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In the year 1860, biologist and explorer Arthur Denison and his son, Will, set out on a sea voyage of discovery and adventure. When a powerful typhoon wrecks the ship in uncharted waters, Arthur and Will are the sole survivors. Washed ashore on a strange island called Dinotopia, they are amazed to find a breathtaking world where cities are built on waterfalls, people have In the year 1860, biologist and explorer Arthur Denison and his son, Will, set out on a sea voyage of discovery and adventure. When a powerful typhoon wrecks the ship in uncharted waters, Arthur and Will are the sole survivors. Washed ashore on a strange island called Dinotopia, they are amazed to find a breathtaking world where cities are built on waterfalls, people have found new ways to fly, and humans and dinosaurs live together in harmony. With new discoveries at every turn, Arthur and Will embark upon their own separate journeys to unearth the mysteries of Dinotopia.


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In the year 1860, biologist and explorer Arthur Denison and his son, Will, set out on a sea voyage of discovery and adventure. When a powerful typhoon wrecks the ship in uncharted waters, Arthur and Will are the sole survivors. Washed ashore on a strange island called Dinotopia, they are amazed to find a breathtaking world where cities are built on waterfalls, people have In the year 1860, biologist and explorer Arthur Denison and his son, Will, set out on a sea voyage of discovery and adventure. When a powerful typhoon wrecks the ship in uncharted waters, Arthur and Will are the sole survivors. Washed ashore on a strange island called Dinotopia, they are amazed to find a breathtaking world where cities are built on waterfalls, people have found new ways to fly, and humans and dinosaurs live together in harmony. With new discoveries at every turn, Arthur and Will embark upon their own separate journeys to unearth the mysteries of Dinotopia.

30 review for Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time

  1. 4 out of 5

    J.G. Keely

    This fanciful retelling of "The Land that Time Forgot" would just be a passable (if fun) story if not for Gurney's rather lovely artwork. His imagining of his new and strange world carries a depth and weight that, to be trite, truly transports you there--but then, that's what he built his career on. A competent draughtsman who plied his imagining of ancient Egyptian rituals and architectural recreations in the pages of National Geographic, Gurney's style evokes the travelogue of a naturalist (whi This fanciful retelling of "The Land that Time Forgot" would just be a passable (if fun) story if not for Gurney's rather lovely artwork. His imagining of his new and strange world carries a depth and weight that, to be trite, truly transports you there--but then, that's what he built his career on. A competent draughtsman who plied his imagining of ancient Egyptian rituals and architectural recreations in the pages of National Geographic, Gurney's style evokes the travelogue of a naturalist (which is, happily enough, his story's frame), so that the sometimes indulgent fantasy or unremarkable characterization mostly comes off as an occasionally unlikely (or overly likely) world. This isn't to say that his art is always wholly successful--there are rough patches here and there, especially when his sartorial and tonsorial choices cause his characters to resemble late 60's hippies. It reminds me of the way that one can always tell when a period film was made because the costuming is always viewed through the lens of modern fashion, so that 70's Shakespeare is all wide lapels and feathered bangs, which the 80's trades in for mullets and angular silhouettes. Portrayed as a travelogue of a shipwreck survivor on the island of Dinotopia, Gurney successfully captures the feel of early century sci-fi tales which even today seem only just beyond the realm of possibility. It seems that the only area positively affected by a little scientific naivete is that of the visionary futurist. Of course, it was not as difficult for Gurney to look back and imitate this method than it was for the original Victorian authors to create it, though it is not a very familiar style for modern readers, anyway. Perhaps the greatest gift of Gurney's as a combined author/illustrator is that he lets you forget what you know and allows you to believe in what he has created.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fiver

