- Used Books
- Staff Picks
- Gifts & Gift Cards
- Sell Books
- Stores & Events
- Let's Talk Books
Special Offers see all
More at Powell's
Original Essays | July 22, 2014 0 comments
The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
Aidan PottsDescribe your new book.
My first book, Uneversaurus, is about dinosaurs and it is written like a story. It tells the tale of how we know what dinosaurs looked like. Like all good stories there is a mystery, there are some things we don't know, and some things we will never know. Dinosaur skin colour has vanished which means we have to be creative and guess what colour it was. The book looks at some of the wonderful colour in nature and invites children to complete the picture we have of dinosaurs by doing some colouring in. I hope this new approach to a non-fiction book will inspire children to look again at those long lost creatures, to discover how we have recreated them and then choose their own colours for dinosaurs. I want them to know that whatever colours they choose, no one can say they are wrong because the colour of dinosaurs has gone.
I'm quite good at throwing things so when we go to funfairs my boys always ask me to have a go. On Bonfire Night (5th November) last year, we went to a stand where you had to knock over 8 cans with 5 balls. The cans looked dented and light but they were actually heavy and the dents were not made by the balls, which were soft and didn't weigh much. The public around the stand were unhappy because no one had won anything, it all seemed very unfair. I threw as hard as I could and knocked all the cans over with only 3 balls! The man running the stand came across and scowled at us but we had won a life size tiger and everyone enjoyed watching him hand it to us. We got a lot of smiles as we walked home taking it in turns to balance the tiger on our heads. When my smallest son Arthur carried it you could hardly see him and it looked as if the tiger was wandering around, a little unsteadily, on its own. The tiger lives at the foot of my son's bed and is called Rocket because bonfire night always has lots of fireworks.
What fictional character would you like to be your friend, and why?
If you could choose any story to live in, which story would it be? Why?
Introduce one other author/illustrator you think people should read, and suggest a good book by him/her.
Describe your most memorable teacher.
Do you read the Sunday funnies, and which are your favorites?
What was your favorite story as a child?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
If you could pick anyone to illustrate one of your books, who would it be and why?