Monday, October 11, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Trygg the Dinosaur by Paula Louise Salvador

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Trygg the Dinosaur by Paula Louise Savador. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Trygg the Dinosaur
Author: Paula Louise Salvador
Illustrator: John Bindon
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: January 31st 2019
Print Length: 118 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
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Two young dinosaurs from opposite sides of the floodplain bump into each other by chance. He’s a small meat-eater, and she’s a big plant-eater. They’ve got no parents, no food, no friends. They’re supposed to be enemies, but they decide to stick together instead. It’s not easy. When she gets caught with him, she ends up banished from her herd. He faces a huge rival who could stomp him out with one back foot. They have to outsmart a gang of bullies with sharp teeth and long, curved claws. And they struggle to survive the natural disasters of drought, mudslides and a bubbling tar pit. Worst of all, when they lose contact with each other, they fear betrayal. What if their friendship has been broken?

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EXCERPT:
His hard work had tired him out, so he sat down in the nest. He was about to fall asleep when he felt the island tremble slightly. It was enough to cause one of the other eggs to slip toward him. He put his mouth around the egg’s pointed end, making sure the sharp tips of his teeth didn’t break through the shell. Then he gently settled it back in the damp ground at his feet. But why was his nest moving like that?

Using his tail for balance, he eased up and peeked over the top of the nest. A rush of cold air hit him in the face just as cawing broke out in the trees overhead. Flocks of birds darted from branch to branch, making loud warning calls. And the ground started to shake so much that he struggled to stay standing.

At the edge of the island, a group of animals leapt out of the shallows. At first, he thought that they were like the birds above him, except they looked too big to be able to fly. Besides, they moved by running with their heads stuck out in front of them. Instead of wings, they had long arms and hands with three fingers—and they had claws.

They were just like him.

The pack swarmed past. A reddish-brown one at the end skidded to a stop. He towered over the nest, and slobber dribbled from his small pointed teeth. “Hey, little Troödon!” he called out, but when he got no reaction, he shook his head in frustration. “I’m talkin’ to YOU!” he said with a growl. “You see any other Troödons alive in that ring of dirt?” The dinosaur glanced nervously over his shoulder. “You’re gonna have to move fast, kid,” he shouted, then he turned to flee.

“Mudslide comin’ through!”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Paula Louise Salvador has had great adventures as a documentary film maker and writer. The scariest was when she stood under the ribs of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton – in the dark! The most fun was filming dinosaur dig-sites from a helicopter. On the dangerous side, she had to dodge alligators in Mississippi – and keep all fingers and toes out of the water.

Paula has met fascinating people, particularly jazz legend Oscar Peterson and composer Philip Glass, who performed in her show on electronic music.

In “BUILD GREEN” for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “THE NATURE OF THINGS”, Paula and Dr. David Suzuki visited rock star Randy Bachman’s super sustainable house. (He played his guitar for us.)

Finally, it was a tiny dinosaur that captured Paula’s heart. For her documentary “DINOSAUR BABIES The North American Story”, Paula held the fossilized egg of a little Troödon. He was curled up inside, just about to hatch. (His leg bones looked like a chicken’s.) That’s where Paula’s story of Trygg begins.

Paula has a Masters in French Literature from l’Université de Provence, France and a Bachelor of Arts (including Children’s Literature) from McGill University, Canada.

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GUEST POST:
- Why did you pick dinosaurs to tell your story?

My characters Trygg and Alta are based on real dinosaurs. I actually held in my hands the fossilized skeletons of two baby dinosaurs, a small clawed meat-eater called Troödon and a big four-legged plant-eater called Hypacrosaur. During my career as a science television documentary producer, I had the great privilege of directing DINOSAUR BABIES: THE NORTH AMERICAN STORY. The documentary explores the discoveries of the nesting sites of these dinosaurs. The video is available for download on Amazon.

When we were filming the documentary, paleontologist Dr. David Varricchio, at the Museum of the Rockies in Montana, asked me if I wanted to hold the fossilized egg of the tiny Troödon, I was thrilled. Dr. Varricchio had put an elastic band around the fossil to hold it together (and he kept his hands under mine for safety). I still get goosebumps when I look at the footage that the cameraman captured of the leg of the tiny Troödon baby, all curled up in its egg. It reminded me of a little chicken. The embryo was just about to hatch when its nest was flooded in a mudslide in what is now Montana.

As for the Hypacrosaur, which became my Alta character, I learned about this duckbill plant-eater when I visited the site of the first dinosaur nesting grounds found in Canada. The young woman who had made the find, Wendy Sloboda, retraced her steps with me near her Dad’s farm in Southern Alberta. The site had since been excavated, and the precious fossils moved to The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta. However, as we were walking around the eroded landscape, Wendy stopped short and called out to me. “Look!” she said. “There’s some dinosaur eggshell.” Sure enough, on the surface, we could see small bits of bumpy eggshell. It had turned black over time, but it was definitely from an ancient egg. And it was still there, 76 million years later.

My imagination took off. What if that dinosaur nest didn’t get flooded? What if those 25 to 30 little Hypacrosaurs actually hatched? What if Alta, whose nest was next to theirs, ended up helping them get enough plants to eat? My story of Trygg and his unlikely friendship with Alta the duckbill was starting to take shape. (And I still love dinosaurs.)

