Good Night, Dinosaurs

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Spirited funny verse and comical pictures give readers a hitherto unknown aspect of dinosaur life: what went on at little dinosaurs' bedtime. "Young dinosaur fanciers will be charmed and undoubtedly claim this as their favorite go-to-sleep book." —Horn Book

Verses describe the bedtime preparations of different kinds of dinosaurs.

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Overview

Spirited funny verse and comical pictures give readers a hitherto unknown aspect of dinosaur life: what went on at little dinosaurs' bedtime. "Young dinosaur fanciers will be charmed and undoubtedly claim this as their favorite go-to-sleep book." —Horn Book

Verses describe the bedtime preparations of different kinds of dinosaurs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"With a twist on an old lullaby theme, this volume offers a fanciful look at what happens when the sun [sinks] low in the Mesozoic sky,' " wrote PW. Ages 3-6. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With a twist on an old lullaby theme, Sierra and Chess offer a fanciful look at what happens when "the sun [sinks] low / in the Mesozoic sky" and it [is] "bedtime- / bedtime for dinosaurs." In this droll menagerie, two tiny stegosauruses whisper "creepy stories" to a group of enormous, "trembling allosauruses." Winged pteranodons dressed in frilly polka-dotted nightgowns suck on their baby bottles while hanging "forty feet above the ground, / Softly swaying to the sound / Of the dinosaurs' sleepytime song." Whether they are "snoring all in choruses" or resisting bath time in a "squishy fishy tub," these irresistible reptiles (and their parents) have many of the same problems with bedtime that children do. Unfortunately, even if one already knows how to pronounce multisyllabic dinosaur names, Sierra's meter stumbles and lurches enough to make reading aloud difficult. Nonetheless, the idea of worried and well-meaning dinosaurs rocking their progeny to sleep in the "Home Sweet Swamp," coupled with Chess's eccentric and endearing creatures, will tickle the funny fossil bones of parents and children alike. Ages 3-6. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A delightfully wacky description in verse of what baby dinosaurs do at bedtime. Sierra's silly poetry is the perfect medium for these sweet and funny vignettes. Chess's comforting watercolor cartoon illustrations are done in greens, browns, and grays. Clean squares of text complement each picture. A pleasant read at bedtime for dinosaur fans as well as those who need a chuckle at the end of the day.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A tongue-in-cheek lullaby book of small good-night poems for dinosaurs. "Three tyrannosaurus rexes/Once lay dreaming of their breakfasts/In what's now the state of Texas." Sierra (Nursery Tales Around the World, 1995, etc.) uses comic neologisms (tyrannograndma and scaredysauruses among them) and ends every poem with a gentle refrain. If the meter ocassionally stumbles, or the rhymes are sometimes forced, the mood of the book is always delightful; this is an affectionate view of the great beasts. Chess depicts dinosaur families gathered around their young; the offbeat charm of these watercolor scenes compensates for any imperfections in the poems. Each page has a handsome yellow border, framing the text on one page and the picture on the other, snugging the book like a baby's blanket.
From the Publisher
"Young dinosaur fanciers will be charmed and undoubtedly claim this as their favorite go-to-sleep book." Horn Book

"Young dinosaur fanciers will be charmed and undoubtedly claim this as their favorite go-to-sleep book." Horn Book Guide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618196005
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Sierra holds a Ph.D. in folklore from UCLA. She is the author of many esteemed children's books, including Nursery Tales Around the World, winner of the Aesop Prize from the American Folklore Society, and Good Night, Dinosaurs. She is also the reteller/compiler of several books of folklore for teachers and storytellers. Ms. Sierra lives in Northern California.

Victoria Chess is the illustrator of Good Night Dinosaurs . She has also illustrated many other successful picture books for children, including the popular Slugs by David Greenberg (Little, Brown). She lives in Warren, Connecticut.

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