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First Flight [Paperback]

James Gurney
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March 16 2000 Dinotopia (HarperCollins)

"Critics have gushed over Gurney's phantasmagorical creation, likening him to such venerated literary fantasists as Jules Verne, Wells, and J. R. R. Tolkien." — People Magazine
James Gurney's illustrated Dinotopia series has been an imaginative touchstone for a generation of readers of all ages. This new definitive edition of Dinotopia: First Flight brings together an extensive collection of James Gurney's stories, artwork, and story notes from the ancient origins of the land where humans and dinosaurs coexist. That peaceful world was forged on the flames of conflict in a dramatic Age of Heroes. First Flight tells a timeless tale of partnership and courage, where unlikely heroes cooperate to overcome the greatest challenge yet to face Dinotopia.
This lavishly produced volume begins with an unabridged republication of James Gurney's influential 1999 story about the adventures of Gideon Altaire. Gideon escapes from his post as a drone pilot, befriends a small band of animal characters, and becomes the first human to fly on the back of a giant pterosaur known as a skybax. Together they challenge a bold attempt by the rogue leaders of Poseidos to overturn the tenuous balance between humans and dinosaurs.
The second half of the book includes a bonus of over 45 new images, including never-before-published storyboards, concept sketches, and production paintings, plus new characters, stories, and backstory notes from James Gurney's creative archives. The supplement begins with a cinematic treatment about a character named Blake Terrapin, who leads the resistance on the ground while Gideon takes to the air. 
Together, the elements of this richly imagined volume combine to conjure a richly textured world, and will serve as an exciting companion volume to Gurney's other Dinotopia books.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-Brightly colored, exquisitely detailed prehistoric creatures brimming with personality square off against menacing-looking mechanical monsters in this luxuriantly illustrated-but lamely plotted-prequel to Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time (Turner, 1992; o.p.) and its spin-offs. Having replaced all of its animals with massive, iron-gray robots, the Empire of Poseidos mounts an attack on Highnest, home of Dinotopia's pterosaurs. Luckily, young Poseidonian orphan Gideon Altaire, along with (taking a cue from the Disney bible) a gaggle of cute, squabbling nonhuman sidekicks, arrives to save the day. Children will be drawn to the flashy, dramatic paintings, but are likely to skip the text-especially since isolated lines printed in larger, differently colored type serve as captions to each scene. A fold-out game board with perforated sheets of character and action cards makes this problematic for libraries, even without the trite story line. Alan Dean Foster's full-length "Dinotopia" novels (HarperCollins) have more to offer.
John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

James Gurney's fantasy art has appeared on the covers of more than 70 books, and his art appears regularly in National Geographic. He is the author and illustrator of Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time, Dinotopia: The World Beneath, and is currently working on his third Dinotopia book, which will be published in Fall 2000. He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State with his family. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars oh how I hate it... Dec 2 2003
By A Customer
compared to the other Dinotopia books (all of which I enjoyed) this is a atrocity. James Gurney's illustrations are still interesting and wonderful, but as others have said, the plot and characters are cookie cutter thin. The one liners spouted out by the non-human characters will make you cringe. I just hope Gurney can make another book and cleanse his now tainted name.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dinotopia:First Flight June 17 2003
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Dinotopia:First Flight is a book about a boy named Gileon,who is being tracked down by an evil person named Roff Stricker because he is not doing his schoolwork.He makes some friends named Budge,Binny,Bandy and Bongo(Short nam is the 4 B's)that help Gideon out of his dangerous adventure.If you like dinos and robots you will like this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but.... March 26 2002
I found the story very lacking, but the lustrations are up to par, above in some cases. I noticed that most of the other reviews were four stars. In my opinion, that means the illustrations are enough to carry the book. Illustrations of this caliber normally are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars i am desaponted June 22 2000
By A Customer
i am a great dinotopia fan and i liked the other more complex books of dinotopia and didn't think this was a good book at all
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