Thursday, May 21, 2015


Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time

Dinotopia is the story of Denison, a naturalist who is shipwrecked with his son Will on a mysterious island in the 1800's. Carried to shore on the backs of dolphins, Denison and Will find themselves in a strange land. Alone on the beach, they decide to strike inland and are greeted by a band of dinosaurs. It is here where they meet Bix, a dinosaur who can speak and will, in time, become their guide and friend. 

As they are taken into the interior of the island they come to a dinosaur hatchery, where they begin to learn more and discover that all the human inhabitants are descended from shipwreck survivors. They quickly learn that dinosaurs and humans coexist peacefully for the most part, and that the dinosaurs bring a long acquisition of knowledge and wisdom to partnership. Everyone seems to have a role to play for the betterment of all.  

Denison and Will learn that they are expected to go to Waterfall City to register and apply their skills. Denison wants to leave the island, of course, and is not happy to learn that no one has ever done so. He and Will set off, seeing some sights and visiting several towns until they finally arrive at Waterfall City. A stunning place and the intellectual capital of Dinotopia.  

Will and his dad eventually travel north to Treetown, where people live in elaborate tree dwellings, and from there encounter a great citadel above the clouds and a city among the canyons. What will their future hold for them? 

This is told in the grand tradition of a framing story where the author "finds" the manuscript in a university library and brings the story to the masses. The story is told in both words and pictures, with sketches of everyday life and beautiful full color illustrations.  

Dinotopia is a fantastic book , perfect for children and adults who still have that childlike sense of wonder. 

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  1. " It has that sense of wonder- the same feeling you get from Middle Earth or other fantasy lands where you can lose yourself for many glorious hours." With an endorsement like that, I'll be adding this to my wish list.

    I vaguely watching bits and pieces of this when it was a TV mini series. I don't remember much so it shouldn't influence my reading when I get around to the book.

  2. My son is obsessed with dinosaurs and this sounds like a fantastic chapter book to read aloud to him. Plus it just sounds completely magical. Thanks for sharing!