This book got good reviews, and I thought (incorrectly) that Parker might read it, so I picked it up in hardcover. It's a very interesting history of the dinosaurs incorporating current science on them. It provides the current state of the art on fossil discovery, dinosaur evolution and the effect of plate tectonics and climate change, the impact of the meteor that ended the age of the dinosaurs, and the relationship of birds to dinosaurs, which is pretty simple – birds "are" dinosaurs.
If you leave a chicken alone long enough it will turn into a T-Rex. Seriously. It's done it before.