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Children's Fiction Pre-confederation (to 1867)

Danger, Dinosaurs!

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

illustrated by Dean Griffiths

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2016
Pre-Confederation (to 1867), Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
Recommended Age
6 to 9
Recommended Grade
1 to 4
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2016
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2007
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Since discovering the Canadian Flyer, a magical time-traveling sled, in Emily’s attic, Matt and Emily have met fearsome pirates in Frobisher Bay. In Danger, Dinosaurs!, Emily and Matt are off to the Cretaceous period in the Alberta Badlands to fulfill every child’s fantasy of getting up close with a dinosaur. Maiasaura, Lambeosaurus, and T-rex, oh my! In this, the second book in the popular Canadian Flyer Adventures series, author Frieda Wishinsky weaves well-researched and accurate historical facts into her compelling, kid-friendly storytelling, while Dean Griffith’s evocative illustrations situate readers perfectly in place and time. At the end of their adventure, Emily and Matt share additional facts about dinosaurs and dinosaur hunters, and Wishinsky gives additional facts here too, in an informative Q&A format.

About the authors


Frieda Wishinsky
est l'auteure de plus de 40 livres pour enfants. Parmi les ouvrages déjà
parus, on peut citer, entre autres,

Ounga Bounga, Tu es méchante Lily-Ange!, Le sac à main de la reine,
Canada en vedette

et les romans de la série Catastrophe! Elle vit à Toronto, en


FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written over seventy books for children, including Oonga Boonga; You're Mean, Lily Jean; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award winner Please, Louise!; the middle-grade series Survival, and the non-fiction books Explorers Who Made It . . . or died trying; Everything but the Kitchen Sink and Colossal Canada. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband. Visit her online at

Frieda Wishinsky's profile page

Dean Griffiths is a popular picture book artist with more than 25 titles to his name. His many awards include the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book Prize for Maggie Can't Wait and the Chocolate Lily Award for Ballerinas Don't Wear Glasses. Dean's 2012 title Lumpito and the Painter from Spain has been nominated for the SYRCA Shining Willow Award and was a Bank Street Best Book. His most recent book is When Emily Carr Met Woo. Dean lives in Duncan, British Columbia, with his daughter.

Dean Griffiths' profile page


  • Commended, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Top 10 Great Books

Editorial Reviews

This wonderful new Canadian historical adventure series combines magic and history to whisk young readers away on adventure…A fun way to learn about Canada’s past.

BC Parent

What child can resist a great adventure? Add in the element of time travel and you have a sure winner on your hands! […] Our youngest generation can learn for themselves that Canadian history is NOT boring…and have lots of fun along the way.

Canadian Children's Book News

Short chapters, exciting topics and lots of adventure make this an ideal series for newly independent readers. Fans of the Magic Tree House series will devour this Canadian alternative.

Toronto Town Crier (The Flying Dragon Bookshop Recommends…)

The Canadian Flyer Adventures…impart Canadian facts and history, while telling an exciting story…[Readers] will enjoy these stories and learn something about Canada while doing so!

Quebec Home & School News

Frieda Wishinsky succeeds in transporting the reader back in time with her new Canadian Flyer Adventure series. This reviewer gives this new historical time travel series 5 magical stars.

Sarah’s Stars

The books are fun to read, full of adventure and provide just the right amount of Canadian history without feeling like a school lesson…Boys are sure to especially love the illustrations of the ferocious-looking T-rex chasing Emily and Matt across the pages…Highly recommended.

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

…will appeal to all budding Paleontologists and the appended fact sheets will support school projects and further reading. A terrific new series addition for all collections.

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Librarian Reviews

Danger, Dinosaurs! (Canadian Flyer Adventures #2)

What child can resist a great adventure? Add in the element of time travel and you have a sure winner on your hands! In Frieda Wishinsky’s new series, Canadian Flyer Adventures, two young friends, Emily and Matt, are exploring Emily’s attic when they come across an antique sled. They soon discover that it will magically transport them to a destination of their choice, depending on which artifact they select from an old mahogany dresser in the attic.

In the first book, Beware, Pirates!, Matt and Emily ride the sled back to 1577, and end up aboard the privateer Martin Frobisher’s ship in the Arctic. There, they help an Inuit boy rescue his friend, who was taken prisoner by Frobisher. In Danger, Dinosaurs!, the second book in the series, Emily’s reluctance to explore the Late Cretaceous Period turns out to be well founded, as she and Matt have to contend with several dinosaur encounters – including a close call with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. In the third book, Crazy for Gold, the friends meet a girl named Isabel and travel with her family along the Chilkoot Pass to Dawson City, as they search for gold during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898.

Each book in the series follows a consistent format, and the adventure begins in the first few pages. Young readers will find the characters of Emily and Matt appealing because of their spirit of adventure and curiosity. Consistent in all the books, too, is the characters’ realistic dialogue – the pirates, for example, give Matt “the creeps”. Young readers will enjoy these books because of the non-stop adventures, but they will also learn a few facts about each place or event along the way. For example, in the first book, Matt and Emily discover what tundra and umiaks are, and discuss the fact that Iqaluit used to be called Frobisher Bay. These educational tidbits are nicely worked into the story and do not seem intentionally instructive.

Precocious 6-year olds will be captivated by these adventures, but the series seems best suited to 7- and 8-year olds. The length of the stories, type size and vocabulary are perfect for this age group. Dean Griffiths’ illustrations appear every few pages – many fill a whole page – which adds interest and assists newly independent readers to understand the text. Wishinsky incorporates further historical facts at the conclusion of each story, cleverly written as though Emily and Matt were sharing their favourite facts. There is still additional information, for extremely curious youngsters, in a reader-friendly question-and-answer format.

The Canadian Flyer Adventures series is not dissimilar to the wildly popular Magic Tree House series – except here, the adventures take place in the Canadian past. Our youngest generation can learn for themselves that Canadian history is NOT boring… and have lots of fun along the way.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Fall 2007. Vol.30 No.4.

Danger, Dinosaurs! (Canadian Flyer Adventures)

Matt and Emily travel back in time on a quest to see dinosaurs. Each amazing encounter with the dinosaurs they meet is beyond anything they could have imagined. Join them… if you dare! Includes illustrations and facts about dinosaurs. Book Two in the series.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

Other titles by Frieda Wishinsky

Other titles by Dean Griffiths