96 pages, 85 col photos
Light-hearted look at choosing, if they were around today (!), the perfect dinosaur pet. Hollywood and the media make believe that all dinosaurs are gigantic, hostile and untameable. In fact, there are, apparently, many species that make charming and even useful companions. From Compsognathus to Deinonychus this book advises you which dinosaur is right for you and your home.
Also available in a small format.
'As everyone knows, dinosaurs make great pets, and this is one of the best guides on their care and feeding to date. Robert Mash includes everything the aspiring dinosaur owner needs to know... For those who still aren't sure how to distinguish different dinosaur types, there are vivid pictures of every species with detailed descriptions of their personality and dietary needs. Plus, there are cautions about the most common dinosaur dangers.' FOCUS MAGAZINE (Dec 2003) 'WHICH BOOK WE WILL BE READING COVER TO COVER FOR FUTURE REFERENCE Books? In the Loaded newsletter? Get the hell out of town! No, this particular book is How To Keep Dinosaurs by Robert Mash, a useful guide to, ummm, keeping dinosaurs as pets. It also tells you how to raise them for slaughtering and eating, which sounds more like our kind of thing... To commemorate the release of the book of the year, we are asking you all what your Number One Tip for keeping a Tyrannosaurus Rex is' LOADED magazine email newsletter 'With tongue planted firmly in cheek, this "dino owner's manual" amusingly explains what every human must know before adopting a new saurus... The illustrations cleverly mix photography and art to bring humans and dinos together for the first time, and show the animals in domestic situations. (A Compsognathus in a litter box and a Microvenator peeking hungrily into a refrigerator are particular comic highlights). This is surely the most amusing way to learn about dinosaurs ever.' THE MY JOKE CENTRE BOOKSTORE (website) 'The smart conceit behind Robert Mash's HTKD is that the reader expects to be given a prehistoric reptile for Christmas and needs to know the number of live chickens it has for breakfast... Convincing photographs show these prehistoric reptiles having pillow-fights, using a toaster and making themselves at home around the house. According to the focus group, 12 is a good age to appreciate the droll text.' -- Jonathan Sale FINANCIAL TIMES (29/11/03) 'This extensively illustrated book is a mine of information on dinosaurs and is particularly useful for identifying which dinosaur might be right for you. They can be tricky as domestic pets and it's important to know whether the variety you are considering can or can't be house-trained, what it does to upholstery and whether it might eat your cat.' -- Artemis Cooper THE MAIL ON SUNDAY (7/12/03) 'Whimsically illustrated, this is a rollicking good laugh as well as an excellent source of information on dinosaurs of all kinds.' DISCOVER (Jan 2004)
Dinosaurs for Beginners; Dinosaurs as House Pets; Dinosaurs as Flying Pets; Dinosaurs for Recreation; Dinosaurs for Security Work; Dinosaurs for Eggs & Meat; Dinosaurs for Hide and Feather; Dinosaurs for Zoos; Dinosaurs for Safari Parks
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Robert Mash read zoology at Oxford and is now head of the biology department at Clayesmore School. He lives in a thatched cottage in the middle of Dorset with his wife, son and three coleophysii.