Dean Was born in Iowa and lives in the Omaha, Nebraska area with his wife of many years. He enjoys writing children stories about dinosaurs as well as teaching English as a second language and singing in the local senior music group.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was The Strange Flashlight. I wanted to write a book for my new grandson. The Strange Flashlight was that book.
How do you approach cover design?
I actually begin with the cover. I design the cover around the theme of the story and then I write the story. For The Strange Flashlight, I hired someone from Mark's List on Smashwords to professionally redraw my original cover design. Then, I drew my own covers for Revenge of the Video Game, The Candy Curse, The Day Snot Stood Still, Dad Rented the Basement to a Bogeyman and Dinosaurs are Hiding at the Zoo.
This book has all the secrets few people know about why dinosaurs can't go to your school. The top secret hidden from the public for too long is revealed: DINOSAURS ARE ALIVE AND CAN GO TO YOUR SCHOOL.
A little boy puts on 3 D glasses and sees dinosaurs at the zoo. The dinosaurs are from another planet and are hiding at the zoo. The little boy is afraid of them. Turns out, they are more afraid of him.
Fathead Poetry Flat As Lead
This is a clever enough picture book and the story is neat. But perhaps it would have been even better had it been in prose. The author struggles here and then to make the line of poetry fit and have meaning since the line must be in rhythm and must rhyme at the end of each line. Free verse probably would have worked as well as prose. Still, the story is good. It's funny and a little odd. The subject about being different is important to children. It's good for them to see Fathead, who is not accepted be accepted because he is different.
This is a cute little book about a little pig who is sure he is communicating with a little girl, but the truth is she is just guessing what he might want from the oinks, snorts and squeals. It is a good book because children have a hard time telling adults what they want so they will identify with this little pig. One drawback is the lack of pictures but the story is good enough to cover up the need for illustrations.
This is a funny, short children story that would have been really great with some illustrations. As it is, it is still an interesting little story about a place that isn't on any map because it is too far away from other places to include on the map without wasting paper. Just as you are giggling about that concept, the hero, Jack proposes building a catapult to pull the place closer to other places so it can be included in the map of the whole universe. Very strange and funny indeed. Your kids will love it.
This is a funny little picture book with a surprise ending. The illustrations are good and support the story line, which involves a spoiled little rich girl who has everything. She wants a dragon for her birthday. So, her wannabe boy friend goes shopping for one. The first shopkeeper directs him to the wizard who has the dragon recipe for him. With recipe in hand, he heads to the birthday party and the story comes to a hilarious ending. The spoiled and rich little girl’s character is well drawn. You’ll find her annoying, which makes the surprise ending that much more satisfying. This is a fine story for bedtime for the kiddies.
Author of Revenge of the Video Game
This is a good story with adequate illustrations. The little pig is dirty and hasn't any friends. Then a lamb comes to clean him off and play with him. In spite of the religious metaphor and biblical passage at the end, the story can also be enjoyed as a story of friendship and nothing more than that. I think the book is a little more expensive than it should be.
Author of Revenge of the Video Game
These are nice stories for Christmas if you are a Christian. If not, these are still two good stories about mice on Christmas and miracles. The first story has a mouse who is instrumental in making a very ill little boy happy on Christmas and in the second story, the mouse shares his home with the Baby Jesus. It would have been good to have illustrations for children but still the stories are short and will hold their attention.
Author of Revenge of the Video Game
This little book provides a wonderful lesson about throwing candy wrappers in trash bins.The author uses repetition of words and phrases to drive home the point that wrappers with candy on them attract beetles, mice and birds.The image of pulling a mouse, instead of a candy bar out of a pant pocket reminded me of The Pied Piper. The need to wear white to hide bird droppings is hilarious. The author needs to provide a few illustrations. These can be created by taking pictures of animals and playground equipment, some subjects in this story, and using available digital converting software to turn those pictures into cartoons. The author has mastered child level story-telling. The next step is illustrating the story to enhance the experience for the child.
Author of The Day Snot Stood Still
Be careful what you wish for, you might get it. A nice short story of a snotty little girl and her demand that Santa bring her a dragon. Problem is the dragon is hungry. A good and fun read.
Dean Schechinger @deanshcech
Author of Dinosaurs are Hiding At The Zoo
The story is a lot of fun to read. The characters of the cat and dog are distinctive and if you're a parent who likes to do voices this is very good for that. Your children can even watch a You-Tube version of the story. The font isn't adjustable, however so the story might not be readable on smart phone devices but is fine for laptop, e pub or kindle. The ending is really funny. Makes the whole story a fun read.
Dean Schechinger @deanschech
Author of Dinosaurs Are Hiding At The zoo
This is one story every parent should read to their sleepy little one. It won't take long and is an enchanting read. The whole story has a wonderful Native American flavor to it. The snake in the story behaves predictably like a snake and the bird just like a bird. That it what is so enchanting about the story. Characters acting from emotions within enchanting fiction. Your kids will love it. I wish I'd written it.
