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When a Tyrannosaurus Rex is separated from its family unit, it embarks on a harrowing journey to reunite with them before the raw, real dangers of the Cretaceous Era separate them for good. This heart-wrenching story takes to the skies and dives into the sea—and explores everywhere in between—in this research-based, fictional account written and illustrated by Tadd Galusha When a Tyrannosaurus Rex is separated from its family unit, it embarks on a harrowing journey to reunite with them before the raw, real dangers of the Cretaceous Era separate them for good. This heart-wrenching story takes to the skies and dives into the sea—and explores everywhere in between—in this research-based, fictional account written and illustrated by Tadd Galusha (TMNT/Ghostbusters 2).


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When a Tyrannosaurus Rex is separated from its family unit, it embarks on a harrowing journey to reunite with them before the raw, real dangers of the Cretaceous Era separate them for good. This heart-wrenching story takes to the skies and dives into the sea—and explores everywhere in between—in this research-based, fictional account written and illustrated by Tadd Galusha When a Tyrannosaurus Rex is separated from its family unit, it embarks on a harrowing journey to reunite with them before the raw, real dangers of the Cretaceous Era separate them for good. This heart-wrenching story takes to the skies and dives into the sea—and explores everywhere in between—in this research-based, fictional account written and illustrated by Tadd Galusha (TMNT/Ghostbusters 2).

30 review for Cretaceous

  1. 4 out of 5

    Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

    Eat or be eaten. Survival of the fittest... Life during the cretaceous period belonged to the giants at large or the smaller vicious ones stealing and vying on prey in groups. Cetaceous opens with a T-Rex hunting in a brutal scene for the next family meal. With dangers looming in every corner and vegetation, there are always those who will try to surprise attack for the next meal. As the reader follows this wordless graphic novel solely on illustrations, it speaks volumes about survival of the fi Eat or be eaten. Survival of the fittest... Life during the cretaceous period belonged to the giants at large or the smaller vicious ones stealing and vying on prey in groups. Cetaceous opens with a T-Rex hunting in a brutal scene for the next family meal. With dangers looming in every corner and vegetation, there are always those who will try to surprise attack for the next meal. As the reader follows this wordless graphic novel solely on illustrations, it speaks volumes about survival of the fittest no matter on which side you stand. Sympathy is to be gained for either of those creatures as they are purely following instincts to survive. The circle of life is illustrated and completed with other non-reptile species that play along the sideline. The colors and graphics are definitely gorgeous whilst brutal but not gross. A nice visual to read over and over to admire the artwork while envisioning a glimpse of what it could have been during that time. No specific age of audience is suggested for this graphic novel. To be safe I’d recommend mature upper elementary and up. There is a nice guide of the featured dinosaurs in the back of the graphic novel. Enjoy! Pictures are on my blog. https://scarlettreadzandrunz.com/clas... I received a digital copy of the novel from Netgalley n exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    Not a word of dialogue, but so much was said. The pages of this graphic novel are a wonderful yet extremely bloody depiction of what life could had been in the times of the terrible (deinos) lizards (saurus): the Cretaceous. As we follow a mama T-Rex while hunting for her youngsters, we encounter triceratops bulls fighting for dominance, then being chased by a band of hungry raptors. Keeping away from the drama, Mama reaches her nest with still enough of her meaty cargo to feed all the little on Not a word of dialogue, but so much was said. The pages of this graphic novel are a wonderful yet extremely bloody depiction of what life could had been in the times of the terrible (deinos) lizards (saurus): the Cretaceous. As we follow a mama T-Rex while hunting for her youngsters, we encounter triceratops bulls fighting for dominance, then being chased by a band of hungry raptors. Keeping away from the drama, Mama reaches her nest with still enough of her meaty cargo to feed all the little ones, but what seems like a happy ending is just the start of a desperate fight for survival: the smell of fresh blood has attracted a group of Albertosaurus, and they are not afraid of mama T-rex. Now is up to papa to rescue what’s left of their litter. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. As I first said, there’s no dialogue and only a few words here and there, but the tension and the story are as strong as if we could understand the thoughts of the reptilian protagonists. The drawings are really good. Tadd Galusha surely spent a lot of time researching the creatures he wanted to depict, and it shows, in the life like sequence and dynamism of the frames. He took his liberties in putting so many species in such close quarters. But hey, this is fiction, so I won’t hold the academic departure against him. Interestingly, looking at the frames I wondered if mammals, who made an appearance or two, could had made to the top of the food chain without the help of that faithful meteorite. A must read if, like me, you’re fascinated by dinosaurs. Just one word of advise, because there are not words even the youngest of children can follow the story, but some of the pictures are perhaps too violent for them. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ⚔ Silvia ⚓

