Title of Book: Chick-O-Saurus Rex
Time length to read: 3-5 min
Age recommend: 4 and up
Author/Illustrator: Lenore and Daniel Jennewein
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Price: $12.99 (Nook and Kindle Edition) $13.98 (Hardcover)
Today I am excited to share a cute book with you that shows the true meaning of bravery. Chick-O-Saurus Rex, by Lenore and Daniel Jennewein, is about a little chick who wants to come and play in a tree house with little pig, little donkey and little sheep. However, they all tell him he can’t come in the playhouse because he has no bravery because he is a chicken. Little chick is then determined to see what brave and mighty things his family has done. So he goes to his parents searching for answers. His dad shows him the things Chickens have done in the past. From chickens crossing the road, to the chicken dance. As he is searching the album, he is surprised to find one of his relatives digging up…what appears to be a big bone. Little chick then comes to find out that he come from an ancestor of a dinosaur…and not just any dinosaur, the T-Rex! Determined to go show little sheep, little pig, and little donkey how the chicken his mighty and brave, little chick finds them all trapped in their tree house by a wolf. Without any fear, little chick scares off the wolf. Little sheep, little pig, and little donkey then see how brave little chick is and start to accept everyone in the tree house.
I loved this book, it shows children that bravery can come from anywhere and to never let others bring you down. It also teaches children to not judge others because you might not know who they truly are. The story line is easy for kids to read and makes a great story for reading to children. The illustrations fit the story very well, the bright colors, fun pictures and scenery will draw readers eyes to the pictures instantly. Be prepared to have your kids wanting to read this fun book over and over again!
If you are looking for a good book with great learning values, a great story with cute illustrations, I would definitely recommend this book. It will become a favorite in your homes and schools.
Want to get to know Lenore and Daniel Jennewein more? Check out my interview with them below!
Author Interview with Lenore and Daniel Jennewein
Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves?
We’re a husband/wife illustrator/author team living in Frankfurt, Germany with our three cats. Daniel also does commercial illustration and Lenore also writes YA novels under the name Lenore Appelhans, including LEVEL 2, now called THE MEMORY OF AFTER.
What do you do when you are not writing/illustrating?
We both work from home, so the lines between working and not working are often blurred. But we both like to take nature walks and to travel. Lenore reads a lot (and posts her thoughts on http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com) and Daniel goes to the zoo every Friday to draw the animals. We also watch TV and DVD and our current obsessions include Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.
What inspired you to write and illustrate your first book?
We met at an advertising agency where Lenore was a copywriter and Daniel was a graphic designer. Daniel used to draw the most hilarious illustrations of coworkers, and we batted around the idea of doing a book together. Finally, one year we took 2 weeks of vacation to develop our first picture book. Though that one didn’t go anywhere (nor did our next two), it did prompt us to join SCBWI, which has been invaluable to our careers.
How did you come up with the title?
The title for this one was super easy – in fact, when Daniel first told me that chickens were the closest living relatives to the T-Rex, I just blurted out “Chick-O-Saurus Rex” and a book idea was born.
Where do you get your ideas?
Picture books are super hard because they need to have a hook and zing. We’ll have brainstorming sessions, but most of best ideas seem to just hit us like lightning. I wish it would happen more often!
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
We’ve been signing copies of CHICK with the line “Release your inner roar!”. We love that the book is about discovering your inner courage and rising to the occasion.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Every book you encounter leaves a mark on you somehow. A lot of that is unconscious, but I think reading is one of the most important things a writer can do. In order to produce good creative output, you need such a great breadth and depth of input.
Do you have any advice for other writers or illustrators?
We meet so many people who say they’d love to write and/or illustrate a book “someday”. Make that “someday” now – no excuses!
Check out the book trailer for Chick-O-Saurus Rex below!
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