Inside-Outside Dinosaurs: Creating a Book with Roxie Munro

December 12, 2020 - April 25, 2021
Central Gallery
Roxie Munro travels back millions of years to explore a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Young paleontology fans will recognize some of their favorite prehistoric creatures, and perhaps discover new ones. In her book Inside-Outside Dinosaurs, Munro alternates illustrations of dinosaur skeletons with vivid primeval landscapes teeming with life. The exhibition reveals the book-making process, featuring preliminary sketches, thumbnails, book dummies, and correspondence alongside the published art. Munro donated all materials related to the publication to The Carle’s permanent collection in 2019. 

What to Expect

This exhibition displays Roxie Munro’s original and preliminary art for her book Inside-Outside Dinosaurs. Copies of Munro’s book, and many other popular dinosaur picture books, are available for guests to read in the gallery. Also on display are fossilized dinosaur footprints, discovered in the Pioneer Valley, and a plaster cast of an Allosaurus footprint that guests may step into. Visitors are invited to decorate Munro’s coloring pages at a table in the gallery.

Illustration of Tyrannosaurus rex walking through landscape.
Roxie Munro, Illustration for Inside-Outside Dinosaurs (Two Lions). Gift of the artist. © 2009 Roxie Munro.
Illustration of skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex.

Tyrannosaurus rex

With 60 sharp teeth and a powerful jaw, the Tyrannosaurus rex could eat 500 pounds of meat in a single bite! It was 40-feet long and its strong legs and powerful tail helped it move quickly. Its arms were small, but had two sharp hook-like claws. The Tyrannosaurus rex lived in the forests of what is now North America, 65 to 85 million years ago.

Roxie Munro, Illustration for Inside-Outside Dinosaurs (Two Lions). Gift of the artist. © 2009 Roxie Munro.
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