How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (How Do Dinosaurs...?)

by Jane Yolen (Author) Mark Teague (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A playful peek into the homes of dinosaur babies and their parents at bedtime!

How do dinosaurs say good night?

Brimming with humor and familiar good-night antics, here is a playful peek into the homes of dinosaur children and their parents at bedtime. Perfect for sharing and reading aloud, this is one nighttime book your own little dinosaur will want to read again and again.


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Starred Review
A delight from start to finish; better buy more than one.

Publishers Weekly

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 Publishers Weekly, Used with permission.

School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-K A rhyming, moral read-it-again tale. "How does a dinosaur say good night when Papa comes in to turn off the light?/Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout?" Teague's wonderful rounded illustrations show 10 dinosaur species (all identified) as they settle down for the night in their human households. "Does a dinosaur stomp his feet on the floor/and shout: I want to hear one book more?'" After demonstrating a variety of bad bedtime behaviors, the reptiles are then shown to be model youngsters. "They give a big hug, then give one kiss more." While the message is a little obvious, it is impossible to resist Teague's endearing dinos.-Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT

Copyright 2000 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen is the beloved author of more than 365 books for children and adults, including award-winning picture books, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition to two Nebula Awards and a National Book Award nomination, she has received a Golden Kite from SCBWI, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, and the California Young Reader Medal. Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? was an ALA Notable Book and a Christopher Medal winner. The book has gone on to become a widely popular bestselling series with over 15 million copies in print. She lives in Western Massachusetts.
Mark Teague is the internationally bestselling illustrator (and author) of more than 50 books for children. His numerous awards and honors include the Book Sense Book of the Year Award and the Christopher Medal. He has illustrated 12 full-size books and 11 board books in the widely successful How Do Dinosaurs...? series. He is the author of the popular Dear Mrs. LaRue, Firehouse!, and Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries. He lives in New York State.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780590316811
Lexile Measure
350L
Guided Reading Level
I
Publisher
Blue Sky Press
Publication date
April 20, 2000
Series
How Do Dinosaurs...?
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
Library of Congress categories
Dinosaurs
Behavior
Bedtime
Stories in rhyme
Nevada Young Readers' Award
Nominee 2003 - 2003
Book Sense Book of the Year Award
Nominee 2001 - 2001
Parents Choice Award (Spring) (1998-2007)
Winner 2000 - 2000
Christopher Awards
Winner 2001 - 2001
Florida Children's Book Award
Winner 2002 - 2002
Massachusetts Book Award (MassBook)
Honor Book 2001 - 2001
Buckaroo Book Award
Nominee 2001 - 2002
Texas 2x2 Reading List
Recommended 2001 - 2001

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