Dinosaurs for Kids by Ken Ham. Illustrated by Bill Looney. Master Books (2009)


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In Dinosaurs for Kids, Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis has asked us to consider that there was not an Age of Dinosaurs. Rather there have been seven “ages” of dinosaurs, alliterated as 7 F’s.

  1. Formed – Dinosaurs were created on Day 6 with Man
  2. Fearless – Man and dinosaurs co-existed without fear in God’s perfect Creation.
  3. Fallen – Due to the effects of the Fall, carnivory begins. Since some dinosaurs eat meat now and since man is essentially meat, well…. the honeymoon is over!
  4. Flood – The Great Flood destroys all life except that aboard the Ark. The majority of fossils are formed at this time.
  5. Faded – The dinosaurs leave the Ark. Due to changes in climate and other factor [an Ice Age, for example] dinosaurs slowly go [mostly] extinct. Memories of dinosaurs as dragons take on some fantastical elements as the real creatures begin to fade from observable ecology.
  6. Fossils – As noted, scientists begin to discover dinosaur bones and realize they were a distinct class of creatures no longer seen on Earth.
  7. Fiction – The age in which we now live, where secular scientists, textbooks and museums tell us that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, that they evolved into birds and other fictions.

Bill Mooney’s illustrations are beautifully done. The book does a great job of relating dinosaurs from a Biblical perspective in an entertaining way and gives an invitation to the Gospel at the end, so bonus!

The only drawbacks to this book are in its formatting. If you’re reading it to children, well, good luck. It doesn’t read well. Little fact boxes, in the form of single text boxes and Four Fast Facts pepper the sections of this book. I think they do make the book more interesting, but it makes reading it to smaller children a bit of an ADHD experience! This book is clearly intended for children who can read it at their own pace.

I generally recommend Dinosaurs for Kids for those who have children with questions about dinosaurs and the Bible, but its a great synopsis of the Biblical creationist position for dinosaur enthusiasts of any age. You can find out more about Dinosaurs for Kids on Amazon and Answers in Genesis’ website.

-Tony Breeden, from the Bookwyrm’s Lair

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the New Leaf Publishing Group Book review program on CreationConversations.com <http://www.creationconversations.com/group/bookreviewersfornewleafpublishinggroup>. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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About Tony Breeden

Tony Breeden is an author, creation speaker, Gospel preacher, vocalist and artist from West Virginia. He is also the founder of DefendingGenesis.org. Find out about his books at http://TonyBreedenBooks.com.

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