The Princess Awesome Book Club Adores "Dinosaur Kisses"!

by Diana Peterfreund

June 05, 2018


Ages 12m-5
Interests: Dinosaurs!!!
Fiction
Picture Book
34 pages
Author and Illustrator: David Ezra Stein

An Interview With David Ezra Stein, author of Dinosaur Kisses

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!

Enter the giveaway!

Stomp, Chomp, ROAR! "Dinosaur Kisses" + Princess Awesome FTW!


Diana Peterfreund

Diana Peterfreund has published more than a dozen novels for adults, teens, and kids, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series (Bantam Dell), the “killer unicorn novels” Rampant and Ascendant (Harper Teen), For Darkness Shows the Stars (a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion), and Across a Star-Swept Sea (inspired by the classic series The Scarlet Pimpernel). Her newest series, OMEGA CITY, is a contemporary adventure novel for younger readers set in a secret bunker city somewhere under modern Maryland. Her works have been named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list, the Capitol Choices (metro DC-area) reading list, and the Texas Lonestar List, as well as having been named to Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. In addition, she’s written several critically acclaimed short stories and a variety of non-fiction essays about popular children’s literature. Diana lives outside Washington D.C., with her family.


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2 Responses

Anya Marsalek Leveille
Anya Marsalek Leveille

June 07, 2018

I love this book! I think my daughter was 3 when we first got it from the library, and as I read it, she was literally rolling on the floor laughing so hard she couldn’t breathe.

Judy Skog
Judy Skog

June 07, 2018

Love the Music video. Can’t wait to get the book next week!

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