How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday? (How Do Dinosaurs...?)

by Jane Yolen (Author) Mark Teague (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Surprise! Our bestselling little dinosaurs are back for a BIG birthday celebration!

Everyone has a birthday, and from riotous birthday parties to the excitement of being one year older, having a birthday is the highlight of a young child's year.

All little dinosaurs love to get presents, and this new board book will be an immediate favorite. From birthday hats to Ceratosaurus-sized cakes, America's young readers will laugh out loud as the celebration moves from "bad" birthday behavior to just the right amount of silliness and sharing. Bestselling duo Jane Yolen and Mark Teague have created the perfect introduction to birthday parties, with the same beloved humor and warmth of all their previous bestselling "How Do Dinosaurs" books.

Here's a wonderful way to say "Happy Birthday!" to any dinosaur...young or old!

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Publishers Weekly

As in their previous books, Yolen and Teague delicately nudge readers toward appropriate behavior using rhetorical questions and loveably indecorous dinosaurs. At a birthday party, does a dinosaur child "finger the frosting, / lick all the ice cream?" or "grab all the presents?/ Snatch up every card?" A yellow and red Kentrosaurus "greets every guest—then tells them/ their presents are simply the best." As ever, the joy is in the dinos' impish behavior, as Yolen and Teague prove there's no social situation that can't be made more fun with dinosaurs. Ages 3-5. (Sept.)

Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

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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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Blue Sky Press (AZ)
Publication date
September 01, 2011
How Do Dinosaurs...?
BISAC categories
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV017100 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Birthdays
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme

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