Dark Slate Gray Time Flies (Paperback)

Time Flies

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A beautiful, beautiful book. The artwork is breathtakingly beautiful.
Eric Rohmann's Caldecott Honor-winning debut is at once a wordless time-travel adventure and a meditation on the scientific theory that dinosaurs are the evolutionary ancestors of birds.  

Time Flies , a wordless picture book, is inspired by the theory that birds are the modern relatives of dinosaurs.  This story conveys the tale of a bird trapped in a dinosaur exhibit at a natural history museum and how by flying through the skeletal displays, is transported back in time to when dinosaurs actually walked the earth, only to eventually make it back to today's time inside the museum. It's a beautifully composed piece of art that wordlessly conveys it's tale.

The New York Times Book Review called Time Flies "a work of informed imagination and masterly storytelling unobtrusively underpinned by good science...an entirely absorbing narrative made all the more rich by its wordlessness." Kirkus Reviews hailed it as "a splendid debut."  


Caldecott Medal Honor Book



  • Written and Illustrated by Eric Rohmann.
  • Published by Crown Books for Young Readers,  October 15,1997.
  • Age: 3-7
  • 0.18” x 10.91” x 10.03” (0.42 lbs) 32pp.
  • Paperback


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About the Author

Eric Rohmann's first book for children, Time Flies, was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 1995, and was called a splendid debut by Kirkus Reviews.

Eric holds degrees in fine arts from Arizona State University and Illinois State University.  He is a former teacher, and has exhibited his artwork as numerous galleries and museums across the country. Eric is a painter, printmaker, and a fine bookmaker, and he lives outside of Chicago.

Praise For Time Flies

“Unusual perspectives and striking compositions and images make for a dynamic and intriguing book. This title has potential for classroom use—when studying paleontology or evolution, preparing for a field trip, or doing creative writing projects. All in all, a title that children will love.”—School Library Journal

“Awesome is the only word for this wordless picture book.”—Atlantic Monthly

“In beautifully composed spreads, the museum’s glowering sandstone hues are imaginatively played off against the early world’s innocent sky blue and vegetable green, the tiny, lithe bird against the lumbering primeval giants, flesh against bone, shadow against substance. A splendid debut.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred