Dino Pajama Party: A Bedtime Book

by Laurie Wallmark (Author) Michael Robertson (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Join the dinos for a bash before bedtime!

Much like us, dinosaurs love to have fun. Dinosaurs from all around gather together to play instruments, dance, and sing before bedtime. But soon the dinosaurs grow tired and need their rest. This is a book that's sure to have kids following the dinos' lead as they get ready to go to sleep.

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Kirkus Reviews

Who wouldn’t gladly boogie down to bed with, say, a toothy T. rex?

Publishers Weekly

Dinos rock and dinos roll./ Dinos stomp, and dinos stroll," Wallmark begins in this infectious picture book. "All the dinos on the street/ boogie to that funky beat," reads the next spread, and the narrative continues in couplets that match tempo as the dinosaurs dance around town, sing in onomatopoeia, form a band, and play instruments, until the party winds down as exhaustion overtakes them and they all trudge to their apparently communal home: a long hall packed with two parallel rows of beds. A variety of expressive, animation-style dinosaurs, boldly colored and dressed in multipatterned pajamas—onesies and long-sleeves, nightcaps and slippers—groove on each page, with an inviting array of warm digital textures by Robertson adding depth to each spread. Short, bouncy rhymes and energetic art will make this celebratory, familiar book a bedtime readaloud staple for dancers and dino-lovers both. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

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Laurie Wallmark
Award-winning author Laurie Wallmark writes picture book biographies of women in STEM. Her titles include Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How Elizebeth Friedman Changed the Course of Two World Wars; Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, which received four starred reviews and a Cook Prize Honor; Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code; Hedy Lamarr's Double Life, a Crystal Kite Winner and Cook Prize Honor recipient; and others. Laurie has an MFA in Writing from VCFA and is a former software engineer and computer science professor. You can find Laurie online at www.lauriewallmark.com and on twitter: @lauriewallmark and Instagram: @lauriewallmark

Adelina Lirius is an illustrator based in Stockholm, Sweden. She loves painting imaginary scenes, portraying nature, and depicting the different cultures she grew up with. Adelina is the illustrator of a picture book adaptation of The Secret Garden; The Fort by Laura Perdew; and I, Too, Am Mozart by Audrey Ades, which received a starred review from School Library Journal. Visit her on Instagram @adalinaillustration.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Running Press Kids
Publication date
October 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV031020 - Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Dance
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
Library of Congress categories

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