- Seneca Valley School District
A student who is a self-described “dino-enthusiast” recently wrote and published his first book – at just 10 years old.
Dylan LaDieu, a current fifth grader at Haine Middle School, wrote and published “Dylan Draws Dinosaurs,” a how-to dinosaur drawing book with over 100 dinosaur facts for kids.
According to Amazon.com, each how-to drawing page is accompanied by a scene showing the dinosaurs in action. The book also has statistics and facts for each dinosaur and even includes a representation of what their skull looks like.
"I like to draw, and I love dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures,” stated Mr. LaDieu. “I love to design my own games and make the drawings for them. In the future, I hope to make comic books featuring dinosaurs, prehistoric creatures, aliens and animals.”
“I was thrilled to learn this wonderful news,” exclaimed his former Rowan Elementary School teacher Ms. Rebecca Hester. “Dylan is a very special little guy and I’m so proud of him.”
His book can be found on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Dylan-Draws-Dinosaurs-Amazing-Learn/dp/B09NKH4SBD/ref=sr_1_2?crid=GP8PREG4LBJ7&keywords=Dinosaur+drawings+by+dylan&qid=1639753524&sprefix=dinosaur+drawings+by+dylan%2Caps%2C68&sr=8-2.
In addition to writing, Mr. LaDieu has his own YouTube channel, Instagram page and website. We asked him some other questions about his book. Read more below:
Q: What made you decide to write a book?
A: I wanted other people to learn how to draw my style of dinosaur drawings.
Q: How did you come up with the idea of a step-by-step drawing book?
A: I have a YouTube channel called "Dylan Draws" and in some videos, my dad and I follow the steps in how-to-draw books.
Q: When did you start writing this book? How long did it take you to finish writing it?
A: This past summer, I started working on my step-by-step drawings. It took a little over five months to complete.
Q: How did you go about getting your book published?
A: My dad helped me self-publish the book through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP): https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/.
Q: Who are you hoping reads this book?
A: Anyone who wants to learn how to draw fun, cartoon dinosaurs and learn amazing dinosaur facts.
Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
A: How easy it was to make it after I learned the steps involved in making each layout. We will be able to make the next book more easily after learning from our mistakes this time.