    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. If this review was a flow chart, and I asked you, "Do you like dinosaurs?" and your answer was Yes, then there'd be a handy arrow that would point you to the option "read this graphic novel". If you've ever seen illustrations of a dinosaur and the first word out of your mouth was "COOL!!!!", then this book is for you. Maybe I'm a little dramatic or maybe my whole childhood I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. If this review was a flow chart, and I asked you, "Do you like dinosaurs?" and your answer was Yes, then there'd be a handy arrow that would point you to the option "read this graphic novel". If you've ever seen illustrations of a dinosaur and the first word out of your mouth was "COOL!!!!", then this book is for you. Maybe I'm a little dramatic or maybe my whole childhood and consequently my whole life has been heavily influenced by Littlefoot's mom's death in The Land Before Time, but when I saw how stunning the title page was (not the cover, which is kind of...not good, compared to the art inside) I didn't even care what the story would be about, I just knew I would love it if the whole book had art Like That in it. And I was not disappointed. The fact that this book has no dialogue in it might make you think it's a children book about cute dinos running about their lives, but I wouldn't say this is for kids. Teens, maybe, if they can handle the gore. But basically, you should only go into this if you're prepared to be the powerless witness to the brutality of a nature without finality or purpose, and leave your own human ideals in the Anthropocene where you belong. This is the Cretaceous, baby.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    no wordings, just amazing art to tell the story. what an amazing artwork!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dana-Adriana B.

    It is a nice wordless comic book about the life of dinosaurs. I don't think the illustrations are for children but the story is about "Let the best win" in this big and dangerous world. Thanks to Netgalley for this copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Valéria.

    They had me at "When a Tyrannosaurus...". So, this, was fucking amazing! It needed no dialogues, sentences, it is wordless, pure and brilliant and I think I am going to read it again, right now. Because, yeah. You could force me to choose in comic book store between any Batman book/Lemire's work/Saga book and Cretaceous, and I would take this without thinking. Twice. Because the dinosaurs. It was action-packed, dark, gory, heartful, emotional - I cried a little for a few times; refreshing, wonde They had me at "When a Tyrannosaurus...". So, this, was fucking amazing! It needed no dialogues, sentences, it is wordless, pure and brilliant and I think I am going to read it again, right now. Because, yeah. You could force me to choose in comic book store between any Batman book/Lemire's work/Saga book and Cretaceous, and I would take this without thinking. Twice. Because the dinosaurs. It was action-packed, dark, gory, heartful, emotional - I cried a little for a few times; refreshing, wonderful, interesting, educational, simply it is definitely a must read if you are fascinated by dinosaurs! The artwork in this is beautifully illustrated. And I'm truly sorry for people who say there is lack of the story. You poor little blind creatures...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vivienne

