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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Where Are the Dinos? by Julia Dweck

Hi guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers...the place to be no matter the bookish curiosity you wish to indulge; we understand...BOOKWORMS FTW!  ^_^

Today, we're taking a peak behind the electronic pages of a newish kid lit ebook that's really making its mark.  I mean it is SO BIG...and I'm not just referring to the critters that inhabit it.  It comes to us from author Julia Dweck...recognize the name?  You should.  She's really creating a niche for herself in the ebook world and this being her latest release shows great growth and merit...hence why I am singing its praises.  However, you know you don't have to take my word for it alone...bring on the review!  Today's ebook of choice is...

Illustrated by Bob Ostrom

I don't know how anyone can read through this work and not come out one of several things...educated, entertained or just plain smiling.  If you've ever even had a teeny tiny inkling of interest in dinosaurs, no matter your age, no matter the level of education you've achieved, this ebook is for you.

The rhyming this time around is spot on which nary a break in the prose nor a hitch in the flow (WAY TO GO!).  The story progresses through the curious mind of our lead character at just the right pace...after all, when one has a question about something of interest, does not the mind start piling one on top of the other on top of the other until you've a slew of question marks in search of periods?  Too right...or at least, that's how my mind works.  ^_^  The illustrations...oh the illustrations....TOO ADORABLE!  Yes, I said CAPS.  The combination of word and image creates bookish magic with something to appeal to the senses with every flick of the page (flick, swipe, tap....whatever ebookish action you prefer).  I loved the "tricera-tops" and the "T-wreaks" inquiry, as well as the pondering of dino-mite parties and recreation.  Oh let's face it, I loved it all!

I was always the one to ask the dreaded "why" question when I was younger (and admittedly still to this day) and whether voiced or simply in my head (to which a need for research would be sparked and a trip to our local library), it opened up an endlessly fascinating world.  Having someone patient enough to understand that part of you and satisfy those desires is a wondrous thing (thank you teachers, and thank you MOM!).  Mrs. Dweck makes mention in her "author notes" that she was a curious kid herself but I have it on good authority that she didn't just create this one for the kid in her, but the child in each of YOU.  Yep.  True story.

Last but certainly not least, let's talk extras.  What?  You thought simply because it was an ebook, there wouldn't be any?  Pfft!  There are definitely some great add-ons at book's end that you'll want to take note of.  First, the how-to-draw a dino section with the illustrator!  Too cool and now I can draw a little dino buddy whenever I feel like it.  ^_^  Despite the fact that pen and paper (or crayon and paper) will be required for those on the go, it's a definite plus...unless you want to digitally draw it, then I'm sure your mobile device can handle the request.  Second, "Mrs. Dweck's Fun Facts" highlights a few key points for curious readers while opening the floor up to new questions....LOVE IT!  Last but not least for those readers a little older than "just beginning" there's a word scramble where you can test your dino-mite memory while uncovering words from the book.

Author Julia Dweck
All in all, another release of Jurassic proportions from a kid lit author whose proving herself one ebook at a time.  Mrs. Dweck's work can be counted on to educate, entertain and just plain add a smile to your day...and a little rhyme and meter never hurt anyone.  If you're looking for a dino-mite read to break up the monotony in your day or you've little ones with a curiosity that dives back into days gone by...or maybe even as "prep work" for the release of Jurassic Park in 3D this week...this is definitely a recommended read for you.  Oh and by the case you haven't heard, this title is available for FREE on Amazon TODAY (04/04/13) so head on over to claim your copy now and SPREAD THE WORD!

Special thanks to author Julia Dweck for the heads up on this title and congratulations on the release.  To discover more of Julia's worlds, seek her out at her official websiteYouTube channel, Facebook page, or send her a tweet!  To say hello to the illustrator, check out Bob Ostrom's Twitter feed.  This ebook was released the end of March via Kite Readers.  To find out more about the publisher, stop by their site, like them on Facebook, or look them up on Twitter.

Until next time...happy reading!


Nayuleska said...

I'm smiling just from the cute front cover!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Great review, my son loves all things dinosaurs and even at 20 he would enjoy this!

Felicity Grace Terry said...

Such a great cover. With dinosaurs proving increasingly popular I'm sure this will prove a big hit.

Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds cute! Thank you! :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

The cover is adorable, and sounds like a fun read too. :) Thank you!

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