I'm hoping to identify a short dinosaur picturebook for children that would have been available by around 1994 (but was probably written earlier than that). The audiotape read-along version included music that sounded similar to one of the themes for the movie Inception. I unfortunately don't remember much about the plot, though I'm pretty sure it had to do with humans in some way interacting with dinosaurs -- maybe at a mechanized theme park? (I'm almost certain that the book was written long before Jurassic Park arrived.)

  • Do you remember anything about the illustrations?
    – bobble
    Aug 18 at 13:48

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Could this be one of the Dinotopia stories? As far as I can tell, the only one of these available in 1994 would have been the first book, Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time, published in 1992 - notably, before the first Jurassic Park film (1993) but after Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park novel (1990). There was also an audiobook that came out in 1993.

cover of the first book

Humans interacting with dinosaurs, yes. Theme park, no: Dinotopia is an Atlantis-like island where humans and dinosaurs live together peacefully - symbiotically, even. The dinosaurs are intelligent and sapient, not monsters. Mechanised - well, the dinosaurs themselves aren't, but there's some steampunky-type machines featured in the stories:

runaway remora

For me, these books were memorable mostly for their incredibly beautiful illustrations. If none of the pictures in this answer are ringing bells for you, then it's probably not what you're remembering (unless you only had it as an audiobook, of course, in which case you really missed out!)

Will and Bix Oriana Nascavi

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    This looks like an amazing book! While I'm pretty sure it's not mine, I'm glad you shared it. Aug 24 at 7:56
  • @MayorofthePlattenbaus It is an amazing book! I don't remember much about the plot, but the worldbuilding and illustrations were SO beautiful, it's a joy to read.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Aug 24 at 17:09

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