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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? [Hardcover]

Jane Hyatt Yolen , Mark Teague
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April 1 2000 How Do Dinosaurs
In each playful spread of this read-aloud bedtime book, parents are ready to put their kids to bed&mdashbut these youngsters just happen to be dinosaurs!

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"How does a dinosaur say good night when Papa comes in to turn off the light? Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout? Does he throw his teddy bear all about? Does a dinosaur stomp his feet on the floor and shout: 'I want to hear one book more!'? DOES A DINOSAUR ROAR?" Most certainly not. Dinosaurs give their mommies and daddies big hugs and kisses, tuck their tales in, and whisper "Good night!"

Every sleepy little dinosaur will recognize the tricks of the trade in these bedtime shenanigans. The chuckle factor is sky-high here, with giant, full-page pictures of cleverly identified Tyrannosaurus rexes, triceratopses, and Pteranodons. A variety of human mothers and fathers trying to put their dinosaur children to bed will bring the point home that the story may have something to do with human kid behavior as well. This good-natured nighttime book is sure to be a winner (even though it might inspire a few noisy dinosaur antics), especially as it's written by Jane Yolen, prolific Caldecott Medalist author of Owl Moon. Yolen and Mark Teague have teamed up to create a fun, silly, playful read-aloud. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

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Set to a lilting bedtime beat, this rollicking rumpus of a tale ups the humor ante in a familiar scenario by substituting dinosaurs for children: "How does a dinosaur say good night when Papa comes in to turn off the light?" In a series of snappy lines, Yolen (Off We Go!, reviewed above; Queen's Own Fool, reviewed below) highlights a variety of postponement antics, some familiar (moping, sulking and demanding "one book more!"), some of a distinctly dinosaur variety--"Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout? Does he throw his teddy bear all about?" Teague makes hay with the text, and as always his illustrations are a flurry of sly madcap inspiration. He chooses the winged Pteranodon (spelled out in ABC blocks on the bedroom floor) as the character who throws his teddy bear while flying about the room; for "Does he swing his neck from side to side" it's the snake-headed Apatosaurus who does the swinging. Under his sure direction, the sight gag never grows stale, and the sight of a T-Rex puckering up for a kiss, or an enormous Stegosaurus crammed into a tiny bed and daintily turning off the light switch with the tip of his tail, is sure to elicit giggles. As the endpapers reveal, there's a cast of 10 dinosaurs featured here, and sharp eyes will enjoy spotting their proper names tucked into each illustration. This rib-tickling bedtime fare packs plenty of appeal. Ages 2-up. (Apr.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dinosaurs act up at bedtime too! April 29 2004
Format:Hardcover
This imaginative book features a large cast of "real" dinosaurs acting as naughty as real kids do when it's bedtime. I loved the pictures of exasperated parents as a huge brontosaurus throws covers on the floor or a tyrannasaurus rex runs around the room. My second grade niece, a good reader, handles the text with ease but isn't too old to be tickled by the concept. Younger siblings like this one too. Inside the front cover is a chart with small drawings of the characters and their scientific names--an educational bonus!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How do you think? April 11 2004
Format:Hardcover
I'm always pleased when an author and an illustrator of equal talents are placed together by a clever editor so as to produce a wonderful piece of picture book art. Jane Yolen is the author of, honest to goodness, more than two hundred books for both children and adults. Just pause a while and marvel at her consistency, if you will. Mark Teague may not have that many works under his belt, but what he lacks in proliferation he makes up for in downright fabulous illustrating. If you've read his charming "Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters From Obedience School" then you are aware of how amazingly adept this man is. Taking those monstrous creatures co-opted by children as their favorite animals, Yolen and Teague have created a book that proves what we've suspected all along. Your children are merely little dinosaurs in disguise.
The premise of this book is simple. Sleepy dinosaurs do NOT want to go to bed at night. The book ponders just how exactly these dinos do say their goodnights to their parents. The parents in this book, by the way, are always human while their dinosaur offspring fill their bedrooms from ceiling to floor. So how do dinosaurs say good night? Well, they can insist on reading one more book. They can fall onto their beds in tears. They can slam their tails about and pout too. But no, my friends. In the end, dinosaurs do none of these things. Instead, they give their parents a big kiss and a hug, tuck their tales into their beds, and say good night. Just like a good little dinosaur should.
The hope after reading this tale is that kids will understand that all the naughty behavior exhibited by the dinosaurs in the early parts of the book will be negated by the good behavior exhibited at the end. How well this works, I do not know. One thing is for certain, however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Illustrated Aug. 1 2003
Format:Hardcover
The first thing that comes to mind when I look at this book is how beautifully illustrated it is. The images are rich, engaging and a delight to absorb.
The book covers ten dinosaurs -- Allosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Apatosaurus, Corythosaurus, Dimetrodon, Pteranodon, Stegosaurus, Trachodon, Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex. All of them appear so friendly that your child just might invite them for a sleepover. Moreover, they are anatomically correct, insofar as they can be for cartoon like illustrations.