TRYGG THE DINOSAUR takes place 76 million years ago, but it is the same earth where we live now. The dinosaurs faced drought and mudslides and flooding. These were climate events that wiped out everything in their path––animals, plants, and landscapes. As for human beings, we have been around for about 200,000 years. Hopefully, we’ll figure out how to protect our fragile environment so we can keep living in the world we inherited from the animals that came before us. And like Trygg and Alta, we’ll have to count on our friends so we all make it through together.
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GIVEAWAY:
Paula Louise Salvador will be awarding $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility for everything pertaining to this giveaway.)

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101 comments:

  1. Trygg and I are happy to take part in your blog. Thanks for having us

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  2. Sounds like a very good book.

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  3. I have grand kids who would love this!

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  4. This is my favorite review: "I'm Oliver and I LOVE this book!!!!!!!!! This book is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!" (Oliver is 11 years-old. The review was totally unsolicited and still makes my heart sing.)

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  5. Cover looks awesome! Excerpt is intriguing. Great work!

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  6. very nice cover, congrats on the release

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  7. This looks like a cute book my niece would enjoy reading.

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  8. Sounds like a great read Thanks for your great generosity. Linda May

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  9. Your story sounds like one that has a sweet message for the world.

    Nancy
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  10. I'm going to see if the library has this book for my nephew to read.

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  11. This sounds like a cute and informative story.

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  12. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  13. Do you dress up for Halloween?

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  14. The dinosaur on the cover of your book is really cute!

    Nancy
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  15. Do you have a nickname? How'd you get it?

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  16. This sounds like one that will keep me interested and reading.
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  17. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  18. About how much did the the fossilized egg of a little Troödon that you held weigh?

    Nancy
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  19. How many books do you read in a year?

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  20. What's your favourite Halloween candy?

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  21. About how much did the fossilized skeleton of the baby dinosaur - a big four-legged plant-eater - called Hypacrosaur weigh?

    Nancy
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  22. Do you still write when you're on vacation?

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  23. Where were you when you held the fossilized egg of the little Troödon?

    Nancy
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  24. When did you last pull an all nighter?

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  25. how much editing do you usually have to do? thanks

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  26. Do you always use a computer to write?

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  27. When the Troödons were fully grown, about how much did they weigh?

    Nancy
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  28. How long was a fully grown Troödon?

    Nancy
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  29. About how tall was a fully grown Troödon?

    Nancy
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  30. Do you wear glasses? What do you frames look like>?

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  31. How do you decide on names for your characters?

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  32. How much did a fully grown Tyrannosaurus rex weigh?

    Nancy
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  33. What is your favourite part of fall?

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  34. About how tall was a fully grown Tyrannosaurus rex?

    Nancy
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  35. Are you already planning your next book?

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  36. About how long was a fully grown Tyrannosaurus rex?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  37. It must have been interesting to visit rock star Randy Bachman’s super sustainable house!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  38. do you have others read your work before you submit it to your editor/publisher? thanks

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  39. What kind of dinosaur is your character Alta?

    Nancy
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  40. Do you still have your wisdom teeth/

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  41. What's your favorite book to re-read?

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  42. About how tall is your dinosaur character Alta?

    Nancy
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  43. About how long is your dinosaur character Alta?

    Nancy
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  44. What do you like to watch on Youtube?

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  45. Do you like writing short stories?

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  46. About how much does your dinosaur character Alta weigh?

    Nancy
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  47. Why did you decide to name your dinosaur Alta?

    Nancy
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  48. What did you do for Halloween night?

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  49. Did you dress up for Halloween?

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  50. Do you back up your files daily?

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  51. What's crazy court case you've ever heard of?

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  52. Do you set an alarm so you don't write for too long at a stretch?

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  53. Have you ever punched someone straight in the face?

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  54. What will you name your future children?

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  55. Do you like book signing events?

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  56. When you were a child, did you have a favorite dinosaur?

    Nancy
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  57. How often do you use public transportation?

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  58. What was the best gift you've ever given?

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  59. Did Alta get her name because she was a tall dinosaur?

    Nancy
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  60. What foods did your character Trygg like to eat?

    Nancy
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  61. What are your thoughts on ebooks?

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  62. What kind of food did your character Alta eat?

    Nancy
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  63. I would so enjoy reading this book and I like the cover too. How long did it take to write it?

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  64. Where's your favourite place to be?

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  65. Do you write more or read more?

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  66. Did you have a special or very favorite book as a child?

    Nancy
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  67. Do you like to re-watch classic movies? I just viewed True Grit for the first time in many years.

    Nancy
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  68. Do you enjoy eating hot cereal when the weather is cold?

    Nancy
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  69. Do you always take time to stop and eat when you're writing?

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  70. Sounds like a great story about friendship can't wait to read it to my kids. Thank you so much for the chance 😁

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  71. sounds like a fun one

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  72. Your story sounds like one that has a great friendship message for the world.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  73. Where did you go on your last vacation?

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  74. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  75. Do you have a favorite kind of cookie that you especially enjoy?

    Nancy
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  76. My nephew will love this book. Cute cover!

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