The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris


A quick, light weight, informative, empowering yet gorgeous read with a literal feel, ‘The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris’ is a short story of TyrantoCrankaTsuris who’s crankiness is the reason for the extinction of large, powerful bragging dinosaurs, making her and TyrantoKvetchaTsuris the ancestors of humans.

With humorous- colloquial language, author Steven Joseph plunges his little listeners and their story narrators right into an engaging tale where text seamlessly blends fantasy with reality sprinkling culturally specific details smartly illustrated through brightly colored pictures supporting the sense of enchantment.

Definitely an easy and successful introduction about overcoming crankiness and the joy of being oneself, author Steven Joseph’s ‘The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris’ is a book of undeniable potentials and a marvelous journey of memories worth experiencing, sharing and cherishing. 5 stars!    Enas Reviews, October 17, 2019

  • Stemming from the author's personal experiences of how he learned to manage his own crankiness as a child, this tale aims to provide a character that readers can learn from and use as an example to manage their own set of emotions. Many will find the over-the-top kvetching humorous as family members (and dinosaurs) duke it out for the best tsuris with antics such as plantar warts, getting bitten by an alligator, a brain tumor, and even brains splattering. The digital cartoon-style illustrations play off of the text giving visual clues and engaging the reader further with the bright colors and emotive characters. If you need an original and far-out fable to read to any young cranks in your home, this could be the book for you. . -- The Children's Book Review 

    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."
    Mamta Madhaven of Readers' Favorite
    The TyrantoCrankaTsuris" is a playful, imaginative picture book tale that draws inspiration from Jewish culture as author Steven Joseph reminds children and adults alike that we all have a little TyrantoCrankaTsuris in us and encourages young readers to balance their woes with the positive things in life in pursuit of a happier world. A charming, entertaining, and thoroughly 'kid friendly' picture book story, "The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris" is very highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections.  Midwest Reviews
    The subtitle of the book may be a mouthful, but that's certainly a part of the book's charm, as Joseph has cleverly integrated elements of Jewish culture... Joseph's narrative, set within a cloud on a blue background, draws the eye. It's simple without being simplistic, and funny without compromising the integrity of the story. Case's illustrations are lively, colorful and creative, and sure to have young children laughing and asking parents some pretty interesting questions!...All in all,  The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris is a charming picture book that teaches both children and their parents about natural history, life lessons, neighborhoods, and family units, with a fun and instructive cultural twist. --Self-Publishing Review
    Enjoy reading this book to young children while explaining why crankiness often equals ungratefulness, since being grateful is widely regarded as one of the keys to happiness. THE LAST SURVIVING DINOSAUR: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris is a cute and clever tale with delightful illustrations by Andy Case, especially those of the titular dino. 
    ~Kent Page McGroarty for IndieReader
    A short lesson in Yiddish introduces tsuris (big problems) and kvetching (complaining) to a young, dinosaur-loving audience in this humorous debut from author Joseph and illustrator Case (Puppy Drama, 2016, etc.). In Joseph’s first-person narration, he explains how, in his Bronx neighborhood, his relatives competed over who had the worst tsuris. Joseph used that lifelong “tsuris training” to develop a tale for his daughter. According to Joseph, when all the other dinosaurs went extinct, the smallest, most dangerous dinosaur survived: the TyrantoCrankaTsuris. When she got sick of how the other dinosaurs bragged about their strength, she let out a wail of complaints that sent the other dinosaurs packing. Her complaints even made the whole planet go dark! Luckily, one other dinosaur, the TyrantoKvetchaTsuris, survived as well, and the pair became the ancestors of humanity. Joseph uses the tall tale to explain that humans should never get too cranky or complain too loudly or they might cause yet another creature’s extinction. Fictional science aside, the delivery and repetition of the real kvetching from Joseph’s family in the TyrantoKvetchaTsuris’ litany of complaints will be laugh-out-loud funny for adults, who may have to translate it for their kids. Case’s cartoonish caricatures and silly saurians, all set against simple backgrounds, capture the comical tone. - Kirkus Review
     Meet TyrantoCrankaTsuris. She is one cranky dinosaur who survived and became mankind's oldest ancestor. This fun & energetic tale draws inspiration from Jewish culture. The story portrays that we have a little TyrantoCrankaTsuris in us & encourages us to carefully express our feelings & emotions. ❤ . I really like the unique approach to learn a bit about different culture & journey to the dinosaur life. The story is playful & spurs creativity & imagination. I love its sense of humor, my kiddo loves dinos & learning how different emotions can be and what can happen if we get a bit cranky. Hehe. A sweet story to add to your bookshelf! 💛.  Stylish Modern Motherhood