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Barnum's Bones

How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World

Tracey Fern, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Barnum Brown's (1873-1963) parents named him after the circus icon P.T. Barnum, hoping that he would do something extraordinary--and he did! As a paleontologist for the American Museum of Natural History, he discovered the first documented skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as most of the other dinosaurs on display there today.
 
An appealing and fun picture book biography, with zany and stunning illustrations by Boris Kulikov, BARNUM'S BONES captures the spirit of this remarkable man.
 
Barnum's Bones is one The Washington Post's Best Kids Books of 2012.

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Praise for Barnum's Bones

"...playful and imaginative…”--BCCB

“T. rex lovers will gobble it up, and seekers of easy biographies will be hot on their heels.”--School Library Journal, starred

“Tracey Fern (“Buffalo Music,” “Pippo the Fool”) turns a slice of a scientist’s biography into an American adventure tale, describing how Brown and his rivals at other museums raced to find the best fossils and to discover new species.”--New York Times

“…truly breathtaking. This will captivate the masses of kids whose jaws drop in the presence of hulking fossils.”--Booklist, starred

  “In this engaging picture-book biography, Tracey Fern and illustrator Boris Kulikov supply many distinctive details about Brown, including the spiffy wardrobe he favored and the dancing talents he would occasionally unleash.”--The Washington Post

“…[an] informative, inspirational story of one man’s curious, undeniable passion.”--Horn Book

“Fern fills her text with all the salient facts but uses a breezy, humorous, awestruck voice that strikes just the right tone in telling the story of this fascinating, quirky scientist.”--Kirkus, starred 

In the Press

‘Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World,’ by Tracey Fern - The Washington Post
“Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World,” by Tracey Fern
- The Washington Post
'Barnum's Bones,' by Tracey Fern - NYTimes.com
A new picture book turns one paleontologist's hunt for dinosaur fossils into an adventure story.
- The New York Times
BARNUM'S BONES by Tracey Fern, Boris Kulikov | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of BARNUM'S BONES How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World. Presenting Barnum Brown, who, from the time he was named for circus impresario P.T., was destined to do unusual, important things.
- Kirkus Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Tracey Fern, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

  • Tracey Fern is the author of two other picture books, Buffalo Music and Pippo the Fool, both Junior Library Guild selections. She lives with her family in West Newton, Massachusetts, where she’s always on the lookout for unusual rocks.

    www.traceyfern.com

    Boris Kulikov has illustrated many other books for children, including Max’s Words by Kate Banks. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York, where he has not yet discovered any dinosaur bones. 

    www.boriskulikov.com.

  • Boris Kulikov
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Barnum's Bones

How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World

Tracey Fern, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

Washington Post Best Books of the Year, National Science Teacher's Association-CBC, Outstanding Scie, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Booklist Top 10 Biographies for Youth, New York Charlotte Award Master List, ME Cream of the Crop Master List, VA Jefferson Cup Master List (Younger Readers), MO MASL's Readers Awards - MASTER LIST
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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