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Author of books for young people

Surprise Dinosaur!

Coming in Spring 2025

Surprise Dinosaur loves to surprise people. Heck, "Surprise" is his first name! But he's also a massive Tyrannosaurus Rex. So when he sneaks up on humans and roars really loudly, the humans tend to flee in terror. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Thankfully, Surprise Dinosaur meets a guy with a foolproof solution to the whole "terrifying everyone" problem. But will it mean Surprise Dinosaur has to give up his greatest passion? We won't spoil the surprise for you! 

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Updates and links to come!


Lucas Klauss was born and raised in Georgia. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he moved to New York City and received an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School.


Lucas's thesis project at the New School later became his young adult novel, Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse. Published by Simon & Schuster, it was an Amazon Best of the Month selection and a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year.

Inspired by his young sons, Lucas began writing picture books. It took a few tries, but Surprise Dinosaur! will be his debut as a picture book author. Mike Moran is illustrating the story, out from Sourcebooks in 2025.

A longtime children's book industry professional, Lucas now lives in North Carolina with his family.

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