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Naperville North teacher writes a holiday tale for kids

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Naperville North High School English teacher Mitch Martin reads to his sons, Soren and Alec, from his new children's book, "Op-Op the Triceratops: A Cretaceous Christmas Tale." Martin says he was inspired to write the 24-page, brightly illustrated book to help teach his kids, and others, to value their family and not their wish list.

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English teacher Mitch Martin is used to working with high school students at Naperville North, but his first book is geared to youngsters ages 4 to 8.

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Mitch Martin at his Lisle home with sons Soren and Alec, who served as an inspiration for his first book, "Op-Op the Triceratops: A Cretaceous Christmas Tale."

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Mitch Martin's first book, "Op-Op the Triceratops," is available in print via Amazon and as an e-book for Amazon's Kindle. E-books are pending for iPads and Barnes & Noble's Nook.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

"Op-Op" was illustrated by Beth Tomashek, 18, a former Naperville North student who now studies computer animation at the Ringling College of Art and Design.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Beth Tomashek, 18, who studies computer animation at the Ringling College of Art and Design, did all the illustrations for "Op-Op the Triceratops."

Courtesy Beth Tomashek

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If you've been a parent of young kids on Christmas morning, you've probably ended up playing referee more often than Santa. You know the scene: siblings clashing over presents, complaining they didn't get what they wanted on their wish list. What do you do? Appease them with more presents or Christmas cookies and go on your merry way? Warn them that if they misbehave again, they'll have to wear a pink bunny costume from their Aunt Clara?
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    • Naperville North High School English teacher Mitch Martin reads to his sons, Soren and Alec, from his new children's book, “Op-Op the Triceratops: A Cretaceous Christmas Tale.” Martin says he was inspired to write the 24-page, brightly illustrated book to help teach his kids, and others, to value their family and not their wish list.
    • English teacher Mitch Martin is used to working with high school students at Naperville North, but his first book is geared to youngsters ages 4 to 8.
    • Mitch Martin at his Lisle home with sons Soren and Alec, who served as an inspiration for his first book, “Op-Op the Triceratops: A Cretaceous Christmas Tale.”
    • Mitch Martin’s first book, “Op-Op the Triceratops,” is available in print via Amazon and as an e-book for Amazon’s Kindle. E-books are pending for iPads and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.
    • “Op-Op” was illustrated by Beth Tomashek, 18, a former Naperville North student who now studies computer animation at the Ringling College of Art and Design.
    • Beth Tomashek, 18, who studies computer animation at the Ringling College of Art and Design, did all the illustrations for “Op-Op the Triceratops.”
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