    I have loved dinosaurs 🦖 since I was a young girl and so was very excited to read this graphic novel written and illustrated by Tadd Galusha. Thank you to Oni Press for making it available via NetGalley as a ‘Read Now’. It will be released in paperback on 26 March 2019. There is quite properly no dialogue as while fictional it is research-based, so don’t expect any anthropomorphic dinosaurs. However, there is the occasional noise illustrated with words. Sniffs and meaty crunches. After setting the I have loved dinosaurs 🦖 since I was a young girl and so was very excited to read this graphic novel written and illustrated by Tadd Galusha. Thank you to Oni Press for making it available via NetGalley as a ‘Read Now’. It will be released in paperback on 26 March 2019. There is quite properly no dialogue as while fictional it is research-based, so don’t expect any anthropomorphic dinosaurs. However, there is the occasional noise illustrated with words. Sniffs and meaty crunches. After setting the scene through a series of violent encounters between various creatures, it provides an account of a T-Rex after they are separated from their family unit and their efforts to reunite by travelling through a treacherous terrain. The illustrations are beautiful though quite brutal in places with plenty of biting and blood. I found that I was especially moved by the mortally wounded Triceratops that seeks out a graveyard filled with the bones of its fellows. I would probably advise that it is one for older children given the level of violence depicted. I would think an excellent tool for teachers covering that period as so many ‘popular’ dinosaurs are depicted. Tadd Galusha concludes with a Cretaceous Field Guide giving details of the creatures and including human silhouettes for scale. Certainly shows that some reptiles and sharks have changed very little. I felt it was excellent and certainly heart-wrenching. When released I plan to buy a copy as it is just stunning.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lukasz

    4.5/5 Awesome. Cretaceous impressed me with a research-based, action-packed and heart-wrenching account of a young T-Rex separated from its family. We follow it as it tries to make its way back to its family.  Galusha showed dinosaurs’ lives and the story through illustrations only. His story needs no words to shine, thrill or terrify. He shows a savage life of the Cretaceous era and pulls no punches. Hunters become hunted, predators become prey. Despite lack of dialogue, the story delivers a genui 4.5/5 Awesome. Cretaceous impressed me with a research-based, action-packed and heart-wrenching account of a young T-Rex separated from its family. We follow it as it tries to make its way back to its family.  Galusha showed dinosaurs’ lives and the story through illustrations only. His story needs no words to shine, thrill or terrify. He shows a savage life of the Cretaceous era and pulls no punches. Hunters become hunted, predators become prey. Despite lack of dialogue, the story delivers a genuine and deep experience. I loved the art that beautifully depicts the harsh, brutal life of when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Galusha brings their world to life and fills it with a sympathetic cast of savage reptilian heroes. A must read. ARC through NetGalley

  9. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    A wordless comic book about dinosaurs going around with their lives. There’s no really story here, more or less just dinosaurs eating and attacking each other. The illustrations were great, but I had trouble finding who the author/illustrator intend to be the readers of this book, because being wordless and basically no story you think about a younger public, but there’s scene that are kind of gore and may not be suitable for kids. So who will or should read it... I’m not sure. Did I enjoy it, y A wordless comic book about dinosaurs going around with their lives. There’s no really story here, more or less just dinosaurs eating and attacking each other. The illustrations were great, but I had trouble finding who the author/illustrator intend to be the readers of this book, because being wordless and basically no story you think about a younger public, but there’s scene that are kind of gore and may not be suitable for kids. So who will or should read it... I’m not sure. Did I enjoy it, yes but would not really recommend it because of its lack of story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη

    Ακόμα κι αν δεν σας πολυαρέσουν οι δεινόσαυροι, αυτήν την απεικόνισή τους θα την λατρέψετε. Γενικά από τα ωραιότερα κόμικ του είδους. Χωρίς άσκοπα πέρα δώθε, με πλοκή και ιστορία που μπορείς να την ακολουθήσεις, με ακριβέστατες (σύμφωνα με τα τελευταία ευρήματα) απεικονίσεις των διάφορων ζώων. Ακόμη και οι επιλογές που έχει κάνει είναι ζώα που όντως έζησαν ταυτόχρονα και στον ίδιο γεωγραφικό χώρο (κι όχι ανακατεμένα πράγματα που απλώς τα αγαπάμε όλοι, αλλά έζησαν είτε 200 εκατομμύρια χρόνια το έ Ακόμα κι αν δεν σας πολυαρέσουν οι δεινόσαυροι, αυτήν την απεικόνισή τους θα την λατρέψετε. Γενικά από τα ωραιότερα κόμικ του είδους. Χωρίς άσκοπα πέρα δώθε, με πλοκή και ιστορία που μπορείς να την ακολουθήσεις, με ακριβέστατες (σύμφωνα με τα τελευταία ευρήματα) απεικονίσεις των διάφορων ζώων. Ακόμη και οι επιλογές που έχει κάνει είναι ζώα που όντως έζησαν ταυτόχρονα και στον ίδιο γεωγραφικό χώρο (κι όχι ανακατεμένα πράγματα που απλώς τα αγαπάμε όλοι, αλλά έζησαν είτε 200 εκατομμύρια χρόνια το ένα από το άλλο είτε 200.000 χιλιόμετρα το ένα από το άλλο). Θα ξαναδιαβαστεί σύντομα και είμαι σίγουρη πως το απολαύσω το ίδιο όπως και την πρώτη φορά.

