Prehistoric Giants

From the Series If Extinct Beasts Came to Life

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Gorillas can be pretty big, but just wait until you see Gigantopithecus. This huge ape lived 9 million years ago and was three times as heavy and two times as tall as a modern gorilla. There were lots of other prehistoric giants, too. Giant camels lived in the United States and even in the Arctic. Another beast was Stupendemys—a turtle so large that a car could fit on its shell! What would happen if these giant beasts came to life? Imagine prehistoric giants walking the streets of New York and climbing the Great Wall of China—and learn amazing facts about these fascinating creatures!

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Browseable Nonfiction, Animals
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand Hungry Tomato ®
Imprint Hungry Tomato ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2017-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 8.6
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF025150, JNF003050
Dewey 560
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 1020
Guided Reading Level V
Features Glossary, Index, Reviewed, and Table of contents

Author: Matthew Rake

Matthew Rake lives in London and has worked in publishing for more than twenty years. He has written on a wide variety of topics, including science, sports, and the arts.

Illustrator: Simon Mendez

Simon Mendez, award-winning illustrator, combines his love of nature and drawing by focusing his illustrations on scientific and natural subjects. He paints a wide variety of themes but mainly concentrates on portraits and animal subjects. He lives in the UK.


School Library Journal

“[An] easy-to-read but hard-to-put-down series. . . . Whether dinosaur fans or not, readers of all ages will enjoy this visually stunning, informative, and, at times, humorous look at prehistory—libraries won’t want to miss out.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Armchair thrills aplenty for Anthropocene readers.”—Kirkus Reviews