Cretaceous is a story of few words, depicting a day in the life of the dinosaurs. It’s all mayhem, all the time, illustrated beautifully. You’ll be transported to a time before the modern era, where nothing mattered beyond surviving from one moment to the next. It’s a great art piece for kids and adults alike.
There isn’t much narrative to Cretaceous and that made the artwork all the more compelling. The book acts more as a field guide to the dinosaurs, introducing dozens of species who are rendered in stunning detail. We follow the food chain multiple times over, running alongside different beasts as they get eaten. It sounds dreary but the volume was actually quite illuminating. This wasn’t the typical dinosaur animation complete with songs, jokes, and a write-off of what those enormous teeth are actually for. Instead, we get to see the dinosaurs as the ferocious beasts they are.
The art is done masterfully with a focus on the vivid colors of a fresher world and the endless variety of species inhabiting it. The only words are grunts and groans, leaving the artists to tell an entire story purely through their art. The choice pays off, resulting in a beautiful guide to a world we can only imagine.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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