Synopses & Reviews
In this read-along picture book, a classroom full of young dinosaurs plays with toys, does art projects, and reads books. But each activity is another opportunity for the over-enthusiastic Tyrannosaurus Rex to wreak havoc. Parents and young children will love the call-and-response nature of the book, and young dinosaur fans will appreciate the listing (and pronunciation guide) for a dozen different dino species. The format is extra vertical in order to accommodate T. Rexandrsquo;s biggest messes.
Praise for Tyrannosaurus Wrecks
andquot;Punchy writing, an equally in-your-face palette, and OHoraandrsquo;s characteristically brash painting style make this as much a stompalong as a readaloud.andquot;
andquot;Along with the pleasure of pronouncing those multisyllabic dino names, young audiences may find food for thought in the behavioral dynamics on display.andquot;
andquot;Warmly colored with childlike bodies and emotive faces, Ohoraandrsquo;s dinosaurs are among the cutest you will come across in childrenandrsquo;s books.andquot;
andquot;The brief rhyming text, which scans well, tells a story with child appeal. There is a good balance of two-to-three word sentences with large, uncluttered illustrations, making the book a good choice for reading aloud. In their simplicity, the brightly colored pictures have the look of childrenandrsquo;s art, but they enhance the classroom setting appropriately with interesting details.andquot;
--School Library Journal
andquot;The shapely dinos, whose rough charcoal-style outlines and strong colors vividly contrast with the white or sometimes black backgrounds, are chunky and friendly in an eight-crayon-box color scheme and snazzy Peanuts-reminiscent outfits.andquot;
--Bulletin of the Center for Childrenandrsquo;s Books
andquot;Together the chanting rhythm, ragged lines, and setting of an un-chaperoned dinosaur class create a satisfyingly high-energy, primal read-aloud strongly reminiscent of Bob Sheaandrsquo;s and#39;Dinosaur vs.and#39; series.andquot;
--The Horn Book Magazine
*Yolen, Jane. Illus. by Teague, Mark. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Apr. 2000. 40p.
Scholastic/Blue Sky,$15.95 (0-590-31681-8).
Age 4-6. The text is sweet and simple-just right for the wonderful pictures that really make this picture book spe- cial. Teague's art takes dinosaurs out of their usual con- text and plops them into bed (a rather comical fit) for a sleepy-time tale with a difference. Endpapers introduce the critter cast in all their gorgeous glory: tyrannosaurus rex, dimetrodon, and more, in vivid, yet still earthbound colors. Prima donna dinos, they yawn and fuss and throw toys about, procrastinating Oust like real kids) any way they can as human Moms and Dads, ready to put "baby" to bed, look on in various stages of impatience, anger, and surprise. The whimsical expressions on the "children's" faces give solid clues to the joke. By cleverly varying his perspectives, Teague adds dramatic punch to the pic- tures-readers watch from above as one behemoth baby whips its neck from side to side; they watch from below when another stamps its huge feet; and they're face to face with one snoozing T-rex hugging its teddy bear close. Alert lookers will notice the dino's name incorporated somewhere into each picture-pteranodon is neatly spelled out in blocks on the floor. A delight from start to finish; better buy more than one. -Stephanie Zvirin
"Dinosaur fans, or anyone who enjoys horseplay on a humongous scale, will happily welcome back these gargantuan goofs."--Kirkus
and#160; "Agile, fun-to-read couplets." and#8212; Publishers Weekly
and#160; Praise for the Dino books:
"Exuberant." and#8212; Publishers Weekly
"Hilarious." and#8212; Kirkus Reviews
"What a lark! . . . A guaranteed crowd-pleaser." and#8212; The Bulletin
"The rollicking, rhyming text is great for reading aloud. Fine's playful, colorful dinosaurs are remarkably expressive and full of child appeal." and#8212; SLJ
Praise for Deb Lund's Monsters on Machines:
"Lund's rhyming story, about a team of ghoulish monsters who ride bulldozers and cranes, has just about everything a child could hope for." and#8212; Publishers Weekly, starred review
Praise for Howard Fine's Snoring Beauty:
Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee
"[E]nriched by Fine's large, double-page watercolor paintings with their whimsical human visages, distinctive fairies, and frog courtiers; the inimitable sleeping dragon princess; a repetitive refrain; and those cacophonous snores, this fantastic story is a delightful treat that begs to be read aloud." and#8212; SLJ
Praise for Howard Fine's Piggy Pie:
"The exuberant illustrations are colorful and action-filled. . . . in this thoroughly enjoyable romp that turns a popular nursery song on end." and#8212; SLJ, starred review
Featuring ten sleepy dinosaurs, this adorable book celebrates the funny, endearing, naughty bedtime behavior of young children . . . and young dinosaurs.
What if a dinosaur catches the flu?
Does he whimper and whine between each "At-choo"?
Does he drop dirty tissues all over the floor?
Does he fling his medicine out of the door?
Just like kids, little dinosaurs hate being sick. And going to the doctor can be pretty scary. How DO dinosaurs get well soon? They drink lots of juice, and they get lots of rest; they're good at the doctor's, 'cause doctors know best.
As in their first dinosaur book, Yolen and Teague capture children's fears about being sick and put them to rest with playful read-aloud verse and hilarious pictures.
The companion to Dinosailors and All Aboard the Dinotrain brings back our bestselling and adventurous dinosaurs with a plane ride that turns them upside-down!
These daring dinosaurs have conquered land and seaand#8212;now theyand#8217;re ready for the sky!
But to get airborne, they need a plan. They dinoblow. They run, push, leap, flapand#8212;and
take flight! The sky becomes their stage, as they join an air show. Zipping and zooming
and dancing on wings, the dinos are soon upside down and dinosick! They decide
to bail, hoping their dinochutes will work. They dino-do!
In this exuberant follow up to Dinosailors and All Aboard the Dinotrain, the rollicking
rhymes and paintings of reckless reptiles are dinofabulous.
About the Author
Jane Yolen is the beloved author of more than four hundred books for children and adults, including award-winning picture books, fiction, and poetry. Her How Do Dinosaurs books have sold millions of copies and are international bestsellers. She regularly travels the globe speaking and teaching. Jane lives in Western Massachusetts with her children and grandchildren, and she also lives in St. Andrews, Scotland. You can also visit her at www.janeyolen.com.
Mark Teague is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator whose books include the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling How Do Dinosaurs... series, the LaRue series, FIREHOUSE!, FUNNY FARM, and many other humorous picture books. Mark lives in New York state with his wife and their two daughters.