Here they are! Robert Irwin Dinosaur Hunter books 5 & 6 in all their glory! I snapped this photo at my FNMMBS (Friendly Neighbourhood Mega Mall Book Shop) yesterday and I am excited!
I am really, very proud of all of my stories but something about these two really make me smile a little bit. Seeing them in print with their terrific covers was a thrill.
The one on the left is book 5: Call of the Wild. This was to be a book that explored the possible sounds and calls that dinosaurs may have made (perhaps). There is a lot of guess work in the science surrounding this (though we are quite sure they couldn’t roar) and Australia’s Muttaburrasaurus was chosen to be the star of the book.
I gave myself the extra challenge of wanting to set the entire story at night time (for fun and to help it to stand out from the others in the set) and though this at first seemed to be a mistake, it gave way to a clever story. (I’m not biased at all!) How could I make calling and night time integral? By making a juvenile Muttaburrasaurus lost in the dark of course!
Love the illustrations in this one, and Robert’s sketch of the Muttaburrasaurus is really good!
Makes-me-smile-moment: Robert and Riley knickname the Muttaburrasaurus they meet ‘Barry.’
The book on the right is book 6: Dinosaur Champions. For this story I had to introduce the fastest and largest dinosaurs to our readers. But it was insanely tricky to come up with a story that had Robert travelling to three different settings and time periods in one book and do it seamlessly. I hope I pulled it off.
I have always loved that these books are rooted in science and don’t dumb it all down for kids, and I found researching these creatures so much fun! It was also a great story to introduce a lot of personal touches. As a runner I had a lot to draw from as I pitted Robert in training for an athletics meet. As he visits each of the dinosaurs he actually learns something to help him to run faster and stronger.
This book also features a new friend for Robert named Lauren. I named her after someone I know which is what I always do when deciding on names for my stories. It makes the characters I invent feel real to me, somehow, even if this Lauren is nothing like the ‘real’ one!
Makes-me-smile-moment: The Argentinosaurus the boys meet is SO big, Riley dares Robert to do cart wheels under its tummy.
Find these books at your local book shop or online. They are also available as an eBook for all major devices.
If you have read them, let me know what you think – I’d love to hear from you!