June 05, 2018
Author and Illustrator: David Ezra Stein
Diana: Hi, David. We are so happy to feature your book Dinosaur Kisses for the Princess Awesome Book Club. Can you tell us what inspired such an adorable and ferocious book?
David: A fellow illustrator asked me to write a book about dinosaurs for his wonderful young daughter. He said he couldn't draw dinosaurs.
I thought that was a fun idea. At the time, my son was about 2, and was very shy. At the park, I noticed that his friends would come running up to him, shouting his name, and practically jump on him, to say hello. So that's where the personality of Dinah came from.
Diana: We love that Dinah is a GIRL dinosaur! Obviously, dinosaurs are for everyone, and its great to see some female representation in the Mesozoic. Why did you choose that and have you gotten any pushback?
David: Yes, I suppose at least half of the dinosaurs were female! Well, the book was written for a girl. And it just worked so beautifully to have a female lead. I was able to include kissing and chomping in the same book, which is way more interesting than only one or the other.
Also it was a lot of fun to draw a yellow Dino with pink spots. That was a character design I'd never seen before. Green gets boring.
Diana: And, the most important question of all: what kind of dinosaur is your favorite, and why?
David: My favorite dinosaurs were Triceratops! They were like big cows with an extra horn. I think I would like to scratch one under its chin.
Check out the fabulous Dinah from Dinosaur Kisses, singing the blues!