Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 20, 2017

Book Giveaway: Don’t Forget Dexter by Lindsey M Ward

Lindsay Ward has a new book, DON’T FORGET DEXTER and she has agreed to give away a copy to one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.


Introducing Dexter T. Rexter, the toughest, coolest dinosaur ever. At least he likes to think so.

When his best friend, Jack, leaves him behind at the doctor’s office, Dexter T. Rexter panics. First he tries to find Jack. Then he sings their special song. Then he sings their special song even louder. But when Jack still doesn’t appear, Dexter starts to wonder. What if he’s being replaced by another toy? It can’t be—after all, he can STOMP, RAWR, and CHOMP! Right? Right?!

This hilariously neurotic dinosaur will do whatever it takes to get his friend back—even asking the reader’s advice—in this first book of a brand-new series.


My husband and I were pregnant with our first child when my husband was required to get a T-DAP booster shot prior to our son’s birth. My husband went to get the shot and while he was waiting to be seen he texted me a photo of a toy dinosaur that had been left beneath a chair in the waiting room. Following the photo he added “well, they left me here.” I laughed out loud when I read the text and immediately sat down to write Dexter’s story. To this day it’s still the fastest idea to story moment I’ve ever had.

After I finished a polished manuscript for Don’t Forget Dexter!, I shared it with my agent. We usually go back and forth a bit with revisions before going out on submission, which is tremendously helpful for me to have a second pair of eyes to look everything over. Thankfully she loved the idea of Dexter! I created some character sketches of Dexter, which took a ton of sketching to get his look nailed down, and put together a dummy for submission. At this point we had already sold Brobarians to my editor at Two Lions, so we of course included them on the submission list for Don’t Forget Dexter!. Originally the book was only submitted as one book, but we were lucky enough that two houses, including Two Lions, loved it enough to see the series potential and offer a two book deal. We ended up going with Two Lions, who I’ve had a wonderful publishing experience with thus far. The second book in the Dexter T. Rexter Series will be released in July 2018. In the sequel Dexter is headed to school with Jack for show-and-tell. Dexter is very excited that Jack has chosen to take him, but finds he’s getting more and more nervous about the big day. What will he wear? Will everyone like him? Find out in It’s Show-and-Tell, Dexter!.


Lindsay Ward has a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. Her most recent books include Brobarians (Two Lions, 2017), The Importance of Being 3 (Dial 2016) and Rosco vs. the Baby (S&S, 2016). She is also the author and illustrator of Henry Finds His Word (Dial, 2015), When Blue Met Egg (Dial, 2012), and Please Bring Balloons (Dial, 2013), which will soon be a play produced by the New York City Children’s Theater in 2017. Her work has been reviewed in Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, The Plain Dealer, and the New York Times. Lindsay is currently working on her newest picture book, Don’t Forget Dexter, with Two Lions, and imprint of Amazon Publishing. She lives in Peninsula, Ohio with her husband, son, and dog. Visit her online at

Thank you Lindsay for sharing your book and journey with us. I am sure your book will make one person very happy.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Loved the story behind the story of Don’t Forget Dexter! Thanks for sharing.


  2. I love the story of the story! Brobarians is favorite of mine, so I can’t wait to read this book. Thanks.


  3. Dexter is adorable! I loved When Blue Met Egg. Looking forward to reading this one.


  4. What a charming and delightful book, the story and art–I hope Dexter meets up with Jack soon. I look forward to reading your book Lindsay, and thanks for sharing Lindsay and her new book with us Kathy!


  5. I can’t wait to meet Dexter! He looks like great fun. I love his origin story as well. I hope your hubby doesn’t brag too much about giving you such a great idea.


  6. Dinosaurs are such a big draw with children.So nice to see a big, bad fearless dinosaur working through one of the biggest fears children have — being abandoned.


  7. Dexter is adorable! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Lindsay’s new book. I have also tweeted about the giveaway. Merry Christmas!!


  8. You must be celebrating the holidays by giving away books, Kathy. I tweeted and FB’d this one too! Thanks.


    • Carol,

      I am. I put it out there maybe three weeks ago and suddenly I received a lot of books. I think the last one is January 11th. I think it is a nice way to celebrate the holidays.

      Merry Christmas,



  9. Dexter is so sweet looking! My daughter had a “Dexter” too. We will need to add this to our collection of important tales.


  10. What a fun book! This one also goes on the list for my nephews.


  11. What a delight! I love this orange dinosaur!


  12. Well Dexter’s adorable and the book sounds like a lot of fun. I’m sure that kids will like it . Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I’ve tweeted a link:, and pinned an image on Pinterest: to share this post.
    Thanks again, Happy Holidays everyone!


  13. What a great idea for a book. This sounds adorable. I look forward to reading it!


  14. This looks like a great book.


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