THERE’S A DINOSAUR ON THE 13TH FLOOR, by Wade Bradford, Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, Candlewick Press


The outcome is anything but predictable when an exhausted hotel guest sets out in search of sleep in this kid-pleasing romp full of visual humor.

Will Mr. Snore ever get some shut-eye at the busy Sharemore Hotel? The room on the first floor is too noisy. The room on the second floor is too crowded. The room on the third floor is too damp. Everywhere Mr. Snore goes, with a dutiful bellhop leading the way, he encounters something that’s bound to keep him awake. Why is it so hard to find some peace and quiet? Perhaps Mr. Snore will have better luck on the thirteenth floor. . . . From author and playwright Wade Bradford and award-winning illustrator Kevin Hawkes comes a laugh-out-loud tale that plays with expectations and revelations — and reveals a surprisingly thought-provoking final twist.

Out: October 2nd, 2018


I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review.

All I can say… WOW!

The art…

The story…

The humor…

The sweet characters…

The story line…

The whole concept, A++.

Wade Bradford teaches English at Moorpark College in Moorpark, California, and is the author of the picture books, “Why Do I Have to Make My Bed?” and “Around the World in a Bathtub.”  He has also written thirty-five plays. He lives in southern California, where he enjoys “napping, snoozing, and occasionally snoring.”

Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of many books for children, including the award-winning “Library Lion” by Michelle Knudsen; “A Little Bitty Man and Other Poems for the Very Young” by Halfdan Rasmussen, translated by Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland; and “The Three Mouths of Little Tom Drum” by Nancy Willard.  About this book, he says, “If there is one thing I love it’s a dinosaur in an unexpected place!” Kevin Hawkes lives with his family in southern Maine.

Well done! I see another award on its way!

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