One of the most interactive pieces of the book is that each illustration has hidden within it the name of the dinosaur. Everytime my son and I read this book he seeks out the dinosaur's name. It's a dino I Spy game for him.
He's also fascinated with the fact that he can match the dinosaurs from the inside covers (front and back) with those within the story.
Of course, beautiful illustrations are important, but so is the story line. This one is done well. The illustrations show the dinosaurs engaging in all sorts of antics to avoid going to sleep. However, the point of this is to question whether or not dinosaurs show "naughty" bedtime behavior. They do not. In the end, dinosaurs "tuck in their tails" and "whisper, 'Good night!'
Overally, I would highly recommend this book for dinosaur loving preschoolers! It is beautiful, interactive and well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to make bedtime a little easier. March 6 2002
Format:Hardcover
This book is now a favorite of my two and half year old daughter. She asks me to read it to her at least once a day. The premise of the story is to show the proper way to say goodnight. The first half of the book shows dinosaurs acting up at bedtime (hmm kind of reminds me of my daughter) and the second part shows dinosaurs saying goodnight nicely. The pictures of the dinosaurs really crack her up. She loves the opening picture of the dinosaur in the tub and the one of the dinosaur holding a toy train. The pictures are so charming that I am sure they will have adults smiling too. The text is simple enough for a small child to memorize and the names of the dinosaurs are included on the page with their picture to provide even more learning oppurtunities. This book has made my daughter so crazy for dinosaurs that I intend to take her to a dinosaur exhibit at our local science museum. The best part of this book is that it has actually made my daughter go to bed with less resistance. When she starts to act up I just quote a line or two from the book and she settles right down. Last night she told me "goodnight mama dinosaur." We love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story for any age Nov. 28 2001
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. Every page has the name of the dinosaur somewhere within the bedroom. And they are also all pictured with the name below on the first and last pages of the book. It starts off with "How do dinosaurs say goodnight when (and it is papa the first half of the book and then mama) comes in to turn off the light?" The dinosaurs are in bed and are basically large children and how they either will or won't want to go to bed, i.e "fall on his covers and cry?" or "stomp hisfeet on the floor and shout I want to hear one book more." All actions that any person who has read a child a bedtime story can relate too. Every child that I know has this book and loves it. You can enjoy reading it for it is basically simple reading that a child learning to read can memorize and tell you the story. Or sometimes they will just make up new actions to go along with the beautifully illustrated pictures. And the whole time they can learn all the dinosaurs. I think that this is a must for every in house library. Any kid will love it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ending is good, everything leading up to it is eh
So the book goes through all of the "bad" bedtime behavior you don't want your kid to do and I think it is giving my daughter ideas! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Stephanie Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars A great bedtime story
My husband bought this book for our son and it has quickly become his favorite bed time story. He loves the illustrations and when we combine the actions with the story (give a... Read more
Published on May 13 2005 by JBrash
4.0 out of 5 stars A Neat Book
I recently purchased this book for my 2-year old son and he instantly fell in love with it. The book features a series of large and colorful illustrations of dinosaurs [what... Read more
Published on April 3 2004 by Orrin J. Hager
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute
This is an adorable book. Children love the rhyming prose. I read this book to my students today and they were thoroughly engrossed. Read more
Published on March 23 2004 by ardnam
4.0 out of 5 stars Undeniably cute
This is really a cute book. The illustrations are warm and friendly. I like how subtly the names of the dinosaurs appear ... sometimes spelled out with blocks or on a bedstead. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stuffie, Even More Delighful Book
For those of us who have ever wondered how do dinosaurs say good-night, Jane Yolen and Mark Teague have provided what should remain the definitive answer. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by Ricky Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the DVD
I do not own this book. My husband purchased a compilation of animated stories on a DVD entitled Goodnight Gorilla. This story was the second one on the DVD. IT IS FANTASTIC!!!! Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2003 by Kathleen Naylon Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
My 17 mos old daughter loves this book! she brings it to us every night. It has great illustrations, cute rhyme, it's perfect for all little dinosaur's bedtime.
Published on Sept. 3 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
The book is a really nice. The artwork is fantastic. Some of the expressions the dinosaurs have are truly funny. There are also details within the illustrations that are fun. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2003 by G. Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bedtime Book
Both my 20-month-old and 3.5-year-old daughters love this book. It is fun to read with fantastic illustrations, but there are other books that meet those criteria. Read more
Published on June 26 2003 by SandyCB
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