  11. 4 out of 5

    J.A. Ironside

    Arc provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Rtc

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jess Smiley

    “Cretaceous” is much more than just a cool-looking dinosaur-eat-dinosaur picture book—this is an exhilarating, visceral exploration of the dinosaurs, rodents, reptiles, insects, and marine life of the Cretaceous period by an expert visual storyteller. The stories of Cretaceous predators and prey are conveyed through a series of seamless cinematic transitions through immersive environments and gripping scenes that tug at the senses. The added field guide in the back offers an informative descript “Cretaceous” is much more than just a cool-looking dinosaur-eat-dinosaur picture book—this is an exhilarating, visceral exploration of the dinosaurs, rodents, reptiles, insects, and marine life of the Cretaceous period by an expert visual storyteller. The stories of Cretaceous predators and prey are conveyed through a series of seamless cinematic transitions through immersive environments and gripping scenes that tug at the senses. The added field guide in the back offers an informative description of the biology and territories featured in book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robert Jones

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Honestly when I first requested this book, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I have never read a gra Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 
 Honestly when I first requested this book, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I have never read a graphic novel that tells a story through pictures. I have read a picture book before, but never a book with 160 pages worth of pictures. The cover this kind of a basic designed cover, which could have been better for a graphic novel. ( I am not judging anybody or anyone's financial standards.) 
 I really enjoyed this story that was told. I don't say it often because sometimes you get lost along the way when it comes to picture stories. It actually told a story though, one of a very sad nature. The design of the pictures will leave you speechless. Without ruining anything the ending is one to die for. I would recommend this book to anybody who loves a good story but it is not recommended for anybody 4 & under.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    The artwork, particularly the individual dinosaurs, was really well done. My grievances with this graphic novel lie mostly in how violent the entire book is. Every few pages there is violence/blood/death and I'm just not into that. Honestly it made the book very myopic as it greatly implies the only aspect of dinosaur life is fighting/death. Well, that would make it so that they were the only species to ever exist on this planet to live in a constant state of war. Unfortunately it was obviously The artwork, particularly the individual dinosaurs, was really well done. My grievances with this graphic novel lie mostly in how violent the entire book is. Every few pages there is violence/blood/death and I'm just not into that. Honestly it made the book very myopic as it greatly implies the only aspect of dinosaur life is fighting/death. Well, that would make it so that they were the only species to ever exist on this planet to live in a constant state of war. Unfortunately it was obviously drawn by someone more interested in gore than anything else. Subsequently gore/death is literally the only story to be found here. 1 star rating upped due to the artwork. Disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley & publisher in exchange for an honest review. (They may regret this.) Any and all quotes were taken from an advanced edition subject to change in the final edition.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Cretaceous is a fascinating take on prehistoric life in the day of dinosaurs. Without using any words, Tadd Galusha weaves a story that feels immediately emotional, and genuinely painful at times. I was under the impression when I went into this book that for some reason it was going to be kid-friendly and it definitely seems to be geared more to teens and adults (although kids who like their dinosaur stories with a bit of extra gore and feeling might find themselves enjoying this one, especiall Cretaceous is a fascinating take on prehistoric life in the day of dinosaurs. Without using any words, Tadd Galusha weaves a story that feels immediately emotional, and genuinely painful at times. I was under the impression when I went into this book that for some reason it was going to be kid-friendly and it definitely seems to be geared more to teens and adults (although kids who like their dinosaur stories with a bit of extra gore and feeling might find themselves enjoying this one, especially if they struggle to read usually). At times I found myself having to go over a page a few times to make sure I was seeing everything correctly, but that's more so because I personally need extra time to comprehend images without words. The story itself was really dark and emotional, with a lot of circle of life stuff going on, but as someone who can be emotional about that sort of thing, it definitely had me teary-eyed. The way it veered in between the core story and the big picture was