Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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10.85 X 9.85 X 0.53 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Tracey Fern is the author of two other picture books, Buffalo Music and Pippo the Fool, both Junior Library Guild selections. She lives with her family in West Newton, Massachusetts, where she's always on the lookout for unusual rocks.

Boris Kulikov has illustrated many other books for children, including Max's Words by Kate Banks. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York, where he has not yet discovered any dinosaur bones.


"...playful and imaginative..." --BCCB

"T. rex lovers will gobble it up, and seekers of easy biographies will be hot on their heels." --School Library Journal, starred

"Tracey Fern ("Buffalo Music," "Pippo the Fool") turns a slice of a scientist's biography into an American adventure tale, describing how Brown and his rivals at other museums raced to find the best fossils and to discover new species." --New York Times

"...truly breathtaking. This will captivate the masses of kids whose jaws drop in the presence of hulking fossils." --Booklist, starred

"In this engaging picture-book biography, Tracey Fern and illustrator Boris Kulikov supply many distinctive details about Brown, including the spiffy wardrobe he favored and the dancing talents he would occasionally unleash." --The Washington Post

"...[an] informative, inspirational story of one man's curious, undeniable passion." --Horn Book

"Fern fills her text with all the salient facts but uses a breezy, humorous, awestruck voice that strikes just the right tone in telling the story of this fascinating, quirky scientist." --Kirkus, starred