Red Hook, NY 12571
January 27, 1999
I've been working day and night to finish up the newest Dinotopia
book. At last it's finished! As a reward for your patience, I
thought it would be fun to give you some cool inside information
about the book that nobody else knows yet. It's not eve on the
official website! If you have a website of you own, you can be
the first on your block with the scoop!
Dinotopia: First Flight
Ancient Poseidos, thousands of years ago
Gideon Altaire, student drone pilot at the Strutterworks,
the flight school of Poseidos. Gideon eventually becomes
the first person to fly on a skybax.
Fritz, a hoverhead. Hoverheads are small robots whose
multi-purpose heads can hover above their bodies. Gideon
rescued Fritz from a garbage strutter.
Gideon's animal friends who join him in his quest include
Binny, a Necrolemur--relative of the modern tarsier; female
Bandy, a Plesictis--ancestor of the cacomistle; female
Bongo, a Plesiadapis--monkey family; male
Budge, an Estemmenosuchus, a mammal-like reptile; male
First Flight will have a board game built into the
book. In the back will be all the game cards you need.
Playing the game makes you feel like Gideons adventure
is happening to you.
My sons, Dan(11) and Franklin(9) helped come up with ideas
for the book and the game. Dan came up with the name for
a swamp in the story: "Mukkawukka." I took them out
school to come with me to deliver the art to the publisher!
I hope you will enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed working on
it. It really meant a lot to me to get your letter. I wish you
well in whatever you undertake.