interesting, and I found it especially immersive, although it did make it hard for me to visually follow a couple of times. Artistically, this story was stunning. The dinosaurs were all rendered in an incredibly believable way, and they seemed relatively true in design to what they would have been in real life based on nonfiction I have read. The scenery, in particular, was quite breathtaking. The events often got bloodier than I really anticipated going in, so there were a few scenes early on that had me cringing slightly, but mostly I adjusted to it, I just hadn't expected it. The information section in the back that identified each of the creatures depicted and gave additional information about them was helpful and especially interesting. I didn't expect to see that in the end, but I definitely appreciated its presence. Overall, this is something that I did find myself enjoying a lot, especially once I started really getting into the thick of it. Anyone looking for a believable dinosaur story need look no further.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Originally posted at ragdollreads.co.uk For the dinosaur lover in your life. TL;DR – A superb book about living life, the dinosaur way. Ragdoll Rating: 5/5 Buttons Recommended For: Dinosaur fans, folks who appreciate the comics as a medium About the Book… Cretaceous is my best guess at the perfect use of the comics medium. The story follows a t-rex as he goes about his daily life, doing t-rex things in a t-rex way. It’s full of dinosaurs and drama and it’s super freakin’ sweet. What I thought… The firs Originally posted at ragdollreads.co.uk For the dinosaur lover in your life. TL;DR – A superb book about living life, the dinosaur way. Ragdoll Rating: 5/5 Buttons Recommended For: Dinosaur fans, folks who appreciate the comics as a medium About the Book… Cretaceous is my best guess at the perfect use of the comics medium. The story follows a t-rex as he goes about his daily life, doing t-rex things in a t-rex way. It’s full of dinosaurs and drama and it’s super freakin’ sweet. What I thought… The first thing that needs to be said about this book is it includes no dialogue. Not. One. Word. No speech, no narration, NOTHING. And yet this book is absolutely soaked in drama and emotion. We follow a T-rex, a loving, family-oriented T-rex, who goes out hunting to support its family. But disaster strikes! His partner and babies are slaughtered by opportunistic dinosaurs! Tragedy! What follows is an exploration of life in the past, mixed with a tale of revenge. We also follow a triceratops in its battle for survival. The art in this book is beautiful and so expressive – it moves me better than words ever could. I felt like I had a deep understanding of the characters by the end of this book, and they don’t even have names. Galusha expertly uses his art to tell stories of love, revenge, survival and family, all without saying a word. To top it off, at the back there is a little section telling you what all the creatures were and compares their height to an average human, which was a great touch. Final Thoughts… I loved this book, and if you appreciate the comics medium, you should definitely give it a go.

  17. 5 out of 5

    tony dillard jr

    Cretaceous is a book that is deceptively immature. First of all, the stars of this book are all dinosaurs. Kids of all ages love dinos! Then there’s the dialogue- there is none! Other than the Onomatopœia of the T-rex’s roar and crack of a branch from a stalking raptor, there are no words in this book. Even the fact file of creatures featured in back have very few words. If there ever was a nature documentary on dinosaurs, I would expect it to look just like Cretaceous. The events covered in this Cretaceous is a book that is deceptively immature. First of all, the stars of this book are all dinosaurs. Kids of all ages love dinos! Then there’s the dialogue- there is none! Other than the Onomatopœia of the T-rex’s roar and crack of a branch from a stalking raptor, there are no words in this book. Even the fact file of creatures featured in back have very few words. If there ever was a nature documentary on dinosaurs, I would expect it to look just like Cretaceous. The events covered in this book is some pretty intense stuff. The book is recommended for ages 10-12. Normally, I would point out how a book may even be okay for younger readers. Not this time. The level of violence, as well as how accurate the look of the creatures might actually make this book too scary for younger readers. As research on dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures increases, our idea of what the animals really looked like is evolving. Baby dinos and some predator creatures had wings. This is one of the first non-academic books I’ve come across that actually features that aspect. Even the Jurassic Park trilogy, noted for its realistic depiction of such creatures, hasn’t been able to get that right! Cretaceous was an extremely quick read. But it was exciting, thrilling and at some moments a little tragic. I know it’s still early in the year, but I think Tadd Galusha should be looked upon as candidate of some sort for an Eisner or other literary award for this graphic novel. It’s that well done and that good!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jason Brown (Toastx2)

