Dinotopia has ratings and 56 reviews. Alec said: With this fourth installment, the series is redeemed! I’m going to get rid of my copy of First Fl. Lists in articles are discouraged on Dinotopia Wiki. You can help Dinotopia Wiki by moving the lists to ‘List of Dinosaurs in Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara’ and. A stand-alone sequel to the first two Dinotopia books, Journey to Chandara offers the perfect introduction to James Gurney’s fantasy world for readers of all ages.

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We’ve got a giant abacus strapped to the back of a dinosaur and an old man on top, creating an accounting partnership for the marketplace. You just can’t beat the first one for art, story, characters, creativity and general dinosaur-ness, but I did like this better than I did the first time I read it.

I didn’t find dinitopia plot to be anything special, but I had fun seeing all of the dinosaurs. When he returns, he is fascinated by the ancient relics found there and is convinced that they may be key in enabling him to leave or explore the island.

Dinotopia: Journey To Chandara

Dinotopia is a fictional utopia created by author and illustrator James Gurney. For other uses, see Dinotopia disambiguation. We’ve got two different schools of philosophy; one that wears spots and preaches a form of empiricism, one that wears lines and preaches a form of solipsism.

In the fashion of authors such as Edgar Rice Burroughsthe ti and fourth books are written as if they were Arthur’s journalswith Gurney going so far as to explain in the introductions how he happened to come across the old, waterlogged volumes.

But this book had some of my favorite visuals from the entire series a city built on upended ships??

Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara by James Gurney

Arthur and Will undergo a broad journey, circling the island, as they endeavor to learn the customs and culture of their new neighbors. Although Treetown will always be my favourite Dinotopian village. Meanwhile, Will and Sylvia learn and master Skybax flight. Gideon and his band reach Highnest, where they help the pterosaurs evacuate the eggs, then take to the air atop their pterosaurs to engage the air scorpion. The structure at Bilgewater is also pretty cool.


While not quite as whimsical or compelling as the first two installments in the series — and, granted, I read those at a very malleable and formative age, so OF COURSE they’d be more important to me and leave a bigger impact — Gurney’s world-building, cultural diversity, and artwork remains stunning.

But that’s minor, journeh the book is so fun and full of wonder that dinotopoa really doesn’t matter. Arthur in particular develops an interest in the scientific accomplishments of the natives, which far exceed that of any human culture. These words and sketches are mere glimpses of the wonders I have beheld. Views Read Edit View history.

Arthur kept journals documenting the adventures that he had in Dinotopia, and over time these journals were discovered by a man called James Gurney. Refresh and try again. She is only willing to give it up if she is allowed to accompany Arthur in his expedition, a term that he reluctantly accepts.

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Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara

I may not have gotten the four great Dinotopia books I was expecting, but at least I got two, and this one is even better than the first. Unfortunately, the “story” itself is weak, and at this point I’d rather see the paintings put out as an art collection with captions. I received this book as a present for my birthday. A live-action TV mini-series, a brief live-action TV series, an animated film, and several video games have also been released. First Flightthat I felt bad giving it one star because Gurney’s art is always so good.

Jun 16, Benjamin rated it it was amazing Shelves: After escaping the carnivores, Arthur realizes that the Tyrannosaurus at the ruins may have been guarding the mythical ruby sunstone, and takes his strutter back into the Rainy Basin with Oriana and Bix to discover it. The plot of the main Dinotopia books concerns Arthur Denison and his son, Will, and the various people they meet in their travels in Dinotopia. Together with Bix as a guide and the scandalous Lee Crabb, the group travels to the shady Pliosaur Canal where they board a submersible in order to take an underwater route to the World Beneath.


Arthur recognizes that his son has grown up, and they each accept the changes that are results of their new lives on the island.

This book was one of my sons’ Christmas gifts. Beyond that, something is just wrong with the faces in First Flight. The detailed art is creative and fun. He arrives only to find the island already under attack. Dinotopia 1 – 10 of 16 books. This is Gurney at his best. There are several paintings where the dinosaurs look oddly anthropomorphized in a way they never do in the other books. New book goes back to ‘Dinotopia ‘ “. Retrieved 20 October What a great series that inspires the desire to learn more about dinosaurs and evolution, the love of art, and imagination.

I love Gurney’s paintings. I think I liked it better tha The Dinotopia saga continues in this third book of the so far trilogy. First Flightin exploring a fully rendered world, journdy with its own language, geographic locations and history, and confluence of cultures and characters. dinktopia

As far as I’m concerned, this series is done because Gurney’s art is more than Finally!