Laugh with Dinosaurs

Humor, Science & Technology, Children's Books

By Jyoti Yelagalawadi

Publisher : Lekha Publishers, LLC

ABOUT Jyoti Yelagalawadi

Jyoti Yelagalawadi


Young readers will be enthralled by twenty-six uncommon dinosaurs, whose names each start with a different letter of the alphabet. Readers will smile at the charming artwork that depicts these unusual creatures of ancient times. This is truly a book that grows with a child. A preschooler will learn to recognize the alphabet, and can use the phonetic guide to pronounce difficult- sounding dinosaur names. Older children will learn about the different flora and fauna that grew during the different geological periods. The stark difference between the present day world and the world inhabited by the dinosaurs is clearly portrayed in simple English. A two-page spread discusses the different types of dinosaurs and a pictorial appendix explains how dinosaurs are named.

I decided to quit my job as a technical writer when I found out that I was pregnant with our second child. I wanted to be a stay at home mom for at least the first three years of his life. I was happy for the first few weeks volunteering in my daughter's school. But leaving my well-paid job in the hi-tech field helped me connect with my creative side too and helped me strengthen the foundation of what is today a popular children's magazine – The Balagokulam Magazine. This was also a voluntary position and I enjoyed it. While researching folk tales, ballads, and legends from India I decided to write a picture book that my unborn child would enjoy as he grew up. I took down all the books from my daughter’s bookshelf to find out what I liked about some books and what made me not care as much for others. I noticed that I loved books that made me smile. I noticed that I reread books that made me ask questions. I noticed that I retold stories from books that made me believe in its message. That is when I decided that I would write a book that would make children smile as soon as they saw it. I wanted them to ask questions about what they read and believe in the message that the book was giving them. As I was researching my first book, “Laugh with dinosaurs” a parent volunteer in my daughter’s school told me about the book that he was working on. He wanted to publish a collection of poems that were written with an understanding of what happens on the playground. It was with the decision to help him publish that Lekha was born. Soon I published both his book, Poems from the Playground and my first book, Laugh with Dinosaurs. To my satisfaction, I have seen many children, and adults, smile as they pick up these books and flip through the pages. I have answered many questions about dinosaurs and have seen many children learn to believe in the wonder of animals and evolution.