Author: Charlotte Vivian Rodenberg
Publisher: Craigmore Creations
Charlotte Vivian Rodenberg loves art, animals, the outdoors and story-telling and it shows in her short children’s book, Bronto & the Pterodactyl Eggs. Living in Portland, Oregon, she has the scenery, the view of Mount Saint Helens and her talent in painting to tell her dinosaur story.
This thirty-two page prototype children’s book came spiral-bound but will be in presented to the public in hardcover. The front jacket has a young happy dinosaur in front of a waterfall and river with bright blues, greens, pinks and purple. The back jacket has an undisturbed volcano mountain reflected in the still waters. Each page inside has colorful water-colored with ink paintings that show the writer’s artistic background in art. The final page in the book is a short biography of Rodenberg and her upbringing. The book’s words are easy to read in larger simple font. There are no page numbers or typographical or grammatical errors.
The simple story is of a dinosaur named Bronto who finds some pterodactyl (dino bird) eggs. Since he is not carnivorous, he frets and worries about the eggs being left unattended and does not readily see or find their mother. He covers the eggs safely in a nest and falls asleep waiting for the dino bird’s mother to return.
While sleeping he dreams about volcanoes and their devastation. The painted dream scene is on both sides of the page with dino birds flying around, away from the turmoil. When he wakes up, he decides to go look for the mother and promises to return to the eggs. However, when he notices the nearby volcano blowing smoke he runs back and quickly takes the nest and buries the eggs in the ground and then runs away. With another vibrant painting, the story ends that the volcano erupts. But since the eggs were protected in the dirt (even though they were covered with hot lava), they hatched and out came baby dino birds who flew away happily ever after.
The vivid artwork is very well done and charming with quite a bit of detail to the animals themselves. The story is cute and will be enjoyed by any child under the age of four. My only concern is the reality that a volcano is very dangerous when it erupts and hot lava and heat kills everything around, including anything planted in the ground. Will the child think he can bury himself in dirt to survive such a tragic event?
Posted May 2012: