Don’t Ask a Dinosaur is about a party that goes wildly awry when a pack of dinosaurs with very unique physical attributes attempt to help set up a birthday party!
Kids are silly! I love to listen to my girls as they play together and make up stories about princesses and dragons or set up a beach getaway in our backyard. There are always elements in their games that mix reality with the absurd that makes it so delightful as a parent to watch. It is why I love getting and reading hilarious books for kids that use the power of imagination. ‘Don’t Ask a Dinosaur’ mixes important themes to kids such as having a birthday party, crazy dinosaurs, unique capabilities of our peers and creating an event that isn’t a complete disaster! The book pulls off balancing ‘plans’ and ‘reality’ of having prehistoric guests at a party that is super fun for readers. I envision many dino parties happening in my backyard this summer!
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Written in a masterfully-executed rhyme, the book presents a cavalcade of lesser-known dinos and pairs their odd characteristics with little tasks that are hilariously impossible because of those features. “Don’t ask Deinocheirus to set the forks and spoons,” because his hands were enormous, “Therizinosaurus cannot blow up balloons,” because he had very long claws. In the end they find the one thing everyone can help do is to blow out the candles on the cake…but will it create yet another mess?
About the Authors: Deborah Bruss didn’t discover her passion for writing until she had read thousands of pages out loud to her own children, and wrote a story for her young son who was obsessed with wolves. She is the author of Book! Book! Book! (Scholastic, 2001), Big Box for Ben (Star Bright, 2011), a contributing author to the non-fiction series, America’s Notable Women, and the upcoming Good Morning, Snowplow! When Deborah couldn’t sell her story titled, Don’t Ask a Porcupine, she invited dinosaurs and a poet/friend to join in the mayhem. Thus, Don’t Ask a Dinosaur was born. Deborah lives in Concord, New Hampshire with her family and a squirrel-chasing rescue dog, and loves spending time with her grandchildren.
Matt Forrest Esenwine’s children’s poetry can be found in numerous anthologies including J. Patrick Lewis’ The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015), Kenn Nesbitt’s One Minute till Bedtime (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016), and Lee Bennett Hopkins’ School People (Boyds Mills Press, 2018), as well as Highlights for Kids magazine. Meanwhile, his debut picture book, Flashlight Night (Boyds Mills Press, 2017), received critical praise across the country and was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the Best Picture Books for Kids of 2017. Born just outside of Baltimore, MD, Matt lives in Warner, New Hampshire with his wife and kids.
About the Illustrator: Louie Chin was born in New York City. His comics and illustrations have appeared in a variety of publications and projects, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, and Nike. Louie is especially happy to illustrate this book, since he spent hours reading the dinosaur edition of Childcraft as a kid, being fascinated, yet scared learning about them. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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