about the book
The cave was dark and quiet. Just the way Theodore liked it.
What is all that racket? It’s a bird, a wolf. Theodore is not hungry. He tells them to go away and he will not eat them.
More commotion. Who’s this? A boy playing a knight roars in Theodore’s face. The boy shines a flashlight in Theodore’s eyes and he pokes his snout with a wooden sword.
“That’s it!” snarls Theodore. He is a dragon and he will eat this boy! He chases the boy through a flower patch and suddenly the boy is doubled over in laugher.
It’s kind of hard to eat someone who is laughing, thinks Theodore. Theodore realizes he has a crown of flowers on his head and so does the boy. They both get a good laugh.
about the author
Adam Lehrhaupt wasn’t sure what he wanted to do after high school graduation, so he applied to a school that had classes in the only subject he enjoyed: art. That school didn’t work out too well; there were too many bad critiques, so Adam tried another school, the Tisch School of Art at NYU—and that was a good fit. He learned everything from mask making to stage and film design. During the summers, Adam worked for a lighting company that sent him out touring with bands like the Dave Matthews Band, and Boys II Men.
After graduation from college, he was still unsure of what he was going to do, so he decided to drive around the country. In the middle of the night, his car died, and he woke up the next morning to find that he was stranded in Lake Tahoe, California, where he decided to stay. He taught skiing and snowboarding, laid bricks, and worked behind the scenes at Caesar’s Palace. When magician David Copperfield came to do a show, Adam followed him onto Broadway and on a world tour. For three years he travelled the globe! He’s been to six different continents!
Without a care in the world, David decided to volunteer for an Israeli kibbutz. He farmed turkeys, delivered milk, washed dishes, and helped cook. When he decided to head home, he ended up working next ten years as a senior art director for a huge international company. He currently lives in Philadelphia with his beautiful wife, two awesome boys, and the “most bizarre little dogs that you’ll ever meet.”
Now he is writing full time. His plan was to do the great American novel full of war, politics, and deep stuff, but what came out was a simple poem about a puppy. Now 150 poems, lots of manuscripts and countless edits later, Adam is living the dream, writing more picture books about puppies…and monkeys…and lemurs…and baboons…and alligators…
Also by Adam Lehrhaupt:
Chicken in Mittens. Harper Collins. October 2017.
This Is a Good Story. Paula Wiseman. September 2017.
Wordplay. Arthur A. Levine Books. July 2017.
Chicken in School. Harper Collins. June 2017.
I Don’t Draw, I Color! Paula Wiseman. March 2017.
Chicken in Space. Harper Collins. 2016.
Please! Open This Book! Paula Wiseman. 2015.
Warning : Do Not Open This Book! Paula Wiseman. 2013.
about the illustrator
Scott Magoon was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, but grew up in New Hampshire and Maine. He always liked to draw and was an avid reader. He enjoyed the Hardy Boys, and by second grade, he was writing and illustrating his own mysteries for the school newspaper. He did a weekly comic strip for the Northeastern University newspaper and graduated from the school with a degree in English.
While working as a book designer, Scott doodled some drawings of a really ugly fish for author Kara LaReau, and from those simple line drawings, his career as children’s book illustrator took off. He always draws his characters by hand but colors them on the computer. His studio, a tiny, uninspiring room in his basement, has a work surface, a few filing cabinets, two windows, a fireplace, and lots of spiders!
During the day, Scott works as an art director for Houghton Mifflin, where his office has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a park…and only an occasional spider. After working in such a nice office, Scott says it’s time to update the studio at home.
He lives in Medford, Massachusetts, near Boston, with his wife and two sons. He says it is a good thing he lives near Boston. There are a lot of clams there and he loves clam chowder!
Also by Scott Magoon:
I Have a Balloon by Ariel Bernstein. Paula Wiseman. September 2017.
Nuts : Keep Rolling! (Nuts, Book 3). Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2017.
Nuts : Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants (Nuts, Book 2). Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2015.
The Knights Before Christmas by Joan Holub. Henry Holt & Company (BYR). 2015.
Nuts : Bedtime at the Nut House (Nuts, Book 1). Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2014.
Big Mean Mike by Michelle Knudsen. Candlewick Press. 2012.
Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Hyperion Press. 2012.
If Waffles Were Like Boys by Charise Mericle Harper. Balzer + Bray. 2011.
Otto : The Boy Who Loved Cars by Kara LaReau. Roaring Brook Press. 2011.
Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer. Paula Wiseman. 2010.
Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Hyperion Press. 2009.
Rabbit & Squirrel : A Tale of War & Peas by Kara LaReau. Harcourt Children’s Books. 2008.
The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster by A. W. Flaherty. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2007.
Ugly Fish by Kara LaReau. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2006.
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