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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Do Sharks and Dogs Mix?


My Florida friend Mark is at it again with his fantastic photography of dogs (an example above) and nature, and his equally fantastic writing. Mark and his wife Marisa (who is a talented artist) lead fossil tours in Florida via their company Fossil Expeditions, and also have Paleopress, a publishing company. 
If you want a wonderful kid's book (in PDF form) as a Christmas present, go on over to their Paleopress site and take a look at their book, "Two Little Dogs, One Big Shark." Actually, it's great for grownups, too.
































What does the town mayor do when he discovers a giant shark tooth in the local river where everyone swims? He calls the famous doggie detectives Coonie and Taz. Together the fearless and clever canines get to the bottom of the "Megalodon Mystery"! 

An 85-page fun, fictional story that includes the basics of paleontology and geology. Actual photos of Coonie and Taz in the Peace River in Florida. Geared for silly kids 4-8 years-old or sillier adults.

REVIEWS:

"Bone Gripping!" -- Dog World News

"Three woofs!" -- Canine Gazette

"Two Paws up!" -- Daily Barker 




I also loved his book, "Autumn with Darwin," capturing his autumn road trip into the Carolinas with his spunky blue heeler, Darwin. It has some of the most stunning autumn photos I've ever seen. He has other books, too, and if you're a fan of Floridian fossils, you'll have a feast. You can also purchase his fantastic nature photos at the website Florida Time Forgot.

Do yourself a favor and buy books direct from the author—you won't regret it. His books leave the mind and senses feeling kind of like when you tasted your very first creme brulee—or whatever your favorite dessert might be. Pretty sweet.

2 comments:

  1. Mark and Marissa must be near my old stomping grounds, Polk County FL.... possibly near Mulberry or Bartow where all the great old fossils are found ??? We are about an hour away from there now, down near Sebring at Highlands Hammock State Park. Thanks for recommending the books. I sent our youngest grandson a nice pottery jar filled with old shatks teeth. My dad was a citrus inspector with USDA and always walking around the groves kicking up sharks teeth! I passed the collection on to Ryan on his birthday and started a whole new interest in his life. He just turned 13. I will check these books out... too late to get them for Christmas, but maybe for his next birthday! Thanks again!
    Hope you have a very warm and happy CHRISTmas!

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    1. Geri, they're in Ft. Meyers. Their fossil hunts are fabulous and include kids - you guys might want to try one out with the grandkids. :)

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