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The First Dinosaur: How Science Solved the Greatest Mystery on Earth Hardcover – Illustrated, Oct. 8 2019

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* "An outstanding case study in how science is actually done: funny, nuanced, and perceptive." ― Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Vibrant and inviting....Both a dinosaur book and a history book, this is a fascinating narrative history."  ―
School Library Journal

“Lendler offers a thoroughly engaging history of myriad milestones that were crossed before anyone could believe in dinosaurs’ existence.” ―

About the Author

Ian Lendler is the author of the award-winning graphic novel series, Stratford Zoo Presents...; the picture books An Undone Fairy Tale, Little Sid, and One Day a Dot; and the middle grade novel The First Dinosaur (illustrated by C.M. Butzer). If he had to be one sort of dinosaur, he’d probably be a chicken (yes, they’re dinosaurs, too). 

C.M. Butzer was raised in a small town, just outside of Portland, Oregon. In 1992 Butzer left Oregon to attend Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where he earned a BFA in illustration. After school he worked for Wizards of the Coast. In 1998 he moved to Florence, Italy, where he met Luigi Galante, who ran a didactic illustration studio. He worked for Studio Galante for nearly five years before moving to New York City to earn his MFA in illustration at the School Visual Arts. In 2009 he published
Gettysburg, his first graphic novel. He taught “Creating Independent Comics” at SVA and is working on new comics, screenprints, and a myriad of thing drawn and printed. Butzer also works as an illustrator, storyboard, and concept artist out of his studio in Hilo, Hawaii. His work has been featured in the Society of Illustrators, American Library Association, and the Graphic Novel Reporter.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Margaret K. McElderry Books; Illustrated edition (Oct. 8 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1534427007
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1534427006
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 835 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 18.26 x 2.03 x 23.18 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Serious Bio:

Ian Lendler is an award-winning author of picture books, non-fiction, and graphic novels. His most recent middle grade non-fiction, The First Dinosaur, was voted Kirkus Best of 2019, an NSTA Best of 2019, an Orbus Pictus Recommended Title, a Crystal Kite Honor, and Cybil Award winner. It was also selected by the Junior Library Guild

His graphic novel series, The Stratford Zoo Presents..., was voted Best of 2015 by a number of state library societies as well as being a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Not so serious Bio:

Ian Lendler is, first and foremost, a person.

After that, the details get a bit sketchy. We're pretty sure he has two arms and two legs. There are rumors of a third thumb, which you may laugh about now but let's see what you think 1,000 years from now when evolution decides that three thumbs is way better because you can use can-openers more efficiently and hitchhike with aplomb and everyone will laugh about the old days when everyone was a "two-thumber."

But I digress.

I am a writer. My books are below. I sincerely hope you enjoy them. Kirkus has called my writing "ridiculously entertaining." My children have called me "embarrassing." Feel free to drop me a line and tell me your thoughts. I live near San Francisco, CA. Thank you for visiting.

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