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Alex and the Dinosaur Prints

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A personal narrative where dinosaur facts, illustrations, poetry, and humor combine to become a one-of-a-kind work of creative nonfiction.

Alex and the Dinosaur Prints is a one-of-a-kind book. 


The author Alex Mika has pulled out of his “mouse nest” (a term he coins for his ideas journal) a modern-day renaissance book — a personal essay meets science facts meets illustrations meets dinosaur humor all combined to make a fun work of creative non-fiction


The story is the journey of the author's various “encounters” with dinosaurs starting from when he was a young boy. Complete with TV sightings, museum visits, and Australian trivia, the story takes us through the most pressing/most random contemplations and questions that plague an amateur dinosaur enthusiast about the prehistoric world. The writing is funny, informative, and nostalgic at the same time. Elements of the author’s creative process come in, and the writing comes alive with poems and recipes and funny little illustrations.


I did not expect to learn the things I learned from Alex and the Dinosaur Prints and it's that randomness that makes it so interesting. However, I found the ending a bit abrupt, and I had to double-check to make sure I had the whole book. I believe the author’s writing style and this story can potentially become a fictional series for children.


The book is a thoroughly enjoyable short read and is perfect for that dinosaur enthusiast or creative writing aficionado in your life.




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About the author

Alex Mika is an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut, where he is studying English Literature and Creative Writing. He writes comedy, plays, poetry and music. view profile

Published on January 12, 2021

5000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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