Once Upon a Story
December 11, 2013

It’s Wednesday, friends!  Halfway through the week! 

I’m turning the blog over today to my friend Stacy, so that she can introduce you to her debut picture book, Dear Santasaurus, out now from Boyds Mill Press.  Make sure you read all the way to the end of today’s post…Stacy has cookies!



Why I Love the Spinosaurus

by Guest Blogger Stacy McAnulty

My debut picture book, Dear Santasaurus, stars a rascally young dino who writes letters to Santasaurus all year long. Our hero is named Ernest B. Spinosaurus, and he’s (obviously!) a Spinosaurus. Why did I pick a Spinosaurus over a T-Rex or am Ankylosaurus or a Pterodactyl ? Because Spinosaurus is my favorite dino, and here’s why.


1.  I can pronounce the name. Spinosaurus! It’s easy to say, and the dinosaur’s most distinct characteristic is built right into the name. I probably pronounce 3 out of 4 dinosaur names incorrectly. I’m pretty confident I got this one right.


2. The Tyrannosaurs Rex is so last season and over used. When I do school visits and ask the children to name a dino, guess which is always named first and most often. Yep, the T-Rex. He’s the king of dinosaurs, but the Spinosaurus was actually bigger.

[Side note: I do have a t-rex in my book. His name is Ty, and he’s Ernest’s best-friend. However, T-Rex and Spinosaurus lived millions of years apart and in different areas.


3.  I like to tell kids that the Spinosaurus is extinct twice. The most complete Spinosaurus skeleton was destroyed during a WWII bombing in Germany. Drawings remain of that specimen, but nothing else. There are jaw pieces, teeth, and other random Spinosaurus fossils housed in collections around the world.


4.  The giant fin down the back of a Spinosaurus is a mystery. It could have been used to regulate the temperature of the animal in the hot dessert. It could have been a beautiful feature used to get dates. It could have been used to intimidate other animals—“Look how big I am!”


5.  The Spinosaurus was probably a fish eater. I like fish too. Scientists believe he ate fish because of his long snout and sharp teeth.


Does your child have a favorite dinosaur? I’d love to hear what it is and why. You can send me a message at stacy (at) stacymcanulty (dot) com


As part of this blog tour, I’m baking a cookie each day. Today’s cookie is…

White Chocolate and Cranberry


(visit http://stacymcanulty.blogspot.com/ for the recipe)

About Stacy:

Stacy lives in North Carolina with her three children, two dogs, and one husband. She loves books, Christmas, Spinosaurus, and cookies. DEAR SANTASAURUS (Boyd Mills Press, 2013) is her first picture book. For more information on Stacy, please visit www.stacymcanulty.com

2 responses to “Guest Post: Stacy McAnulty and DEAR SANTASAURUS”

  1. Fun book! Love the name Ernest P. Spinosaurus! I think my favorite dinosaur, at least today, is the hadrosaur. 😀

  2. Hi Stacy, Wow, I didn’t know that Spinosaurus went extinct twice. Sad news. Maybe another skeleton will be unearthed someday.

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