Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Written by Jane Yolen

1 comment:

Jane said...

This is the third of the big books about those dinos. It’s about table manners--the good, the bad, and the ugly ("Does he flip his spaghetti high into the air?") The Scholastic’s marketing staff, as well as my indefatigable editor, Bonnie Verberg, believe this will be as big as the first book, because as Bonnie says: "Every kid has food issues."

There was some minor league backing-and-forthing with illustrator Mark Teague who felt (quite rightly) that a couple of the spreads were not giving him enough movement. So I rewrote them and he was delighted. But he and I are in a good rhythm on these books now and so we both know what we can and cannot do.

I told the Merry Makers (the plush toy folk) that there was a wonderful dino with a bib on the cover that might make a great companion toy to the first plush they did. Bonnie shot over to them with a copy of the book. Fingers crossed.

For completists: for the first printing, Scholastic produced books with a bonus mini-book attached to the inside of the back cover. The mini-book is the complete MEALS book, about 5 1/2x 6 1/2 inches.

And it has just debuted at #8 on the PW Bestseller list.