Finally! After a year (and more) of work and months of anticipation, I’m able to reveal my newest children’s book: Ankylosaur Attack, from Kids Can Press.
Illustrated by the Junior Skeptic art team of yours truly with Jim W. W. Smith, Ankylosaur Attack is a full-color hardcover storybook about a day in the life of a dinosaur. It’s intended for my youngest audience yet: ages four and up. (It’s approved by my own five-year old, whose discerning taste in dinosaurs is unparalleled.)
Ankylosaur Attack is in stock now at Amazon.com and available for pre-order at Amazon.ca. (The official release date is September 1, 2011. Skeptic.com and most other major North American booksellers will have it in stock in the coming days.)
The most complicated illustration challenge of my career, Ankylosaur Attack took many months to achieve. But it was an absolute hoot to work on. I’m perhaps best known for my non-fiction skeptical writing, but illustration is my first love—and, are not roaring, stomping, fighting dinosaurs the very soul of art?
I’m pleased to say that those long, eye-watering weeks we spent painting thousands of individual scales paid off. “Even by current high standards, the full-spread art is uncommonly photorealistic,” according to Kirkus Reviews. (As I have for previous projects, I’ll reveal a few of our tricks and technical challenges in the weeks ahead.)
For now, I’ll thank the extraordinary Jim W. W. Smith for his 3D-modeling genius, my incomparable editor Valerie Wyatt, and all the wonderful people at Kids Can Press—and then leave you with this promotional copy:
This mind-blowing feast for the eye uses photorealistic, computer-generated images to illustrate what dinosaurs might have looked like in their natural environment. Complementing the extraordinary images is an exciting, natural history-inspired story about a young ankylosaur (a plant-eating, heavy-plated dinosaur) living along the lush banks of a lake. When he encounters an old ankylosaur, he gently endeavors to make contact, only to be rebuffed. Then a T. rex attacks, and old dinosaur is in grave danger. Will the T. rex triumph? It looks that way, until the young ankylosaur comes to the rescue, tail club swinging. Ankylosaur Attack is book one in the “Tales of Prehistoric Life” series. Dramatic stories + eye-popping visuals = a surefire hit with young dinosaur lovers.
- Reading level: Ages 4 and up
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Kids Can Press (September 1, 2011)
- List Price: $16.95 US / $16.96 CDN