    A very exceptional book, in many ways. Readers of this critique, please don't think that I'm giving this book five stars simply because it was a childhood favorite (and I openly admit to having loved this book since I was a child). Dinotopia is the kind of book that is so easy laugh at at the mere description: two travelers stumble on a hidden island where humans and dinosaurs live together! Break out the grenades, cavewomen, and giant apes, right? The reason Dinotopia deserves five stars is tha A very exceptional book, in many ways. Readers of this critique, please don't think that I'm giving this book five stars simply because it was a childhood favorite (and I openly admit to having loved this book since I was a child). Dinotopia is the kind of book that is so easy laugh at at the mere description: two travelers stumble on a hidden island where humans and dinosaurs live together! Break out the grenades, cavewomen, and giant apes, right? The reason Dinotopia deserves five stars is that it rises above its seemingly 'silly' premise to make a book that will entertain and inspire people of any age. The beautiful paintings are colorful enough for young children, interesting enough for older children, and deep and rich enough for adults. James Gurney is so devoted to the world of Dinotopia, to the culture, the language, the architecture, the clothing, and the characters, that I am amazed even today at how seriously I take the book. The story is told as a series of diary entries from the point of view of an explorer encountering the land for the first time, and there is (thank heaven!) very little plot or story conflict to get in the way of the presentation. Mr. Gurney takes advantage of the leftover space perfectly, by presenting audiences with a vibrant creation. The thrill of Dinotopia rests surprisingly little on the dinosaurs themselves. Looking at the book now, I am shocked to realize that I was as intrigued by the architecture, language, and customs of Dinotopia as anything else. Those who think they could never swallow the idea of sentient dinosaurs (saurians in the book are treated as an interesting merging of peers with plowbeasts) may just be surprised at how unimportant the broad disregard of scientific accuracy is: Mr. Gurney has included the dinosaurs to add a sense of wonder, to show culture differences, and even to seriously examine what life would be like if, well, if we could have a friendly chat with a forty-foot taxi. Altogether, this book is a wonder. It actually raises good adult questions about societies and cultures, but more importantly, it fully succeeds in pulling even the intelligent reader into a truly fantastic world. Enjoy!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Shipwrecked in the South Pacific, Arthur Denison and his young son Will find themselves rescued by dolphins and delivered to the lost island of Dinotopia in this gorgeously illustrated picture-book/novel. "A Land Apart from Time," according to the book's sub-title, Dinotopia is a hidden continent where dinosaurs never went extinct, are highly evolved and intelligent, and now live in a peaceful society together with the humans that have washed up on their shores over the centuries. Although their Shipwrecked in the South Pacific, Arthur Denison and his young son Will find themselves rescued by dolphins and delivered to the lost island of Dinotopia in this gorgeously illustrated picture-book/novel. "A Land Apart from Time," according to the book's sub-title, Dinotopia is a hidden continent where dinosaurs never went extinct, are highly evolved and intelligent, and now live in a peaceful society together with the humans that have washed up on their shores over the centuries. Although their initial reaction is one of fear - Arthur, believing that he and Will are in danger, even strikes Bix, the gentle Protoceratops translator who later becomes their great friend, at the beginning of the story - eventually the Denisons adjust to life in this strange new world. They travel first to Waterfall City, where they spend a few years learning about Dinotopia, before they continue on to Canyon City, where Will trains become a Skybax rider - a human who rides the flying dinosaurs, Quetzalcoatlus Skybax - and Arthur becomes fascinated by the "world beneath" the canyons. Eventually Arthur sets off on a voyage into the subterranean world beneath Dinotopia, while Will continues his training. The two are reunited in the Dinotopian capital, Sauropolis, but the implication is that Arthur's further travels, only hinted at in the narrative here, will form the basis for the sequel, Dinotopia: The World Beneath . Originally published in 1992, Dinotopia was an instant success, launching a series of children's novels set in its fantastic world, as well as two television series based upon it. It also started a trend in which extended picture-book/novels became (for a time) quite popular, with three more Dinotopia stories in this format, as well as Betty Ballantine's The Secret Oceans , and James Christensen's Voyage of the Basset . Although long aware of Dinotopia - I have owned an edition of the book for years - I never happened to pick it up until I ran across the new special edition put out recently by Calla Books. I'm glad I finally gave it a chance, as I found it an immensely engaging story, one which, with both text and image, drew me into its imaginative world. Part travelogue, part fantasy, part picture-book, it is all magic, and is sure to leave readers young and old wanting more. I enjoyed poring over the beautiful illustrations, enjoyed the story, and had no sooner finished than I wanted to start the sequel, which I will now have to track down. The special edition that I read contains additional material - an introduction by Michael Patrick Hearn, an afterword from author/artist James Gurney, including sketches and unused artwork - and makes the story available to readers once again. Recommended to all dinosaur lovers, young and old, and anyone who appreciates truly immersive works of fantasy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    "Skippy"

