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My name is Marianne Plumridge. I am an artist of mythic fantasy works and fine art images. I also satisfy my creative muse with sewing, cooking, writing and reading. These are my thoughts and adventures with whichever muse drives me each day. You can find more of my art at

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Location: New England, United States

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


I have been remiss in posting about this, but last year my first ever children's picture book was published. I wrote it, my husband, Bob Eggleton painted all of the dinosaurs, and Cortney Skinner digitally inserted those images into meticulously researched photographic backgrounds. All of this was done in 2007 via Hollan Publishing and we were thoroughly happy with all that we had accomplished with this project. Unfortunately, the original publisher that the book was destined to be published by changed editorial management and a whole lot of books were dropped from their schedule, including ours. For a long time our book was kept on offer in case another publisher wanted to pick it up and publish it and we all kept our fingers crossed. Well, that finally happened last year and the final product was truly worth the wait....

"...Imagine a town where dinosaurs never went extinct. What would you do? Would you frantically run away and hide under your bed? Or, would you have a hamburger-eating contest with a Tyrannosaurus rex; go fishing with a Rhamphorhynchus; or travel through space with a Coelophysis? The possibilities are endless!
Can you guess which dinosaur would be a crossing guard, a babysitter, or a circus star? Presenting enjoyable, quirky scenarios led by lovable but gigantic creatures, readers of all ages will surely be whisked away to a world where a Stegosaurus, Velociraptor, and Leaellynasaura are merely your friendly neighbors. Marianne Plumridge includes insightful facts about your favorite dinos, which complement Bob Eggleton's vivid and imaginative illustrations to create a thrilling experience for kids and parents to enjoy. Prepare to enter a world ruled by dinosaurs and humans alike!"

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press; 1 edition (November 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626361762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626361768
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 10 x 0.5 inches 

Our first review was from Publisher's Weekly....

We got a nice mention on this list of dinosaur books for young readers, and sharing space with the ever talented Jane Yolen...

Another lovely review....

This is a really cute video review of our book, passed along by our publisher.... This is Liam and he is a self-professed dinosaur expert.

One of the places where people can buy the book online.... AND read the nice reviews a few people have left us...

And if you want to keep up with what's happening with our book, news, reviews and soon-to-be-added downloadable worksheets and coloring-in pages for parents, teachers and librarians, please visit the IF DINOSAURS LIVED IN MY TOWN Facebook page...

I hope you enjoy our book as much as we enjoyed creating it. Please feel free to leave anecdotes or comments about our book here or on our Facebook page, or just talk to us about it.
Thanks again for stopping by,


Blogger Mommy40 said...

I can not say enough about this book! We used it as a follow up activity for a dinosaur study in my child's first grade class.
What a wonderful way to apply what they were studying to things they recognize today.
The book is engaging, informative, and wildly gorgeous!
We've read it many times and still find new things each time!!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Marianne said...

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. I'm so glad that the children enjoyed it. I LOVED books as a tot and carried that forward into my teens and adult life. And all three of us, me, Bob, and Cortney, LOVE creating images and pictorial stories for people of all ages to enjoy.

Please visit our Facebook page for our book for downloadable activities and coloring in pages. :-D

7:56 PM  

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