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A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze by Carla Mae Jansen, illustrated by Natasha Kostovska, is a humorous tale of a sneeze. It all started with a dinosaur kicking up dust. That dust goes through what the author calls a Rock Cycle Adventure. It falls into the ocean and becomes part of sedimentary rock. It gets squished in the earth and becomes part of metamorphic rock. It gets turned into lava inside a volcano. It rises as mountains that, in turn, get eroded by streams, and finally those tiny bits of rock become air-borne dust again, being blown around in the air by a ceiling fan, just in time to make young Martin sneeze. The book opens with photos of sedimentary rocks and metamorphic rocks. The humorous art by Natasha Kostovska makes the entire story easy to follow.
If you know any children who love dinosaurs and rocks, A Dinosaur Made Me Sneeze will bring them smiles and laughter. Kids who like sneeze-jokes will enjoy this book, too. Even the grandma in this story gets into the fun. From quartz crystals growing in geothermal waters to fossils forming in the sedimentary rocks of the oceans, this book takes a rock-based history tour of planet Earth. Sneezing is a biological function designed to get irritants out of the body’s air passages. Carla Mae Jansen concocts a tale of how those irritants got in Martin’s nose in the first place. Blame a dinosaur for kicking up dirt. I wonder what else Martin will blame dinosaurs for. This could be a clever series.