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Reviewed Titles
Smithsonian Little Explorer


by Joe Levit
Illustrated by Jon Hughes

Deinonychus used blade-like teeth and deadly slckle claws to take down large dinosaurs. Readers learn about these feathered predators from engaging text and bold illustrations reviewed by Smithsonian experts.

PublisherCapstone Press
BrandSmithsonian Little Explorer
Age Level4-7 Years
Reading LevelGrades 1-3
Trim Size7 3/4 x 8 3/4
Page Count32



School Library Connection - Cristina Elopre Vera, Library Science Graduate Student, Old Dominion University,

"STARRED REVIEW! Future paleontologists and dinosaur lovers will enjoy learning about dinosaurs with this captivating and informative series." - School Library Connection

November 1, 2015

School Library Journal - Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR

"These dinosaur profiles cover key information at a good level for middle elementary readers. Text flows nicely, with simple vocabulary and age-appropriate analogies. . . .The dinosaurs featured here are covered in most series, but these are solid additions in an always popular subject area." - School Library Journal

September 1, 2014

Science & Children, NSTA - Sally Bell

"This is an extraordinary book that can be read for fun as well as research for the little paleontologist who wants to know more." - Science & Children, NSTA

April 1, 2015

Joe Levit

Joe Levit

Joe Levit is a media producer and writer in the exhibition department at the American Museum of Natural History. In addition to producing films and developing media interactives, Joe writes children's books about science and sports. He has written books and articles for a number of national outlets, including National Geographic Kids, Scholastic, Pearson, Capstone, Lerner, A-Z Science, and Sports Illustrated Kids. Joe has also written scripts for YouTube channels such as SciShow Kids, as well as blog posts for Kids Discover. He enjoys rooftop gardening with his wife Preethi and son Druv in New York City.

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