Tells us a bit about Dogosaurus Rex:
Dogosaurus Rex, written by me and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, is about a boy who adopts a dog, not realizing it’s actually a dinosaur, and all the dino-sized problems that come with having a prehistoric pet!
What are three things Ben is grateful for, and why?
Ben is very grateful for his new “dog” Sadie because she’s the best friend he’s always wanted. He’s also grateful for a very understanding Mom who lets him keep Sadie even after she becomes a bit of a handful. And he’s grateful for the people in his town who eventually embrace Sadie for the lovable “dog” she really is.
As the author, what picture book(s) are you thankful for?
There are so many picture books that I come back to over and over, in awe of how perfectly crafted they are. Those books inspire me to keep striving to do more in my own work. If I had to choose a few, I’d say Bark, George by Jules Feiffer, Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld, and The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska would be on that list.
Please share one person that’s made a big impact on your picture book career.
It’s so hard to choose just one person, but I would have to say my two-year-old daughter. Even though she wasn’t born until after I sold my first two picture books, she’s the reason I want to continue writing them even though I find them so challenging! Seeing her devour books makes me want to keep creating more stories for young book lovers like her.
What are you hopeful for (or looking forward to) in 2018?
Since my next book isn’t scheduled to be published until early 2019, that means 2018 will be a bit of a “gap year” for me. In some ways, that idea terrifies me, but I’m also looking at it as an opportunity. Since I won’t have to spend as much time on publicizing new work, I can experiment with a variety of projects and with different ways of reaching out to and engaging with readers.
Thank you, Anna! Today is the last chance to enter to win Dogosaurus Rex and a number of other picture books through #Thankful4PBs!
Born in Poland and raised in the United States, Anna Staniszewski grew up loving stories in both Polish and English. She was a Writer-in-Residence at the Boston Public Library and a winner of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. Currently, Anna lives south of Boston with her family and teaches courses on writing and children’s literature at Simmons College. When she’s not writing, Anna spends her time reading, daydreaming, and challenging unicorns to games of hopscotch. She is the author of several tween novels, including The Dirt Diary and Once Upon a Cruise, and the picture books Power Down, Little Robot and Dogosaurus Rex. You can visit her at www.annastan.com.