Added by 1 of our members. Artist and author James Gurney escorts readers - adults and children alike - to the wondrous lost island of Dinotopia, an enthralling world of art, science, exploration, and invention in which humans and dinosaurs live peacefully together. In the spirit of Marco Polo and Gulliver's Travels, Journey to Chandara recounts the adventures of explorer Arthur Denison and dinosaur Bix through the exotic eastern realm of Dinotopia. Now Professor Denison and his saurian companion, Bix, set out on a perilous journey to the long-forgotten empire of Chandara.
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Preview — Dinotopia by James Gurney. Critics have gushed over Gurney's phantasmagorical creation, likening him to such venerated literary fantasists as Jules Verne, Wells, and J. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dinotopia , please sign up. Can you read the these books out of order?
Just purchased the fourth book for my nephew at the Library sale, didn't realize it was a series. See 1 question about Dinotopia…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara.
Dec 05, Alec Longstreth rated it it was amazing. With this fourth installment, the series is redeemed! Once again I was floored by Gurney's beautiful illustrations, and the world building that he did in the first two books remains intact here. So many wonderful drawings, maps, diagrams and characters to enjoy. Jun 12, Drew Graham rated it really liked it Shelves: me. The Dinotopia saga continues in this third book of the so far trilogy.
Arthur Denison's travels and study of the land apart from time leads him to the eastern city of Chandara, by special permission and invitation of Emperor Hugo Khan. Every time I finish one of these books I discover the existence of a sequel! It's kind of amazing how that keeps happening. I fully expect to learn there's a fourth any day now. Anyway, this was a nice chapter in the Dinotopia story.
I think I liked it better tha The Dinotopia saga continues in this third book of the so far trilogy. I think I liked it better than the second one, but not as much as the first, though they're all pretty equal overall.
The same pros and cons appear in this book: The art is as nice as ever, and the story is likewise as flimsy as ever. Sometimes I think he would have done better just putting together a book of illustrations that tell the story, and let the images do all the talking, a picture being worth a thousand words and all that.
But I guess it's nice to have a narrator giving a little bit of a voice to the world. Arthur Denison continues to be utterly amazed and awed by everything he sees, but I could do without Lee Crabb completely, his presence as a pseudo-villain in each book is unfulfilling and therefore quite pointless. But this book had some of my favorite visuals from the entire series a city built on upended ships?? I also always like to go through and translate all the signs and other text written in the saurian language, and the detailed map is another nice addition.
This third book in the series of illustrated novels is a nice addition to the saga. Arthur Denison's devotion to chronicling the sprawling world of Dinotopia and its cultures and citizens is a visual feast, if still as ever lacking a little in depth of story and development of character.
But again, that's not really the point. The detailed art is creative and fun. Dec 10, krad rated it liked it Shelves: coffee-table-art-books , fiction. Books like these are always so difficult to review - on one hand, without childhood nostalgia, the story itself shows On the other hand - gosh dang is that art as breathtaking as it's ever been with the lighting, the constant ability to hint at worlds beyond, at "dissecting" marvelous worldbuilding for us to see Gurney is a master of the arts who clearly delights in sharing his imagination with us - kind, earnest, with Books like these are always so difficult to review - on one hand, without childhood nostalgia, the story itself shows Gurney is a master of the arts who clearly delights in sharing his imagination with us - kind, earnest, with a genuine curiosity that goes a long way.
The fact that he's come back for the fourth time to show us more, with all the time and sweat spent on the artworks - I have a hard time critiquing that. Jun 15, Jen Pritchard rated it liked it. Wouldn't it be great if the world was like Dinotopia - where people and animals live in perfect harmony helping and learning from each other and respecting the wonders of the environment. This book is not my favourite of the series, but I still enjoyed it.
I particularly love the tranquility and beauty of the windmill village. The structure at Bilgewater is also pretty cool. Although Treetown will always be my favourite Dinotopian village. Jun 18, papasteve rated it it was amazing.
This book brought the point home to me how important it is to travel. Further, to travel not to just see new places but to meet people and grow in an understanding of each other. In each place Denison visited, he stayed for some time getting to know the culture, the people, the climate of a place. To travel at an unhurried pace, not worrying how fast it is taking to move from point A to point B, is the ideal way to travel.
Sep 01, Beka rated it really liked it. I thought I'd read this before, but after getting it for Christmas and reading it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was all new to me. I enjoyed another interesting look at one of my favorite fictional countries.
Mar 17, Nick Frost rated it really liked it. Set in Arabia. Read for the first time as an adult. I liked it. Jul 06, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , picture-books.
After a book that didn't live up to expectations , and a book that was an utter failure , Gurney has finally gotten back to the magic that defined the first Dinotopia. First of all, let's talk about the art. I mentioned in my review of the last book, Dinotopia: First Flight , that I felt bad giving it one star because Gurney's art is always so good.
While that's still true, the difference in quality between the art in that book, and the art in this one, is definitely noticeable to me now. The paint After a book that didn't live up to expectations , and a book that was an utter failure , Gurney has finally gotten back to the magic that defined the first Dinotopia.
The paintings in First Flight look so much rougher, and plainer, in comparison. While all of his art is great, you can definitely tell which paintings he went the extra mile for. They just have so much more detail, are more polished, and have fewer noticeable sketch lines.
While there are a couple nice, big, full-spread paintings in First Flight , they all have at least some part of them that looks rough and lacks detail. There's no show stoppers like there were in the first book and here in Chandara. Beyond that, something is just wrong with the faces in First Flight. I mean, just look at the cover for a perfect example. It's not just human faces either. There are several paintings where the dinosaurs look oddly anthropomorphized in a way they never do in the other books.
Their faces are human-like, the way they would be in some crappy Saturday morning cartoon show. This book, in contrast, contains Gurney's best art in the entire series. Every page is a treasure. It even shows up the first book, which bears a lot of rough sketch marks itself. A side-effect of being first and of not knowing how successful it would become, I imagine.
Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara
Journey to Chandara
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