THE TYRANNOSAUR’S FEATHERS book launch at Nottingham Natural History Museum

Yesterday my co-author Adam Smith and I had a book launch for our latest non-fiction picture book The Tyrannosaur’s Feathers, illustrated by Stieven Van der Poorten and published by UCLan Publishing.

The launch was hosted by Nottingham Natural History Museum at Wollaton Hall, where Adam works as a curator.

After a short reception, attended by family, friends local librarians, palaeontologists, dinosaur enthusiasts young and old …

 … and a herd of gingerbread tyrannosaurs …

 … Adam and I did our first performance of an event we’ve put together to accompany the book.

This included our first public reading of the book. The main text of the book is a conversation between a T. rex and a Velociraptor: Adam took the part of the T. rex and I took the part of the Velociraptor who insists on giving the T. rex a full makeover to bring his initially out-dated appearance bang up-to-date in line with the latest evidence.

We then had a look at how and why T. rex‘s appearance has changed so much since it was first discovered over a century go, tracking the changes on a Transformable T. rex diagram as we went.

We finished the event by playing a knockout “heads or tails” quiz game in which one of the children won a signed copy of the book.

Adam and I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Wollaton Hall for hosting the event, my brother Martin for taking the photos above, UCLan Publishing for footing the bill for the refreshments and to everyone that came along to celebrate the book’s launch.

Here’s what some of the guests said afterwards on social media.

And you can read Everything Dinosaur‘s blog post about the launch here.

You can order the book from your local bookshop or by using the sales link below.

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