Matt Forrest Esenwine, Deborah Bruss, & Holly Thompson

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?


After his father dies, Kai experiences all kinds of emotions: sadness, anger, fear, guilt. Sometimes they crash and mix together. Other times, there are no emotions at all--just flatness. As Kai and his family adjust to life without Dad, the waves still roll in. But with the help of friends and one another, they learn to cope--and, eventually, heal. A lyrical story about grieving for anyone encountering loss.


Matt Forrest Esenwine has had several adult poems published in independent collections around the country, and in 2012 his poem "Apple-Stealing" was nominated by the Young Adult Review Network (YARN) for a Pushcart Prize. Meanwhile, his children's poetry can be found in numerous anthologies including Kenn Nesbitt's One Minute till Bedtime, Lee Bennett Hopkins' Lullaby and Kisses Sweet, and J. Patrick Lewis' The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry, among others, as well as Highlights for Kids magazine. Born just outside of Baltimore, MD, Matt lives in Warner, NH with his wife and kids.

Some children know what they want to be when they grow up. Not Deborah Bruss. Her passion for writing did not develop until after she had read thousands of pages out loud to her two boys. Once she discovered a love of writing for children, her career took off. She has written humorous, educational pieces for a newspaper on subjects ranging from a porcupine bent on revenge and some seasick children on a whale watch, an award winning picture book, and a board book too. For six years she also worked as a librarian at a small public elementary school, and is also collaborating on an historical fiction middle grade novel. In 1999, Deborah, her husband and two sons adopted two girls. All of her children have grown up. She now lives in Concord, NH, with her husband and rescued-dog.

Holly Thompson was raised in New England and earned a MA in English from NYU's Creative Writing Program. She is the author of Falling Into the Dragons Mouth, The Language Inside, and Orchards. Longtime resident of Japan, she teaches creative writing at Yokohama City University, U.C. Berkeley Extension, and Boston's Grub Street Creative Writing Center. 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
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Porter Square Books
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Cambridge, MA 02140
Don't Ask a Dinosaur Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781576878415
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: POW! - April 17th, 2018

One Wave at a Time: A Story about Grief and Healing Cover Image
By Holly Thompson, Ashley Crowley (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807561126
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - April 3rd, 2018

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