Autumn 2010 Kids' Next List
“What happens when a very large, ballet loving, dinosaur wants to come to dance class? Well, in this touching book about acceptance, the dinosaur gets to dance, eventually. Brontorina, who even sounds like a dancer”
— Josie Leavitt, Flying Pig Children's Books, Charlotte, VT
From the sure-footed duo of James Howe and Randy Cecil comes a hugely endearing new character -- in a humorous, heart-warming tale about holding on to your dreams. (Ages 4-8) Brontorina has a dream. She wants to dance. But Brontorina is rather large -- too large to fit in Madame Lucille's dance studio. Brontorina does not have the right shoes, and everyone knows you can't dance without the proper footwear. Still, Brontorina knows, deep in her heart, that she is meant to be a ballerina. James Howe introduces a lovable dinosaur whose size is outmatched only by her determination, and whose talent is outmatched only by her charm. Accompanied by Randy Cecil's beguiling illustrations, here is an irresistible story that proves that no problem is too big when the heart and imagination know no bounds.
About the Author
"I have always loved stories about characters who overcome obstacles in order to realize their dreams. once I knew I wanted to write about a dinosaur, the first question was, what impossible thing might this dinosaur want to do? Be a dancer, of course! a ll I needed then was to give her the will -- and the support of others to make her dream come true." James Howe is the acclaimed author of more than eighty books for young readers, including the E. B. White Read Aloud Award-winning Houndsley and Catina and its sequels, as well as the much-lauded series about Bunnicula. He lives in New York State. Randy Cecil has illustrated many books for children, including LOOKING FOR A MOOSE by Phyllis Root, And HERE'S TO YOU! by David Elliott, He is also the author-illustrator of GATOR and DUCK. Randy Cecil lives in Houston.