    Tadd Galusha’s Cretaceous: Unexpectedly heart wrenching When I picked up an advance copy of this (March 2019 release), I grabbed it purely because my elder spawn would love it. I figured it would be good because Tadd Galusha was the driving artistic force, but I had no expectation it would be something I would be more excited about than my dino obsessed kiddo. Cretaceous is the tale of a Tyrannosaurus Rex family. Mother and Father, hunting, get separated- causing one to be slaughtered. Infant T-Re Tadd Galusha’s Cretaceous: Unexpectedly heart wrenching When I picked up an advance copy of this (March 2019 release), I grabbed it purely because my elder spawn would love it. I figured it would be good because Tadd Galusha was the driving artistic force, but I had no expectation it would be something I would be more excited about than my dino obsessed kiddo. Cretaceous is the tale of a Tyrannosaurus Rex family. Mother and Father, hunting, get separated- causing one to be slaughtered. Infant T-Rex stays alive after the annihilation of it’s nest. The remaining T-Rex parent hunts a pack of Albertosaurus Sarcophagus who are stalking the last child The art on this is phenomenal. Wide sweeping two page spreads, unusual (but not overtly artsy) camera angles keep the images interesting. The only text in this book is the occaisional onomatopoeia smacking and crunching through the book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Holly Hughes

    Anyone who knows me, knows that dinosaurs will always hold an extremely special place in my heart. They were the first real thing I fell in love with, and that love has stayed with me for over two decades. So, needless to say, when I saw this was available to read on Netgalley, I jumped! Cretaceous is an absolute treat that explores the cycles of life and death in our prehistoric world. This is a stunning graphic novel, and takes full advantage of visual storytelling: apart from a few roars and s Anyone who knows me, knows that dinosaurs will always hold an extremely special place in my heart. They were the first real thing I fell in love with, and that love has stayed with me for over two decades. So, needless to say, when I saw this was available to read on Netgalley, I jumped! Cretaceous is an absolute treat that explores the cycles of life and death in our prehistoric world. This is a stunning graphic novel, and takes full advantage of visual storytelling: apart from a few roars and sniffs, there are no words. And all the better for it. This story doesn't need words to tug at your heartstrings or make your heart race. The illustrations are detailed, dynamic, and visceral. This one will definitely be added to my personal library upon release!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paul Decker

