July 2010 Indie 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.
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
James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including the modern classic "Bunnicula" and its highly popular sequels. In 2001, Howe published "The Misfits", the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school. The Misfits" is now widely read and studied in middle schools throughout the country, and was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week (NoNameCallingWeek.org), an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually. There are three companion novels to "The Misfits" "Totally Joe "(2005), "Addie on the Inside "(2011), and "Also Known as Elvis "(2014). Howe's many other books for children from preschool through teens frequently deal with the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at JamesHowe.com.
Randy Cecil has illustrated many books for children, including LOOKING FOR A MOOSE by Phyllis Root, AND HERE'S TO YOU! by David Elliot, WE'VE ALL GOT BELLYBUTTONS! by David Martin, and MY FATHER THE DOG by Elizabeth Bluemle. He is also the author-illustrator of GATOR, about Duck's friend and fellow carousel animal. Randy Cecil lives in Houston.