    One the most beautiful, creative books I've read in a while. It's one of those stories that really brings me back to the simplicity and honesty of the natural world. The most memorable part for me (besides the absolutely gorgeous illustrations) about their conception of time. "You of the west," Malik said, "think of time moving in a straight line, from past to present to future. Your eastern brothers regard time as a circle, returning endlessly in a cycle of decay and rebirth. Both ideas have a One the most beautiful, creative books I've read in a while. It's one of those stories that really brings me back to the simplicity and honesty of the natural world. The most memorable part for me (besides the absolutely gorgeous illustrations) about their conception of time. "You of the west," Malik said, "think of time moving in a straight line, from past to present to future. Your eastern brothers regard time as a circle, returning endlessly in a cycle of decay and rebirth. Both ideas have a dimension of truth. If you were to combine geometrically the movement of the circle with the line, what would you have?" He snapped his mouth shut and peered at me with an uncanny resemblance to my old schoolmaster. "The spiral?" I ventured. "Yes, yes. Or the helix. They are our models of the passage of time," he said. "So time moves on, but history repeats itself." And then a little bit later: "What hour is it?" I asked, reaching instinctively for my pocket watch. Malik took a step back. "Time for Kentrosaurus to hatch. Time to plant the millet. Time for the magnolia buds to open. Professor Denison, I'm afraid you persist in thinking of time as numbers. You think of meaningless units of time - weeks, hours, minutes - based on what? Movements of faraway planets? Of what use to us is that? Why not pay attention to the precise 30-year life cycle of the bamboo Guadua trinii or the exactly repeated mitotic cycle of the paramecium. The whole earth has a heartbeat." He paused, swung his tail from side to side, and squinted. "And some things happen too slowly for you to notice. If you sit quite still, you can hear the grinding down of mountains, the stretching upwards of trees, the pushing forward of continents - indeed the wearing away of this very waterfall." Then finally, "You will soon become a Dinotopian. And when you do, you will measure your life in a different way." And indeed, after reading this, I too saw the world in a different way. I no doubt appreciate the extensive time and research that must have gone into the making of this wonderful story. Within these 150-something pages, the author plants a tiny seed that blooms into a magical, and charmingly poetic world that I never want to leave. This is one of the books that will likely be with me forever.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Summerstay

    This book, since I was first shown it over a decade ago, has maintained the position in my library as being the most exquisitely illustrated of any book I have ever come across. This, in a family where quality illustrated books are highly prised and acquired regularly. One of my father's most recognisable t-shirts was a picture from this book along with some footprint text. The cover reminds me of Alma-Tadema at his best. This book, since I was first shown it over a decade ago, has maintained the position in my library as being the most exquisitely illustrated of any book I have ever come across. This, in a family where quality illustrated books are highly prised and acquired regularly. One of my father's most recognisable t-shirts was a picture from this book along with some footprint text. The cover reminds me of Alma-Tadema at his best.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amalie

    Enchanting! A Gulliver-esque Arthur and Will Denison (a father and son) are shipwrecked on a lost island continent where dinosaurs and humans live peacefully together. During their time on the island Arthur writes an anthropological journal detailing his discoveries with great illustrations like a Charles Darwin. At some point his journal(s) would be discovered by James Gurney.... Overall, there is nothing so amazing about the plot, what makes this book unique is Gurney's imagination and the amazi Enchanting! A Gulliver-esque Arthur and Will Denison (a father and son) are shipwrecked on a lost island continent where dinosaurs and humans live peacefully together. During their time on the island Arthur writes an anthropological journal detailing his discoveries with great illustrations like a Charles Darwin. At some point his journal(s) would be discovered by James Gurney.... Overall, there is nothing so amazing about the plot, what makes this book unique is Gurney's imagination and the amazing artwork that compliments the story so well. The illustrations consist of everything Dinotopia was, even down to the footprint written language.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Csenge

    I realize that I'm waaaaay late to this party, but I just randomly found this book in the library, and I have never even heard Dinotopia before. I'm ridiculously excited. My biggest problem with Jurassic Park has always been that I would have loved to just watch scientists doing science stuff, instead of any of the screaming and the running... and this book does exactly that. It is not an adventure novel, but an explorer's journal, full of sketches of everyday life in great, vivid, amazingly crea I realize that I'm waaaaay late to this party, but I just randomly found this book in the library, and I have never even heard Dinotopia before. I'm ridiculously excited. My biggest problem with Jurassic Park has always been that I would have loved to just watch scientists doing science stuff, instead of any of the screaming and the running... and this book does exactly that. It is not an adventure novel, but an explorer's journal, full of sketches of everyday life in great, vivid, amazingly creative detail. Had I come across this book in my teens, I would have been completely invested. As things stand now, I have already looked to see if there is an RPG based on it, because I'm all there for that... I love the images, I love the ideas, I love the world as a whole (even though I have given up on fantasy worlds a while ago). The artwork is gorgeous, the setting is detailed and unique. It was a couple of small inconsistencies (why would they call dinosaurs by their modern Latin names?...), but I was willing to gloss over them for the sake of a truly original setting.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kendall Moore

