From Moa to Dinosaurs is a thoroughly good read, and would be an asset to any library. The cover, featuring two moa and a tuatara in a beautiful shore-scape setting, is attractive to the eye. There are 36 pages with 16 double-page spreads each covering a particular aspect of New Zealand’s ancient past. Throughout the book are small boxes of text, giving additional facts for readers who want to know more. A glossary and index are also included.
“Imagine we could travel back in time.” This is the introductory sentence followed by a short piece about what New Zealand might have looked like when the first Polynesian voyagers arrived. On the next double page spread, the way the physical shape of New Zealand has changed is cleverly illustrated through a timeline. The book covers the history of many species of birds and animals, many of which are now extinct. I particularly enjoyed the pages “all about moa”; who knew that there were nine different species?!
Ned Barraud’s illustrations are wonderful. The colours, tones and detail give an excellent picture of the way animal and plant life would have looked long ago. A very good read; recommended.
Title: From Moa to Dinosaurs: Explore and Discover Ancient New Zealand
Author: Gillian Candler
Illustrator: Ned Barraud
Publisher: Potton & Burton
Date of Publication: September 2016
Reviewer: Vickie Humpries
School: Mount Cook School