I have to thank our son Glenn for giving me the inspiration for my first published book. I was a graphic artist in advertising, but I also had a growing love of children's books. Many of my favorite author/illustrators like Leo Lionni, Dr. Seuss, and Bernard Waber, among others, had a connection to advertising.
I came very close to getting my work published, and my dream was to have a book published while our sons Glenn and Eric were still young. Reading books to them inspired me even more.
When Glenn was in the second grade, he came home with a little piece of paper he had written in school. He made three funny wishes. Among them, he wished the dinosaurs would come back to life.
I remember coming home from work with lots of ideas for children's books floating around in my mind. I saw Glenn's paper and I immediately started imagining what it would be like if the dinosaurs came back. The little boy in the book is my son Glenn, and I dedicated it "for Eric, and especially for Glenn who wished the dinosaurs would come back."
On school visits I love sharing my original rough dummy along with changes my publisher asked me to make before they would publish it. (Two publishers had already rejected it, and I sometimes share my rejection letters also). My favorite theme is persistence, and I talk about how I'm glad I didn't give up.
There are so many different versions that have been published including a big book, a mini-book, Japanese, Chinese, French and Spanish language editions, along with many book club editions. It is very gratifying when I see the projects schools do based on If the Dinosaurs Came Back.
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