FORT WORTH, TX. Author Alexander Burns today announced the sale of book rights to HarperCollins Children’s Books for his prose book, “The Pizzasaurus.” The book follows the adventures of a young boy and his friends as they confront a deadly menace to their community and pizza parlors. Mr. Burns utilizes nearly thirty years of experience consuming pizza and doodling dinosaurs to bring to light the perils of such a grotesque combination.
Said Mr. Burns at the announcement briefing, “I can only hope that this book will shed some light on this serious problem. The problem of dinosaurs eating all our pizza.”
“I think it’s a remarkable piece of work,” said Neil Gaiman, whose HarperCollins-published “The Graveyard Book” won the 2009 John Newbery Medal. “Very much a fantasy a young child can identify with.”
When asked about the inspiration for the work, Mr. Burns replied, “Uh, I don’t really remember. I wrote it when I was like nine. Mrs. Mitchell, my fourth grade teacher, liked it, though.”
“We’re very excited to begin this relationship with such a fresh voice,” said Susan Katz, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books. “I’m well aware of the outcry concerning young boys and pizza. We feel like this is an important step forward for a topic largely kept out of the public eye.”
Illustrations for the book are expected to be produced by renowned French illustrator Françoise Mouly.
HarperCollins will publish the audio edition of the book on CD and digital download simultaneous with the hardcover publication.