The Last Surviving Dinosaur: #RWYK Certified Great Read

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#RWYK Great Read #Review – The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris by Steven Joseph

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We’re ELATED to present to you our brand NEW Certified Great Read, The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TryantoCrankaTsuris by Steven Joseph.

This book is dedicated to Steven’s daughter Vita who should always pursue her dreams, and to his Mom, who passed away in 2017, and was a Holocaust Survivor.

Read on to learn all about this wonderful book that teaches kids to acknowledge and embrace their own crankiness, especially with a bit of humor!


Let’s have a look at the Book Blurb

The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris

The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsurisMany people grew up believing that dinosaurs became extinct when the Dark Ages arrived, but that’s only partly true. Yes, the Dark Ages did come, but one cranky dinosaur survived and became mankind’s oldest ancestor: the TyrantoCrankaTsuris. In this playful, imaginative tale that draws inspiration from Jewish culture, author Steven Joseph reminds children and adults alike that we all have a little TyrantoCrankaTsuris in us and encourages readers to balance their woes with the positive things in life in pursuit of a happier world.

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Our Review

The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris” is a charming picture book written by Steven Joseph and illustrated by Andy Case. Joseph has taken inspiration from the Jewish culture and has introduced kids to certain Jewish words such as “Tsuris” (which means problems), “kvetched” (which means “complaining about your tsuris”). The story is also inspired by Joseph’s personal experiences of how he learned to manage his own crankiness as a child.

The Last Surviving Dinosaur follows the story of one cranky dinosaur who survived and became human’s oldest ancestor. She was called…theTyrantoCrankaTsuris!” Kids will not only love all of the different dinosaurs but also the humor they add as they brag about how tough they all are. But TyrantoCrankaTsuris is a clear winner at cranking out the tsuris as her crankiness vanishes all the bigger and meaner dinosaurs.

Joseph’s book is the perfect combination of a popular dinosaur theme paired with a recognizable stage of childhood development.  Like adults, kids want to be understood, but trying to communicate their needs can make them feel frustrated, cranky and unhappy. The Last Surviving Dinosaur is a sweet tale just right for young ones learning to deal with their emotions. The book is not only about overcoming our crankiness, but to embrace our own crankiness, especially with a bit of humor.

Andy Case’s expressive, adorable illustrations complement the delightful and read-aloud text in this book about the importance of taking control of our emotions.

A good lesson for all of us and one that is presented by Joseph with charm and humor.


***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Steven Joseph for the opportunity to read and review his wonderful book. Please be assured that our opinions are honest.


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