How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? (How Do Dinosaurs...?)

by Jane Yolen (Author) Mark Teague (Illustrator)

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? (How Do Dinosaurs...?)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Parents and children can never have enough ways to say "I love you"--and now, America's favorite dinosaurs are giving families a funny book, perfect for bedtime, storytime, anytime.

Even when little dinosaurs are naughty, it's important to remind them that no matter what they do, they are always loved. In this book, readers will laugh aloud as parents cope with the typical antics of childhood, but in the end, hugs and kisses show your little one how much you care.

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Publishers Weekly

The latest in Yolen and Teague's long-running series features dinosaurs testing boundariesthen making amends: You woke in the morning in such a bad mood, a human mom reproaches her colossal neovenator, who grumpily rubs his eyes in his bed. But later, an ouranosaurus with a crenellated red fan along his spine exits the house, blowing a kiss to his adoring dad: But then you blew kisses and waved from the door. I love you, I love you, my dinosaur. Kids should relate to the dinosaurs' mood swings and take heart in the notion that love conquers all. Up to age 4. (Oct.)

Copyright 2009 Publishers Weekly, Used with permission.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1 In this ninth outing in the series, the naughty behaviors of young dinosaurs are followed by an endearing act that reminds their human parents why they love their offspring. The situations are familiar: "Out in the sandbox/you threw lots of sand./You ran from the slide, /after slapping my hand." Fans can follow the 10 dinosaurs by starting with their names and pictures on the endpapers. Expressions are expertly painted for humorous effect, including the defiant Tsintaosaurus letting water overflow onto the floor and the rollicking Pachycephalosaurus kicking the seat while mother is driving the car. The large, colorful spreads and rhyming text that is still a joy to listen to after repeated readings make this a successful storytime selection. Well-designed pictures and skillfully arranged words will entice newly independent readers, who will be challenged to find the dinosaur name hand-lettered in the illustration where the creature is introduced. The familiar format will produce laughs, kisses, and cuddles during or after an exhausting day of many of the same events. - Debbie S. Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI

Copyright 2009 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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
October 06, 2009
How Do Dinosaurs...?
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV013000 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | General
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Conduct of life
Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up)
Silver Medal Winner 2009 - 2009

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