Wednesday, June 7, 2023

IWSG and today's read... A Very Dinosaur Birthday by Adam Wallace

It's IWSG time! Okay, I'm a little late...and had to add this in today. But I did not forget completely! 

IWSG is an amazing community of writers, which offers support, inspiration, tips, and more. It was founded by the just as amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh and has grown by leaps and bounds in so many ways. Anyway, we meet the first Wednesday of every month in a blog hop and answer a question, add some thoughts, or whatever else hits our writer's hearts. 

A special thanks goes to this month's co-hosts: Patrcia Josephine, Diedre Knight, Olga Godim, J. Lenni Dorner, and Cathrina Constantine!

I'm going to stick with today's question since I am so late, and my writing is a little all over the place at the moment, anyway.

June 7 question - If you ever did stop writing, what would you replace it with?

I don't know. On one hand, it wouldn't be very hard to 'replace' because I do have other interests, but on the other hand, I'm not sure it could ever happen. Writing is like chocolate...I can't live without it, although I eat more at some times than others. If by some impossibility it did happen, I'd probably head stronger back into music and choir directing. I've also had my eye and feelers on two organizations, which support children in our area, and am on the last edge of the fence about joining one of those with heart and soul. But neither of these cancels out writing. Writing isn't something I would ever have to fully give up. Pauses in writing (even over years), sure. But completely give up? Nope, not possible. I should thrown in that writing is not defined as publishing. While publishing does require writing (in the literature world), writing does not require publishing.

Writing is as much a part of me as music or as being around children. I've written since I was 4 or 5 years old. I started my first piano lesson around the same time, too. There have been very few years in my life, where I haven't been around children or worked with them or something along those lines. All aspects are simply a part of who I am. They can't be cut away even if I tried...and why would I?

What about you? What would you do?


Today's read jumps into the realm of dinosaurs, birthdays, and silliness pure. I'm not expecting a ton of seriousness in this picture book, but rather, tons of laughs, giggles, and snorts. Plus, it's supposed to teach a few dinosaur facts along the way. It hits the shelves the end of the month, but we're taking a peek now.

by Adam Wallace
Illustrated by Christopher Nielsen
Thomas Nelson
Picture Book
40 pages
ages 4 to 10

JUNE 20th!!!

Your family will roar with laughter at this funny read-aloud from Adam Wallace, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the How to Catch series. What if dinosaurs showed up at your birthday party? From prehistoric presents to games crashing out of control and your snacks going extinct, it's a dino disaster! Dinosaurs are big, and strong, and scary, and farty, So do you really want them coming to your birthday party? Watch out! Birthdays will never be the same with this silly picture book adventure featuring lively rhymes and hilarious illustrations! 



If you're considering inviting a dinosaur to your birthday party, this books will have you thinking twice.

Without even a breath of introduction, the first page dives right into the silly fun and sets the tone with dinosaurs, birthdays and farts. It's like jumping from nothing into super-hyper drive pure. From one chaotic ridiculousness to the next, the dinosaurs bring unexpected problems to every part of the party. None of this is done with even the slightest hint of malice. Rather, these dinosaurs are cheerful, and pleasant...they simply can't help that not everything runs seamlessly. It's quirky and explosive fun, keeping humor and giggles in constant supply.

The illustrations are bright and bold, letting each situation hit full force. The dinosaurs are recognizable, and this will delight young, dinosaur fans. The author has worked in a few dino-facts along the way, letting readers learn a little despite the chaos. The rhyming style adds to the whimsical atmosphere and, for the most part, flows smoothly. It does make a nice read-aloud and will interest more than just dinosaur friends. Just be ready for more than a few giggles and laughs because this one is anything but a calm read.

And here he is...

Adam Wallace is a New York Times, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of the How to Catch series including How to Catch a Leprechaun and How to Catch the Tooth Fairy! Adam's passion is to bring excitement and energy and humor and joy to children (of all ages!) through his books and videos. He spends his non-writing time thinking about writing and going to as many live music shows as he can. He's also teaching himself piano and plays golf, too.


Natalie Aguirre said...

I use the distinction of writing vs. writing to get published too. I can see myself pausing too but probably not stopping.

This looks like a cute picture book. The illustrations are cool.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I love stories too much to live without them.
Sweet book review!

J Lenni Dorner said...

🍫 Excellent answer to the prompt.
Looks like a really cute book.

I'm co-hosting at the IWSG this month. Did you know that June is Audiobook Appreciation Month?

J Lenni Dorner (he/him 👨🏽 or 🧑🏽 they/them) ~ Speculative Fiction &Reference Author, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, and Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge

Beth Camp said...

I feel exactly the same. For so long, writing has been that respite from all else, and now, the continuing place for drafting, research, and all the rest of messy writing which leads to a story. I also enjoyed that book on dinosauers and wonder if it would match my granddaughter's interests and early reading skills! Thank you!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Choir directing! That's ambitious. Hope you have lots of patience.

Tonja Drecker said...

Natalie - I'm not sure why a person would ever have to stop, either.

Tyrean - Stories are a must in life!

J Lenni - Thanks for the heads-up. I didn't know that.

Beth - Writing and all it involves is a needed escape. As for the book, it is hilarious but readers will need to be fairly solid thanks to the dinosaur names.

Alex - Lol. Actually, I directed both an adult's and kid's for several years (even have educat. + cert.) I'd say kids need more, but it'd be a lie ;)