Dean Schechinger @deanschech
Author of Dinosaurs Are Hiding At The Zoo
This is a funny story that parents should get to read to themselves. Really. It consists of an interesting bedtime conversation between a little boy and his mom. It's hard to say if little children would understand the jokes. Grownups certainly would. So. I recommend it as a short read for grownups to chuckle over, although there isn't any harm trying it out on your sleepy little one.
This graphic short story for children is so clever. It literally is, a story told by fowl. I don't want to spoil the surprise by writing about what the story is about. The artwork is fine. I gave this one four stars. A fun story for 6-8 year old and others who like the Sunday Funnies or comic books.
This is a very enjoyable story about a girl who can tell what people are feeling. She thinks this is a curse and is surprised as you will be when her gift helps someone truly in need. A fine story for 6-8 year old children.
This is a fine little poem about a boy and his encounter with a dragonfly. Adults will remember when they gazed upon one and wondered about it. This is a short little poem, just the right size to read to a sleepy little one or even to yourself sleepy or not. One or more pictures of dragonflies would have been nice. Little ones would like to see and hear the poem.
Download this one it's loads of fun and clean, too. The sketches are particularly clever and judiciously placed for little ones to look at and imagine as they listen to the story unfold. Darn it if you don't find yourself believing the drawer actually can say and do the things in the story. Good writing all around. Enjoy it with your little ones.
The pictures in this book are very pretty and the poetry isn't too bad, either. I like to know more about this fine author. It would help to put something at the end in future books. For example, the author should list other books written and give a little biography. One drawback is that the font isn't adjustable. The words might not come out on smart phones. Authors should always strive to separate text from pictures so readers can adjust the word size for their reading devices.The PDF version is great on my laptop. Good poetry, beautiful illustrations and interesting format to the story.
The story plays on the concept that children often take what is said to them literally. As adults we know the expression take a walk in someone else's shoes just means try to see where they are coming from or try to understand them better. These pictures are gorgeous. I'm sure your children will enjoy this one.
I enjoyed the poetry and the thoughts expressed in this book. The artwork is quite good. The font isn't adjustable but it should be easy to read. Given the font size, it will be easy to read on most devices. Disconcerting is when text begins in a light color portion of the picture and continues in the same color into the dark part of the picture. It's extra work, but the author should consider changing the font color in the parts of the text that overlap into dark background.
This story is narrated by the child and the author has done an excellent job capturing the cadence and idiom of a child speaking. Children love to make hearts and the glorious colors of the very fine drawings support the theme throughout the story. Nice job all around.
A very fine, warm and fuzzy idea book with really good pictures. One slightly disconcerting issue. The child looks out the window at a beautiful sunny day but puts on a wool knit cap. A picture or two later to you come understand that it is a brisk autumn day. I guess I would have said it was a beautiful fall day but this is a minor issue. The book is really fine and well drawn and written.
What a fine sequel to the original picture book, Jumper. This time our fun-loving red ball finds a home with a toddler who loves to play with him every day. But, taking Jumper everywhere to play lets the wind blow Jumper away on one adventure after another that your little ones will really enjoy. It was good to see the wind have a few kind words for Jumper in this book. We always imagine the wind just howling or whistling, so it's a refreshing new slant on the wind's character to have him helping to get Jumper back home. But, you know that old wind is a ramblin' man. He blows and blows and away Jumper goes. If your children like down-to-earth characters in interesting and colorful settings with lots of action, you and your kids will find Ms. Scarberry is the master chef of home-style, fun picture books. Ms. Kelleher reprises as illustrator, so her wonderful and stylistic illustrations return for more Jumper action. There is a nice surprise ending that effective highlights sharing and caring. I recommend Jumper Bounces Back for you to read to your kids before bedtime.
Becky Scarberry returns with her third, heartwarming story of a little boy and his red ball named Jumper. In this story, Jumper meets Bouncy, another red ball the little boy had planned to give to his new friend, a little girl who lives in the same town. In the second book, he got the two balls mixed up, and gave his red ball, Jumper to the little girl for her birthday, instead of the new ball, Bouncy. Ms. Scarberry portrays the new red ball as a young girl ball named Bouncy that is eager to go on adventures with Jumper. Jumper is a young, boy ball. In many ways, Jumper and Bouncy reflect the lasting friendship of the young boy and his little, girl friend. The book includes adventures in river rafting and going to the zoo. Familiar zoo animals will delight your children. Some of the animals play with the red balls that fall into the zoo enclosures. The red balls are frightened, at first when the animals play with them, but things turn out fine in the end with the help of the zookeepers. The book introduces the Vortex and its strange effect on visual perception. This is a fine picture book, packed with adventures of two red balls getting lost and then found again in exciting and various settings. The author is hoping to create a television series for these characters. Join me in wishing her success with this venture. Jumper and the cast of characters surrounding him certainly deserve a wider audience of children and parents.