There might not be anyone more passionate about dinosaurs than 8 year old Jaxon.
“My favourite is the Tyrannosaurus Rex, minus his tiny arms. He is the king of dinosaurs. He has a big head and his bite can crush bones,” shares Jaxon.
The grade 3 student at Beaumont School lives on the autism spectrum, and loves learning as many facts as he can about the prehistoric animals. His mother met a publisher, who happened to be working on a dinosaur book. The chance meeting lead to an opportunity of a lifetime for the Pembina Trails student.
Jaxon worked with author and illustrator Sheldon Dawson on a book called Dinosaur Rodeo. The story takes place in the Canadian Badlands near Drumheller and tells the tale of a grandfather who claims he herded dinosaurs back in the day. In the front and the back of the book, there are dinosaur facts contributed by Jaxon. The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology verified and confirmed the young dino guru’s knowledge.
To celebrate Dinosaur Rodeo, McNally Robinson Booksellers held a book launch.
“A bunch of people were there. It was great,” said Jaxon.
His family, friends and Beaumont’s staff, including his bus driver came out to show support. Many waited in line for a very special autograph.
“I asked people if they wanted my name in pen or on a stamp. There were a bunch of people and my hand got a little sore.”
Dinosaur Rodeo is available at McNally Robinson. Visit the site to learn more about the book.
Congratulations Jaxon. You have lived up to our Pembina Trails motto, Accomplish Anything. We look forward to reading your next book!