As an author, Laura is inspired by real things—like dinosaurs, Chihuahuas, her daughter Emma, real world problems with the environment—and then she lets her imagination loose and creates a world in which the real meets the fanciful, magical, mysterious, and mythical.
Her first book, BUYING, TRAINING, AND CARING FOR YOUR DINOSAUR (Knopf, 2009), is a guide to the most wonderful pet a kid can have: a pet dinosaur!
Laura's second book is a highly illustrated chapter book, ROYAL PRINCESS ACADEMY, DRAGON DREAMS (Dial, 2012), about a rather reluctant princess. Emma is not your typical princess. She dislikes pink, would rather play soccer than go dancing, and secretly dreams of being a dragon rider. And so, when she hears the news that dragons in the kingdom are becoming ill, does Emma quietly wait around for her fairy godmother to save the day? Of course not! She makes a plan to solve the dragon mystery herself. With a helping hand from her best friend, Rapunzel, and a surprising new pal, Emma might actually manage to save her favorite mythic creatures . . . and possibly even the whole kingdom.
Laura Rennert Author Literary Agent
Royal Princess Academy: Dragon Dreams
BANK STREET BEST BOOK OF 2013!
"Humorous. ...readers who share [Emma's] rough-and-tumble nature should find her a winning role model." —Publishers Weekly
"The characters are likable and entertaining, the humorous plot moves quickly and holds readers' interest, and the appealing cartoon illustrations add another dimension. Princess fans will not be disappointed by this early chapter book." —School Library Journal
Buying, Training, and Caring for Your Dinosaur
"This starter guide will come in handy, whether kids are in the market for a new fantasy pet or just a fun read-aloud...Youngsters will quickly become absorbed in this enjoyable mix of facts, fantasy, and fossils." —Booklist
"From dino descriptions to basic commands—"STAY (Ha!)"—to exercising your dino and taking it to school, it's a cheery descendant of Bernard Most's classic If the Dinosaurs Came Back (1978)." —Kirkus Review
"The opening spread, filled with smiling dinosaurs and children's faces, sets the tone for this tongue-in-cheek guide .... [Marc Brown's] overly enthusiastic, sweet-faced, humongous patterned dinosaurs are—in defiance of natural history—irresistibly delicious." —School Library Journal