STORYTIME TAKEOVER: Shelli R. Johannes and Mike Moran for THEO THESAURUS

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 10:00am

Miss Jill and Square Books Jr. are pleased to welcome author and illustrator team Shelli R. Johannes and Mike Moran for a special storytime takeover celebrating their picture book Theo TheSaurus: The Dinosaur Who Loved Big Words.

Tune in Wednesday June 16th at 10:00 am CT on Facebook Live.

When a big vocabulary leads to big confusion, Theo TheSaurus learns that there are some things you can say without any words at all! 

Theo TheSaurus is a little dino who loves words--the bigger the better! And he's determined to share that love with his new classmates in his new school, no matter that they don't understand him at first. But when a trip to the athenaeum (also known as the library) becomes a visit to the auditorium instead, and a suggestion to play conceal-and-search (or hide-and-seek) only earns him looks of confusion, Theo realizes that misinterpretations can actually just be plain confusing! It's only when his newfound friends find a way to show they care that Theo learns that sometimes, there are things more important than words.

In this sweet and funny book filled with bright art, a brand-new dino character, and a full glossary of big words at the end, readers have tons of fun--and learn some new words along the way! It's FANCY NANCY for the dino-loving set!

About the Author

Shelli R. Johannes ( is the author of the Cece Loves Science series. An animal lover, she can often be found volunteering with animal conservation groups or rescuing strays off the side of the highway. Shelli lives in Atlanta with her husband, two kids, and a whole bunch of pets. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @srjohannes.

About the Illustrator

Mike Moran ( is an artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, animation, children's books, toy packaging, apps, and trade show convention tents to greeting cards. A huge baseball and Beatles fan, he lives with his wife and two sons in Florham Park, New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @mikemoran_illo.


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Theo TheSaurus: The Dinosaur Who Loved Big Words Cover Image
By Shelli R. Johannes, Mike Moran (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593205518
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - June 15th, 2021