Editor Bonnie and I came up with the birthday idea more or less at the same time. But I struggled with it for several years, kept putting it aside and bringing it out again. Nothing rhymed with party (except farty and smarty) or birthday. It was a good idea with a decided lack of easy rhymes.
And then, one day, I woke up and there it was!
Don’t let anyone tell you writing the DINO books is easy! But fun. Definitely fun.
As usual, Mark Teague, the magical illustrator, makes me look good!