George Strait might be known as the reigning “king of country music,” but he’s no slouch with a bedtime story, either.
Earlier this week the legendary artist went live on Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Facebook page to share a cute story called Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner, and it turned out to be a heartwarming look into Strait as a family man.
Written by Gareth Edwards and first published in 2014, the imaginative story is filled with amazing animals and colorful language — even teaching kids a few big words while it helps them drift off to sleep. Strait was taking part in his home state’s Stars of Texas Storytime series, “a virtual story time program for children and families during the COVID-19 response.” Special guests read various stories every Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m. on Facebook live, and other readers have so far included Kendra Scott, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Colt McCoy and more.
Strait sits on a big comfy couch in his trademark cowboy hat to read it, the 67-year-old icon smiling like the proud grandpa he is and showing off the pictures. While his soft-spoken voice might be more powerful onstage, it’s never sounded so kind as it does here, explaining why you shouldn’t dine with a dinosaur (because they’re ferocious and their manners are atrocious), or share your toothbrush with a shark, or let a beaver in your sink.
“That’s all for this book,” Strait says at the end, clearly entertained and perhaps hinting at another round of story time in the future. “Hope you liked it. And remember, never ask a dinosaur to dinner … I know I’m not going to, hope you don’t either.”