Dinotopia Book Summary and Study Guide

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Arthur Denison and his son, Will, are shipwrecked on a strange island. Not long after their arrival, they see creatures that appear to be dinosaurs. After the initial shock, they are taken to someone who can speak an archaeic sort of English. This book is in the form of a journal, with mainly entries done by Arthur Denison, but some written by his son. It follows their attempts to integrate themselves into the Dinotopian culture. Will wants to be a Skybax rider and fly in the sky, while Arthur would rather explore and record his observations. This book also contains wonderful artwork and is worth taking a look at.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 80% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Adversaries are…    -   dinosaurs Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14) GIANT monster(s)    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Jungle    -   Water    -   Mountains Earth setting:    -   19th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   little dialog

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