Bronto, Friend of Ceratops
Written and Illustrated by Charlotte Vivian Rodenberg
Bronto, Friend of Ceratops is a fully illustrated picture book that fosters curiosity and empathy in children. Bronto, the big-hearted gentle giant, is back after the volcanic eruption in the Jurassic. Now, in the changing landscape of the Cretaceous, his devotion to his dinosaur friends is momentous. The Sauropods take to the hills and the Pterosaurs take flight, but one Ceratops herd has taken to the forests. When the forests become perilous, heroic Bronto rises to the occasion to aid his comrades. However, he finds he needs some help in his pursuit!
Price: $14.99 US, $17.99 CAN
Age: 4–8 years
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR
Charlotte Rodenberg was born Charlotte LeVee in Denver, Colorado, to a military family of six. After several moves, her family settled in Indianapolis where they kept a small fun farm. As a child, her mother wrote poems about the farm and Charlotte illustrated them. Charlotte received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Southern Indiana in Evansville where she met and married her husband, Joshua Rodenberg. Together they moved to Richmond, Virginia, and then to Philadelphia where Charlotte received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Temple University, Tyler School of Art.
Charlotte and her husband now live in Seattle, Washington, where she maintains her writing and studio practice. Charlotte originally wrote Bronto & the Pterodactyl Eggs as a puppet show that she performed for children. She received a fellowship at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming where she began the illustrations for the book. She used the Oregon lava fields, gorges, and waterfalls as her inspiration.
“This book continues the theme of Bronto being kind to his fellow dinosaurs and nature being in turmoil for all dinosaurs. Many young readers will need assistance sounding out the complex words in the book but the use of accurate terminology will hopefully spark curiosity.”
“When lightning ignites a forest fire, and predatory dinosaurs menace the ceratops herd, Bronto takes it on himself to deliver the both dangerous news and a plan of action! Inviting color illustrations add just the right touch to this heroic story reminiscent of ‘The Land Before Time’ animated move series.”
— Midwest Book Review
“[…] Rodenberg’s vivid watercolor illustrations will appeal to younger children. Large text encourages new readers as well as making a nice read-aloud. The adventure plot will entertain novices, while the vocabulary will challenge older readers and dinosaur enthusiasts. Overall, this book will appeal to many children, from emergent readers to dinosaur lovers and kids that love to paint.”
— Library Media Connection