's notes.This book tells so much - an interesting story, about how to come back after a defeat, about a man with a vision and how statues come into being. I was fascinated by this whole story, especially so by the article at the end of the book which is well worth reading as an adult to find out more. Loved it! ( )
  noorkazmi | Jan 29, 2019 |
Waterhouse love drawing when he was a child he likes to draw the world around him when water house became young adults he found his true calling sculpting. you like to Scope animals plants. when he became adult he met a scientists. he was asked to make pictures of dinosaurs No one knew what dinosaurs even look like Waterhouse Hawkins Was looking at dinosaur bones to get a good idea what they look like.He created a picture of a dinosaur he decided to In put the bones together so he can show what dinosaurs look like. then he started to make sculptures of dinosaurs he got offered to teach about dinosaurs in the USA at New York he was offered to build a dinosaur museum he started on the sculptures until somebody broke into his workshop with a sledgehammer and destroy All of His dinosaur sculptures and bury them in a park he decided not to let that stop him. he finished the Dinosaur Museum then he went to dig up the dinosaurs parts ( )
  dorianm.b2 | Oct 31, 2018 |
Fine illustrations in a pretty world of Victorians and models of those newly discovered dinosaurs. A nice endpaper in which Hawkins is shown redrawing the dinosaurs as they are understood to have looked by modern paleontologists. This is not a story that is usually told, although I remember reading about the dinner in the dinosaur somewhere before. Good work! ( )
  themulhern | Oct 13, 2018 |
This is a biographical narrative nonfiction book about a person I had never heard of prior to this book, Waterhouse Hawkins. Mr. Hawkins was an artist who created the first dinosaur sculptures - ever - in the 1850s. He based his sculptures off the limited dinosaur bones that scientists had found and using existing knowledge about how other animals looked. They were put on display in the Crystal Palace in London where the display was wildly popular. He also created the first dinosaur skeleton. I learned a lot from this book and it's making me want to know more about Mr. Hawkins. I recommend it.
  BTPiglet | Jul 17, 2018 |
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"Can you fathom a time when almost no one in the world knew what a dinosaur looked like?" Barbara Kerley and Brian Selznick can--and it was a time when people used words like "fathom" a lot, about 150 years ago. This author-illustrator team became experts on the subject, delving deeply into the life of Victorian artist Waterhouse Hawkins, the first person to ever summon up, sketch, mold, and fabricate these ancient giants into full-size models.

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, presented in breathlessly earnest chapbook style ("A True Dinosaur Story in Three Ages"), follows the life of Hawkins from his early fossil studies to the first iguanodon that he extrapolates into existence for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The story then follows his subsequent victories and defeats at home and abroad: a triumphantly unorthodox New Year's Eve dinner party with the fathers of paleontology; the unveiling of Dinosaur Island; Boss Tweed's scuttling of a planned Paleozoic Museum in Central Park, and the destruction of years of Hawkins's work in the process.

And the story is all true, although this veracity does make the pacing a bit clunky in spots. Then again, Kerley and Selznick have researched their hero with meticulous care (check out the copious endnotes), so perhaps only Hawkins himself can be blamed for leading a life that didn't always progress in perfect dramatic form. Overshadowing the narrative, though, are Selznick's stately, ghostly illustrations--of towering megalosaurs and Hawkins shuffling about with cane and top hat--which more than make up the difference. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes

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The true story of Victorian artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, who built life-sized models of dinosaurs in the hope of educating the world about what these awe-inspiring ancient animals and what they were like.

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