Written by Daniel Loxton; illustrated by Daniel Loxton with Jim W.W. Smith
IN THIS SCIENCE-INFORMED FOLLOWUP to Ankylosaur Attack, (2012 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Winner for “Best Books for Kids & Teens”) Pterosaur Trouble (2013) is a dramatic paleofiction tale of perhaps the largest flying animal ever to exist—the mighty pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus. While stalking a riverside for breakfast, the giraffe-sized pterosaur finds himself on the menu for a pack of small but ravenous feathered Velociraptor-like dinosaurs called Saurornitholestes. Can the giant escape from his Lilliputian assailants?
Inspired by real-world fossil discoveries, this photorealistic adventure is Book 2 in the Kids Can Press series “Tales of Prehistoric Life” (followed by Book 3, Plesiosaur Peril).
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Editor: Valerie Wyatt
2014 Victoria Book Prizes Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize (Winner)
2013 Lane Anderson Award for best Canadian science book for young readers (Finalist)
2014 Rainforest of Reading, Ontario Library Association (Short-listed Finalist)
Pterosaur Trouble is available in a French-language translated paperback edition from Scholastic Canada, Ptérosaure en danger.
Praise for Pterosaur Trouble
Pterosaur Trouble is a terrific example of how to make a popular book on prehistoric animals both exciting and scientifically sound, an accolade that is all the more remarkable when you consider that a part of its targeted demographic is still learning to read.
—Mark Witton (author of Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy)
Tense narration…exquisite detail…remarkably real.