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Don't Ask a Dinosaur

Written by Matt Forrest Esenwine and Deborah Bruss & illustrated by Louie Chin
Published by POW! Kids
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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 shouldn’t 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?

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Quotes from This Book

  • “If you’re going to plan a birthday party, stop and think it through - be careful what you DARE to ask a DINOSAUR to do!”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • What would happen if you asked a dinosaur to help plan a party?

  • What is your favorite dinosaur, and why?

  • In the story, what girl’s name is on the refrigerator? Which dinosaur is balancing a spoon on its nose? Can you find the volcano?

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Who Wrote Don't Ask a Dinosaur

Matt Forrest Esenwine
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As a Vermont and New Hampshire radio broadcaster, Matt Forrest Esenwine spent a good part of his time writing and producing commercials and comedy bits. He also wrote poetry, which was published in various national journals and anthologies including the Donald Hall tribute, “Except for Love” (Encircle, 2019).

Little did Matt know all this short-form writing would lead to his debut picture book, “Flashlight Night” (Boyds Mills & Kane, 2017), which received numerous positive reviews including a Kirkus star, and was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the Best Books for Kids 2017. Other picture books include “Don’t Ask a Dinosaur” (POW! Kids, 2018), co-authored with Deborah Bruss, “Once Upon Another Time” (Beaming Books, 2021), co-authored with Charles Ghigna, and others.

Meanwhile, his children’s poetry can be found in anthologies like “The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry” (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015), “Construction People” (Wordsong, 2019) and ‘Highlights for Children’ magazine. Feel free to connect with Matt at

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Deborah Bruss

Some children know what they want to be when they grow up. Not <b>Deborah Bruss</b>. 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.

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Who Illustrated Don't Ask a Dinosaur

Louie Chin
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What Do Critics Say About This Book

  • “The writers artfully incorporate the name—broken into bulleted syllables—of each prehistoric partygoer into the rollicking rhyme, and supply, at the end, a pronunciation guide and a quick descriptive comment.”

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