Dinotopia: First Flight

by James Gurney

Other authorsJames Gurney (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1999



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Fic Gur




HarperCollins (1999), Edition: 1st, 60 pages


In "Dinotopia: First Flight, the third book in the best-selling Dinotopia series, we travel back to Dinotopia's ancient past, where the empire of Poseidos is about to use its robot technology to exterminate the peaceful dinosaurs of Dinotopia. Only Gideon Altaire, an orphan, can stop this evil plan--but first he must get out of Poseidos and win the trust of the dinosaurs.This action-packed addition to the Dinotopia series tells of a time in Dinotopia's past where humans and dinosaurs fought side by side to save their world from extinction. As an added bonus, the front cover opens up into a beautifully illustrated board game! Complete with game cards in the back, this book and board game offer hours of family entertainment.


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60 p.; 10.73 x 9.93 inches


0060280077 / 9780060280079



User reviews

LibraryThing member benuathanasia
Not as good as the other books, but it's a very interesting prequel.
LibraryThing member eheinlen
This book contained beautiful pictures and wonderful, engaging writing. I love the world of Dinotopia, so I very much enjoyed this book.
LibraryThing member jeremiah85
I really wanted to like this book more. I was enchanted by James Gurney's previous Dinotopia books but this book fails to live up to that standard. The art is excellent as usual, both colorful and detailed. The story is where this book falls flat, the plot is cliched and predictable. It loses the wonder of an exploration journal in its move to a more standard storytelling style and in so doing, I feel it just becomes a nicely illustrated boring story.

The plot expands on the Poseidian society of the ancient past that was introduced in The World Beneath and so if you would like to read more about how that society functioned this is a by the numbers story but is competently told, just don't expect anything groundbreaking.
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LibraryThing member themulhern
Interesting illustrations and extra material, but really poor story.




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