DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
Today's BOOK OF THE DAY has a very special place in my heart because not only have I worked with the author before, but I feel like a proud grandmother having been communicating with him throughout the developmental process of this book. Today's book is called I Want a Tyrannosaurus For Christmas by Max Hawthorne. Does the name Max Hawthorne ring a bell... jing a ling a ling? It should. I introduced Max to you last summer with his novel series Kronos Rising. So, how does a novelist who writes about sharks, write a book for children? Max told me that he penned lyrics from the song All I Want for Christmas is a Hippopotamus and used a Tyrannosaurus from there. One thing led to another and before he knew it, he wrote a children's book.
Here is where the proud grandmother thing comes in for me. I have been with Max through the development of this book. He would send me the text, I'd make suggestions. Then, the fun part began as he hired his illustrator, Bojan Radovanovic, and I got to see how that developed too. The end result is the cutest Christmas book for children, young and old alike. I can't wait to introduce this book to you. It is the perfect Christmas present or stocking stuffer for small children, and certainly holds the potential to become a Christmas favorite tradition to read sitting around the Christmas tree. I know, because my seven grandchildren love it. I mean, come on, what child doesn't what a Tyrannosaurus for Christmas?
From author Max Hawthorne, the award-winning "Prince of Paleofiction", comes an endearing Christmas tale about a lonely child whose life is turned around by, of all things, a dinosaur! Young Billy lives with his parents in the country. It's almost Christmas, his favorite time of year, but Billy is sad. His pet iguana has gone missing, his dad is away on yet another business trip, and he has to protect his friend Javier from bullies at the bus stop every morning. However, things are about to change for Billy. Up at the North Pole, Santa is dealing with an unexpected guest: a mischievous baby Tyrannosaurus Rex named Tyron. When the elves are no longer able to handle the young dinosaur, Santa's head elf, Xavier, decides to give the baby T-rex to a very deserving child -- Billy! Filled with incredible illustrations, a touching story bound to bring a smile to one's face, and a strong anti-bullying message to boot, I Want a Tyrannosaurus For Christmas is sure to be a perennial favorite!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Max Hawthorne was born in Brooklyn and attended school in Philadelphia, where he graduated from the University of the Arts. He is the author of the award-winning KRONOS RISING novel series. In addition to being a bestselling indie novelist, he is a Blog Talk Radio host, a voting member of the Author’s Guild, an IGFA world-record-holding angler, and an avid sportsman and conservationist. He lives in the Greater Northeast with his wife, daughter, and an enormous Siberian Forest Cat who, when he’s not stalking Max’s toes, sleeps on his desk as he writes.
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