    *I received this book as an eARC from Oni Press via NetGalley.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* This graphic novel has no dialogue. It follows primarily a t-rex separated from their family. Other dinosaurs are also shown going through emotional experiences. There are power struggles, family dynamics, mourning, revenge, parenting, being alone, and just surviving. All during the Cretaceous period. I give this book a 4/5. The artwork *I received this book as an eARC from Oni Press via NetGalley.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* This graphic novel has no dialogue. It follows primarily a t-rex separated from their family. Other dinosaurs are also shown going through emotional experiences. There are power struggles, family dynamics, mourning, revenge, parenting, being alone, and just surviving. All during the Cretaceous period. I give this book a 4/5. The artwork is breathtaking. It portrays emotion so well for not having any dialogue. It's full of simple stories, but they sure bring the feels. There's also a guide to the dinosaurs at the end of the book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Gettin' all emotional over pictures of T-Rexes. This was a beautifully illustrated, nearly wordless graphic novel. Violent, as life as a dinosaur would surely be, but it's gorgeous. The story, as far as I could tell, follows a T-Rex parent on a search for their baby after the other parent is killed in an Albertosaurus attack. But you get to see a lot of other dinos doing other dino things (usually killing and eating, tbh). Knocked off a star for the difficulty in following the plot, added a star Gettin' all emotional over pictures of T-Rexes. This was a beautifully illustrated, nearly wordless graphic novel. Violent, as life as a dinosaur would surely be, but it's gorgeous. The story, as far as I could tell, follows a T-Rex parent on a search for their baby after the other parent is killed in an Albertosaurus attack. But you get to see a lot of other dinos doing other dino things (usually killing and eating, tbh). Knocked off a star for the difficulty in following the plot, added a star for the spread on pages 46 and 47, the panel design on page 83, and everything after the big T-Rex finds the baby.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Hmmm… Wordless adventure comics featuring dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasties were rather popular back in the 1950s. So I'm a bit loathe to give something so old-hat a great rating, even if this is one of the more sustained dramas to come from the genre. Yes, the colouring is great, the design is kinetic and the sense of scale well-used, but the "pteranodon flies past my research" scenes needed a red pen taken to them, and as I say it has all been done before. I'll be generous and say 4 sta Hmmm… Wordless adventure comics featuring dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasties were rather popular back in the 1950s. So I'm a bit loathe to give something so old-hat a great rating, even if this is one of the more sustained dramas to come from the genre. Yes, the colouring is great, the design is kinetic and the sense of scale well-used, but the "pteranodon flies past my research" scenes needed a red pen taken to them, and as I say it has all been done before. I'll be generous and say 4 stars, for many of the target readers of this won't know the genre's history, and they will find this very dramatic and well-executed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hanna Yost

    These are stunning illustrations. As stated, there are no words except a "burp" or a "roar" here and there. I couldn't really follow any distinct story line as there is apparently supposed to be. I agree with other reviewers that some of the scenes might be a little graphic and scary, but as this is for the dinosaur lovers in your life, I think most young readers whose hands would latch onto it wouldn't mind! That said, I will be giving this to my nephews, age 5 and 3, who I think will love to thu These are stunning illustrations. As stated, there are no words except a "burp" or a "roar" here and there. I couldn't really follow any distinct story line as there is apparently supposed to be. I agree with other reviewers that some of the scenes might be a little graphic and scary, but as this is for the dinosaur lovers in your life, I think most young readers whose hands would latch onto it wouldn't mind! That said, I will be giving this to my nephews, age 5 and 3, who I think will love to thumb through this.

  24. 5 out of 5

    PickyReader

    Wow, my first book review of 2019! 0.0 This was a pretty great book. There was no dialogue (thank God, I'm so sick of juvenile talking animals. Talking dinosaurs? No. Please stop). Overall this plot was very sad. Don't get attached to any of the dinos in here, folks. It's a rough world in the animal kingdom. The illustrations were outstanding. I'm researching everything else this author did because I want more!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caleb Masters

    Tadd Galusha's Cretaceous is a love letter to dinosaurs and the kids (young and old) who love them. Told only through pictures, this graphic novel is a powerhouse of storytelling and the kill or be killed nature of the Cretaceous period. Filled with incredibly detailed art, Galusha's book is sure to delight people who spent hours of their childhood doodling dinosaurs in the margins of their school notebooks.

  26. 5 out of 5

    svnz

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. A graphic novel propelled entirely by the amazing artwork, the story is about dinosaurs and their lives. There are no words in this story which can be both a good and a bad thing. Lack of words make the comic feel flat story wise but the gorgeous art more than makes up for it. It's a nice book to flip through purely to enjoy the artwork.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Brutal. For a book with no words, this story is intense. And bloody. As I assume it is when predator and prey are trying to survive. It’s a little hard to read in digital form when you can’t see the layouts as well. But the art is pretty fantastic, and it’s still a compelling story. Thanks to NetGalley and Oni Press for a copy in return for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Cretaceous is the research-based, action-packed and heart-wrenching account of a young T-Rex who is separated from its parents and must navigate the dangerous world around it. This graphic novel was fantastic but my love of dinosaurs may be the reason for this receiving such a high rating from me. The story is told solely through pictures and it is brutal while also fascinating. The art style is fantastic and you can tell that the artist has thoroughly researched each dinosaur before drawing it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    A Novel Love

  30. 5 out of 5

    Romanoff Parkwell

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