Saturday, February 24, 2018

Book Review: 'The Dinosaur Who Wanted to Fly' by Tammy Brown Elkeles

Nigerian born Israeli author Tammy Brown Elkeles lives in Tel Aviv. She earned a BA in chemistry and nutritional biochemistry and later studied advertising as well as interior design before studying playwriting and screenwriting. Currently she is assistant director for the documentary Cinema Egypt, assistant editor for a documentary on a rap group, and writer of a documentary for National Geographic. And now she returns to an early passion of writing children’s books. To date she has published seven successful children’s books.

In this book Tammy uses very few illustrations and the artist is not mentioned so the images must be by Tammy herself. The story is longer than most, but a delight to read. Dido is a little dinosaur from long ago who dreams of flying. Not one to give up on dreams, Dido encounters and injured flying dinosaur, offers assistance and food and the two are off on a special journey that has a terrific ending.

Dinosaurs remain a popular story character for children and most assuredly this story of Dido and his plight and adventures will be sure to please all readers. It would be enhanced with more art, but the story is strong and very well written as is always the case with Tammy’s children’s books. Grady Harp, September 15

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