How Do Dinosaurs Say Trick or Treat? (How Do Dinosaurs...?)

by Jane Yolen (Author) Mark Teague (Illustrator)

How Do Dinosaurs Say Trick or Treat? (How Do Dinosaurs...?)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

It's trick or treat time for our bestselling dinosaurs! Roar with laughter in a Halloween adventure you will never forget!

How does a dinosaur say "trick or treat"

When walking down with kids down a Halloween street?

Does he stomp on the pumpkins and throw around bits?

Does he fear he will slip and then slide into splits?

It's Halloween time! The streets are filled with kids in costumes, the spooky decorations are out, but our inquisitive and rambunctious dinosaurs are not quite sure about trick or treating...

With a little practice, and some hilarious antics, our prehistoric friends learn some holiday tricks like carving smiling pumpkins, helping witches carry their brooms, and sharing some yummy treats. Join in the hilarity as the bestselling duo Jane Yolen and Mark Teague help young dinosaurs (and readers) have a great time at Halloween!

With over 23 million copies in print, each dino-mite How Do Dinosaurs book is a combination of hilarious situations and sing-song rhymes that show young children how to be more successful every day and in every way. The How Do Dinosaurs...? series will help children become confident readers while teaching them life lessons. And as an added bonus, the names of the dinosaurs are hidden on each page.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-Yolen and Teague build upon the success of their long-standing "How Do Dinosaurs" series with a title just in time for Halloween. Readers of previous entries will be familiar with the standard format: Yolen questions the dinosaurs about their hypothetical missteps and finishes with a reassurance of correct behavior expectations and a message of love. In the case of Halloween, the creatures' errant ways are slightly more murky, as this is one occasion where children are generally allowed to run wild. Because of this, the "appropriate" behaviors seem slightly out of place and reflect what an adult might do on Halloween: carve pumpkins, hand out awards, and open the door (with an illustration of a dinosaur holding the bowl of candy out to a trick-or-treater). This, however, will not prevent children and families from delighting in this latest title. Teague clearly takes great joy in his illustrations, introducing new and unusual scaled and feathered species to a diverse group of children who express shock and surprise at their presence. VERDICT This title will receive a double-dose of popularity in its combination of two favorite subjects: dinosaurs and Halloween.

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Teague’s vibrant illustrations depict the absurdity of huge, costumed dinosaurs playfully enjoying trick-or-treating in a conventional neighborhood.

Review quotes

Praise for How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodbye?:

Fans of any of the previous entries will rejoice at this new addition, which uses exaggeration and humor to help children acknowledge and deal with their dinosaur-sized emotions. — School Library Journal

Praise for How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets?:

Yolen's rhymes are jaunty, and, as always, Teague has a field day. His illustrations highlight the unbridled joy these vibrantly colored, lesser-known species of dinos... have playing with a variety of creatures. — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends?:

The 10th dinosaur outing for Yolen and Teague playfully addresses the minefield of school friendships, as always cleverly subbing in outsized dinosaur antics for the gigantic feelings in every little kid's body... who can resist when dinosaur buddies share a sincere, well-earned hug? — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe?:

This beloved series hit the ground running, and it's still going strong. — Booklist

As in previous outings, Teague's artwork steals the show, the realism of the scenes and human figures juxtaposed with the giant, though childish, dinos. Labels in the illustrations and endpapers will help dino mavens identify their favorites. Don'ts and Do's in a familiar formula go down easily for fans and will provide a good conversation starter for parents. — Kirkus Reviews

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. She lives in Western Massachusetts.
Mark Teague is the international 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 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.
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Scholastic Press
Publication date
July 02, 2024
How Do Dinosaurs...?
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV017030 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Halloween
Library of Congress categories

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