    This book is, in a word, extraordinary. The artwork is sublime in its beauty conjuring images of a land lost to time yet not so lost as to be forgotten. That is, it feels like the place could actually exist in our world. Also, Gurney's talent for historical illustration is evident in all of the paintings herein; the Dinosaur Abu Simbel is breathtaking. In terms of story, it is a great homage to Jules Verne's work and a moving tale of discovery in its own right. I will DEFINITELY be reading the s This book is, in a word, extraordinary. The artwork is sublime in its beauty conjuring images of a land lost to time yet not so lost as to be forgotten. That is, it feels like the place could actually exist in our world. Also, Gurney's talent for historical illustration is evident in all of the paintings herein; the Dinosaur Abu Simbel is breathtaking. In terms of story, it is a great homage to Jules Verne's work and a moving tale of discovery in its own right. I will DEFINITELY be reading the sequels in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam Arzberger

    One of the most beautifully illustrated books I’ve ever seen. Reminiscent of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, the story is rich and exciting and transports the reader to the island of Dinotopia where dinosaurs and humans live in perfect symbiosis. A highlight is the inclusion of the dinosaur’s ‘footprint alphabet’ which allows the reader to go back through the book and decipher all the signs and symbols dotted throughout. Written in diary form, this story also affords the opportunity to encourage children One of the most beautifully illustrated books I’ve ever seen. Reminiscent of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, the story is rich and exciting and transports the reader to the island of Dinotopia where dinosaurs and humans live in perfect symbiosis. A highlight is the inclusion of the dinosaur’s ‘footprint alphabet’ which allows the reader to go back through the book and decipher all the signs and symbols dotted throughout. Written in diary form, this story also affords the opportunity to encourage children to write their own diary entry stories perhaps about a wondrous island of their own. My copy, now more than 20 years old and in the hands of my daughter is well-loved, battered and tattered and looks as though it may have been the original, washed up on the shores of Dinotopia itself.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Don't care about the words, the art is gorgeous and tells a story in itself. Don't care about the words, the art is gorgeous and tells a story in itself.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    I don’t normally review children’s book, but I was recently reminded of this story that I read with my dad growing up. This is a “MUST READ” for all kids and particularly fans of dinosaurs as far as I’m concerned. The art in this book is reason alone to pick it up (or any in the series). The pictures were mesmerizing growing up and I remember often just staring through it. The story is also wonderful and a great compliment. What makes this book particularly good, however, is that the story goes I don’t normally review children’s book, but I was recently reminded of this story that I read with my dad growing up. This is a “MUST READ” for all kids and particularly fans of dinosaurs as far as I’m concerned. The art in this book is reason alone to pick it up (or any in the series). The pictures were mesmerizing growing up and I remember often just staring through it. The story is also wonderful and a great compliment. What makes this book particularly good, however, is that the story goes beyond an (acknowledged) somewhat unrealistic premise. The story is full of the culture of “Dinotopia” as well as customs, language and architecture. All in all, I believe this is a book that both children and adults will enjoy. Who should read it? All kids and fans of dinosaurs (of all ages!). See all my reviews and more at www.ReadingToDistraction.com and @Read2Distract

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maria Kramer

    I remember being a kid, looking at this in my local library. I was too young to read it, but would stare at the pictures, entranced, imagining what the story was. This weekend, I came across a copy in a used bookstore and decided it would be mine! I was not disappointed. For a grownup, this is a fast read - a fun introduction to a fantasy world where humans and dinosaurs live together in harmony. Of course, the illustrations are gorgeous. Similar title: Gnomes by Wil Huygen

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alec Longstreth

    I owned a copy of this book as a kid and flipped through it countless times, to admire the beautiful illustrations. I never actually read it until this year, and what do you know? The writing is actually pretty great too. What's more the interplay between the images and the text is very well handled. The whole story is a great exercise in world building. I owned a copy of this book as a kid and flipped through it countless times, to admire the beautiful illustrations. I never actually read it until this year, and what do you know? The writing is actually pretty great too. What's more the interplay between the images and the text is very well handled. The whole story is a great exercise in world building.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andrés

    Absolutely wonderful! —————- A true beauty. One of my favorite fantasy worlds, and one I would most definitely live in. One day I should really write about my nebulous first foray into DINOTOPIA back in 1994... November 4, 2020

