How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad? (How Do Dinosaurs...?)

by Jane Yolen (Author)

How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad? (How Do Dinosaurs...?)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Brimming with humor, this sparkling new book handles a timeless children's topic with wit and wisdom. Romp and stomp! Roar and slam! Almost everyone gets angry. But how can young dinosaurs also learn to calm down, take a time out, and behave?

The award-winning team of Yolen and Teague have created a fun, engaging book sure to help children handle anger and frustration. Readers will laugh at the antics of an Afrovenator's tantrum and a storming Pachyrhinosaurus.

Anger can be difficult to talk about with your child, but even when little dinosaurs are furious, it's important to help them handle their feelings and remind them they are always loved. With the same warmth, charm, and humor in all the bestselling How Do Dinosaurs books, here is the perfect way to say, "I'm sorry--and I love you."

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2—This humorous story features angry dinosaurs acting out and, with the help of human parents, learning how to cope with this powerful emotion. A different dino is featured in each rhyming scenario. "When Papa says, 'No!' does he [Scaphognathus] grumble and pout?/When Mama says, 'No!' does he [Thecodont] throw toys about?" After he is told to take a time-out, the Afrovenator counts to 10 and breathes calmly. The Sauropelta proceeds to clean up the mess he made; Beipiaosaurus apologizes to his mom and gives her a hug. Yolen creates a wonderful story arc using one or two sentences per page. The illustrations, made with acrylics in muted hues, jump off the page. Each dinosaur covers almost three quarters of a spread, dwarfing his human family members, and is illustrated with great facial expression and body language. Teague includes several types of dinos and creatively tucks in the corresponding name (Lystrosaurus, Barapasaurus, Pachyrhinosaurus) in small letters near each one. The clever endpapers create a key. Pair this outstanding title with Molly Bang's classic When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry... (Scholastic, 1999). Yolen's story is spot-on and can easily be used in a storytime about anger, or in a one-on-one setting.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY

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Publishers Weekly

Yes, even dinosaurs have bad days, and a few of them are at their worst in this addition to Yolen and Teague's popular series. It's always a delight to watch Teague's dinosaurs misbehave, and that's especially true when they're throwing tantrums: an ungainly barapa-saurus sticks out its tongue at its human sister (who sticks hers out right back), a thecodont "throw" toys about," and an afrovenator scribbles its name on the wall and sends a chair flying "When he's told to sit still." As in the previous books, proper behavior--including hugs, apologies, and neatening up--closes out the book. Good advice on handling albertosaurus-size bad moods. Ages 3-5. (Oct.)

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Jane Yolen
Jane Yolen is the author of more than 300 books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon and the New York Times best-selling How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? With Candlewick, she is the editor of three collections of poems for children: Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems; Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry; and This Little Piggy: Lap Songs, Finger Plays, Clapping Games, and Pantomime Rhymes. She divides her time between Massachusetts and Scotland.

Kelly Murphy is the illustrator of Loony Little: An Environmental Tale. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Guided Reading Level
Blue Sky Press (AZ)
Publication date
September 24, 2013
How Do Dinosaurs...?
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV013000 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | General
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Temper tantrums
Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up)
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