Dinosaur Boy Saves Mars Sneak Peek #7: Carl Sagan

Posted February 01, 2016

DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS comes out tomorrow (February 2)!!

This is the last of seven days of sneaks peeks and also the last day to enter this awesome giveaway:


Just leave me a comment or share the post on Twitter and Facebook by midnight tonight (Central) in order to enter. I will pick a winner tomorrow after I’ve put all of your entries into Random.org. Thank you for all of the shares (especially on Twitter!)

Today is Sneak Peek #7: CARL SAGAN

When I was researching DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS, I found a quote that really stuck with me and I was thrilled that I was able to include it as an epigraph at the beginning of the book:


The quote comes from COSMOS by Carl Sagan, which is often said to be the best selling science book in the English language. It’s basically a chronicle of mankind’s exploration of our universe, from the dawn of humanity to the present. I first read COSMOS in college and I remember being very struck by how optimistic it was. COSMOS also gives you a sense of the vastness of the universe and our tiny place in it. It’s the kind of book that leaves you feeling very small, but in a good way. I think the above quotation is a good “summing up” of what COSMOS was ultimately trying to say, and it’s also the perfect way to start my space story. I’m so grateful that the people at the Estate of Carl Sagan gave me permission to use it.


Brilliant and inspiring as COSMOS is, I don’t actually recommend it for DINOSAUR BOY-aged readers (9ish to 12ish). It was written for adults and it would be a tough slog for younger folks. The TV show (with Neil deGrasse Tyson) is a good alternative, and if you’re looking for a good non-fiction science book for kids, YOU ARE STARDUST (by Elin Kelsey) and INFINITY AND ME (by Kate Hosford) both have a COSMOS-like feel, but are aimed at younger audiences. (Don’t be put off by the fact that these are picture books – they are the kind of picture books that younger kiddos will like, but older kids and adults can find even greater meaning in.)

Anyhoo, that’s all I’ve got in terms of Sneak Peeks! Thank you so much for sticking with me this past week leading up to the DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS release! I really love this quirky little book and I’m so excited for it to finally be out in the world.

Dinosaur Boy 2 Cover


PS: DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS hits the shelves on February 2, but it’s not too late to pre-order a copy from your favorite local indie bookstore, Barnes and Noble, or anywhere else you buy books.

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  1. Erin

    February 1, 2016 at 9:54 am


    I told Hazel the new book will arrive tomorrow and she is SO excited!!! So happy for you :)

    • CPO

      February 1, 2016 at 11:06 am


      Thanks Erin! You’re the best! I hope Hazel likes the book!

  2. Rita Painter

    February 1, 2016 at 11:23 am


    I love that you included a quote that has special meaning to you!

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