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    One of the most visually captivating books we have ever read. The story is beautiful and tender. The illustration is true art. This is a wonderful book for children's imaginations! One of the most visually captivating books we have ever read. The story is beautiful and tender. The illustration is true art. This is a wonderful book for children's imaginations!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    The best book from my childhood.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    When I was in primary school this book was one of my favourites in the library. I read it over and over and I especially adored the illustrations, which are stunning.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Palmer

    I recently saw a twitter post that said something along the lines of “Every illustration in Dinotopia is a gift.” I couldn’t have said if better myself!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    A hard one to rate. On the one hand, the dinosaurs are great and the world is so inventive. I am tempted to give the book 5 stars based on the deinonychus librarian's scroll-reading treadmill alone. I LOVE IT!!! The illustrations are fantastic and really boost the book. I think what the book really lacked was a good story/narrator. The book is written as a 19th century man's journal, which is part of the conceit, but I think it kind of held things back. I didn't like the guy's tone and I was more A hard one to rate. On the one hand, the dinosaurs are great and the world is so inventive. I am tempted to give the book 5 stars based on the deinonychus librarian's scroll-reading treadmill alone. I LOVE IT!!! The illustrations are fantastic and really boost the book. I think what the book really lacked was a good story/narrator. The book is written as a 19th century man's journal, which is part of the conceit, but I think it kind of held things back. I didn't like the guy's tone and I was more interested in details he wasn't coughing up. I didn't feel attached to the storyline at all, it was more just an excuse to see dinosaurs doing different things. Which is fine...just not spectacular. I realize I'm not exactly the intended audience, either. If we're going on the words alone, it would probably be like a 1.5 star book for me, but with the illustrations fleshing out the author's ideas and bringing the world to life, and all the different dinosaurs and functions of the society, I can't really give it less than 3, and I still feel like that's kind of low. 3.5?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    The original Dinotopia book is essentially a long picture book made for all ages. But although the art is breathtakingly gorgeous, it is not the main reason is a classic. It is one of those books that has a uniquely magic quality to it. The reader is transported to an idyllic world where humanity and nature live in perfect harmony and better one another. It desperately makes the reader want to go there as well, and also stay there. Although there is much left unexplained and open, a marvelous st The original Dinotopia book is essentially a long picture book made for all ages. But although the art is breathtakingly gorgeous, it is not the main reason is a classic. It is one of those books that has a uniquely magic quality to it. The reader is transported to an idyllic world where humanity and nature live in perfect harmony and better one another. It desperately makes the reader want to go there as well, and also stay there. Although there is much left unexplained and open, a marvelous story is told as the characters learn of the history of dinotopia and it's citizens. This book from my childhood was a joy to revisit, and I already look forward to visiting Dinotopia again in the future.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Miles Smith

    I adored this illustrated story as a child. Rereading it as an adult confirmed the enduring magnificence of the illustrations and also the story's powerful evocation of wonder. Gurney is far from a Darwinian ideologue. Much of the narrative seems to hint at a desire for a sort of Jeffersonian and Edenic world in which violence is eradicated and the pristinity of the natural world is retained even as a high civilization develops within it. And the obvious addition of dinosaurs makes this attracti I adored this illustrated story as a child. Rereading it as an adult confirmed the enduring magnificence of the illustrations and also the story's powerful evocation of wonder. Gurney is far from a Darwinian ideologue. Much of the narrative seems to hint at a desire for a sort of Jeffersonian and Edenic world in which violence is eradicated and the pristinity of the natural world is retained even as a high civilization develops within it. And the obvious addition of dinosaurs makes this attractive to children, but it is far more than simply a children's story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shane

    I have wanted to read this for 25 years and I should have made it a higher priority. Dinotopia is full of wonder. It is perfect escapism, a light adventure accompanied by incredible artwork. I would have gladly read on for 500 more pages. I will definitely continue with the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kataryna Hermans

    Amazing illustrations from one of my favourite stories.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne Organa

    Wow. What a trip. Great for memes. Highly hilarious.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Visually, of course, this is a five star. I would rate the story, which is journey of discovery in journal form, as a 3. Still an amazing book to capture the imagination.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tim Milligan

    The most wonderfully illustrated and transporting fantasy story. Is there any other like it?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Neale

    Read this to Houston during the pandemic

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel

    Some implausible elements - the relationship between the dolphins and dinosaurs is poorly explained - and some plot points should have been further developed - is this really a human-dino utopia, or are the humans resentful of their social class? But otherwise a great and fulfilling story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Adams

    One of my favorite books growing up

  30. 4 out of 5

    Liza-Marie

    Beautiful art and stunning story to go with it!

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