Mascot Books Publishes The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TryantoCrankaTuris

By Steven Joseph

Herndon, VA; April 2, 2019: Mascot Books announces the release of The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris written by Steven Joseph.

Many people grew up thinking that dinosaurs became extinct when the Dark Ages arrived. That is only partly true. Yes, the Dark Ages did come, but the tiniest dinosaur survived, and believe it or not, humans descended from this very special dinosaur: the TyrantoCrankaTsuris.


In the culturally diverse boroughs of New York City and the tristate area, the term tsuris—the Yiddish word for problems—and kvetch (complaining about those tsuris) are common place. To hear Steve Joseph tell it, tsuris are as old as the dinosaurs—the TryantoCrankaTsuris to be exact, a tiny dinosaur who complained so much she made all the other dinosaurs go extinct.


But when she meets the TryantoKvetchaTsuris, the only dinosaur who was immune from her incessant complaining, something magical happens. As it turns out, everyone has a bit of TryantoCrankaTsuris and TryantoKvetchaTsuris in them. The Last Surviving Dinosaur reminds readers to keep their tsuris in check and be mindful of when and how often they kvetch—a lesson from which all readers, young and old, can benefit.


This wacky “Survival of the Crankiest” tale pays homage to Steven’s days growing up in the Bronx, and is dedicated to his mother, a concentration camp and breast cancer survivor who passed away in September 2017, and his adult daughter. Steven Joseph lives in Hoboken, New Jersey where he works as an attorney. 


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About Mascot Books


Mascot Books, located in Herndon, Virginia, was co-founded in 2003 by Naren Aryal. Mascot Books has published over 1,000 books with a diverse library of titles including children’s, young adult, fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, and more. Learn more at



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Meet the TyrantoCrankaTsuris, the cranky dinosaur who survived the Dark Ages and became the oldest ancestor of mankind. The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris by Steven Joseph is a story set around the Jewish culture where everyone in the neighborhood got together and spoke about their Tsuris. Everyone complained about their Tsuris (which means complaints in Yiddish) with a sense of pride. Whether it was Aunt Zaydie, Aunt Ruthie, Dottie, Uncle Mottie or Uncle Shmukie, they all talked about their Tsuris. 

This beautiful story will show young readers how to talk about their problems instead of being consumed by them. Woven deftly through the life of a Jewish family and told through the eyes of TyrantoCrankaTsuris, the smallest dinosaur on the planet, the story is a good way to help readers, both children and adults, deal with crankiness in a good way. Andy Case brings the scenes, characters, and concept alive with his wonderful illustrations that give the story a good pace and movement. 

I really like the coined words TyrantoCrankaTsuris and TyranoKvetchaTsuris and these will encourage readers to have just the right amount of crankiness and be not too cranky; just the right amount to keep the planet happy. Stories like this are good to encourage children to deal with their emotions and not be too cranky. It is a good story for bedtime storytelling and reading aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries to guide children in dealing with their problems instead of being consumed by them. The story is expressed in a way that is easy for them to comprehend."

You can learn more about Steven Joseph and "The Last Surviving Dinosaur" at where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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