No Scarysaurus dinosaurs here! Just friendly ones.
The fourth film in the Jurassic Park film saga - Jurassic World - will hit theatres on June 12th. It's rated PG-13, and if your kids are anything like 8-year-old me (Miss Amy aka AmySaurusRex) back in 1993 when the first Jurassic Park movie came out, they are begging to see it. I can confirm that despite my crying, pleading, and reasoning, my practical mother did not take me, as she had deemed the book "too scary" and concluded that the film would be, too. Instead we settled on seeing Hocus Pocus (in case you're curious about what other movies came out in 1993, see here).
Parents far and wide on the internet have posed questions about when their children will be old enough to watch the film, and whether or not they should let their toddlers see the 1993 version. In fact, a 1993 article in the Los Angeles Times titled "Scarysaurus" proclaimed that the production studio behind the film strongly advised parental guidance. MCA Motion Picture Group Chairman Thomas J. Pollock said "[Jurassic Park] will be too intense for some children, but that doesn't mean it's too intense for all children."
So what does that mean for parents? Well, use your discrection. Common Sense Media recently reviewed Jurassic World, and proclaimed that it would be suitable for children ages 12+. As parents, you know your child's imaginative limits, and will be the best judge on whether your child should see realistic (albeit extinct) dinosaurs running wild and wreaking havoc.
In the meantime, we've rounded up some of the wildest dinosaur books we have here in the Children's Library and created this handy booklist for budding paleontologists and archaeologists alike.