How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
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How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

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by Jane Yolen, Mark Teague
     
 

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How does a dinosaur eat all his food?Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude?Does he pick at his cereal, throw down his cup,hoping to make someone else pick it up? Just like kids, dinosaurs have a difficult time learning to behave at the table. However, with a little help from Mom and Dad, these young dinosaurs eat all before them with smiles and…  See more details below

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How does a dinosaur eat all his food?Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude?Does he pick at his cereal, throw down his cup,hoping to make someone else pick it up? Just like kids, dinosaurs have a difficult time learning to behave at the table. However, with a little help from Mom and Dad, these young dinosaurs eat all before them with smiles and goodwill. As in their previous books, Yolen and Teague capture children's rambunctious natures with playful read-aloud verse and wonderfully amusing pictures.

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HB 9/05

Jane Yolen How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?; illus. by Mark Teague
40 pp. Blue Sky/Scholastic 9/05 ISBN 0-439-24102-2 $15.99 g
(Preschool)
Is going to a restaurant with a hyper three-year-old much different from doing so with a giant pterosaur? According to Yolen and Teague's latest addition to their How Do Dinosaurs... series, the Quetzalcoatlus was also prone to embarrassing its parents by tipping over chairs and getting crumbs everywhere. This amusing lesson in table manners depicts various other prehistoric reptiles spitting out broccoli, making bubbles in milk, and sticking beans in their nostrils, much to the dismay of their human moms and dads. As usual, Teague incorporates the scientific name of each expressively drawn beast into his paintings, and Yolen's series of questions about how a dinosaur should act ("Does he fuss, does he fidget, or squirm in his chair? Does he flip his spaghetti high into the air?") has a pleasing rhyme. The contrast between the human-sized setting and the super-sized main characters is once again strikingly comical, as when the Lambeosaurus, encouraged to take "at least one small bite" of something new, holds a tiny teaspoon of food in front of its massive head. Young dinosaur fans will eat this up and, taking a cue from the polite Spinosaurus, ask for more. C.M.H.

SLJ 8/05
YOLEN, Jane. How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? illus. by Mark Teague. unpaged. Scholastic/Blue Sky. Sept. 2005. RTE $15.99. ISBN 0-439-24102-2. LC 2004020761.
PreS-Gr 2–Another addition to the humorous series that began with How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (Scholastic, 2000). In the first part of the book, dinosaurs burp, belch, and display all kinds of other inappropriate behaviors during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Spinosaurus doesn't “eat all his food...[he spits] out his broccoli partially chewed.” Quetzalcoatlus fusses, fidgets, and squirms in his chair in a restaurant, while Amargasaurus flips his spaghetti high into the air. But, is this the way that dinosaurs should act? Of course not. So, a very genteel Cryolophosaurus says “please” and “thank you” while sitting very still, Lambeosaurus tries everything at least once, and Spinosaurus never drops anything onto the floor. In the last image, a very proper Cryolophosaurus–with pinky in the air–daintily eats his pancakes. The book is great fun, and sure to be popular with dinosaur lovers. Hidden in the illustration on each page is the proper name of the reptile portrayed therein. Teague's gouache-and-ink illustrations contain just the right amount of detail and whimsy, and they are large enough for storytime sharing. Children not yet old enough to read will still enjoy looking at the pictures by themselves.–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA

PW 7/25
Echoing the tone and look of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?, these collaborators' latest guide to dino etiquette offers a jaunty comedy of errors, er, table manners. In the first half, against spare backdrops with a 1950s feel, dinosaurs behave kid-pleasingly naughtily when their human parents serve them meals. As Yolen's rhyming narrative asks questions ("How does a dinosaur eat all his food? Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude?"), Teague's illustrations provide affirmative answers, comically capturing the dining dinos' antics: one is covered in spaghetti after throwing his plate into the air, another blows bubbles in his milk glass and a third lies on the floor, happily sticking beans up his nose. The tables turn in the second half, when narrative and pictures offer Miss Manners alternatives while revisiting the same prehistoric heroes. One willingly says "Please" and "Thank you" (while wearing a bib) and another "tries every new thing, at least one small bite. He makes no loud noises--that isn't polite." Young dinosaur fans wi

Sure, this one is a natural for young dino lovers, but it's also perfect for any child with primordial-style table manners. Hunkered down at a tiny table (with human parents gazing up in horror), each giant beast demonstrates what not to do: "Does he bubble his milk? Stick beans up his nose? Does he squeeze juicy oranges with his big toes?" Yes, indeed, until halfway through the book, when each young dinosaur learns to try "every new thing, at least one small bite. He makes no loud noises-that isn't polite." (ages 2 to 4)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2005
Publishers Weekly
Echoing the tone and look of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?, these collaborators' latest guide to dino etiquette offers a jaunty comedy of errors, er, table manners. In the first half, against spare backdrops with a 1950s feel, dinosaurs behave kid-pleasingly naughtily when their human parents serve them meals. As Yolen's rhyming narrative asks questions ("How does a dinosaur eat all his food? Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude?"), Teague's illustrations provide affirmative answers, comically capturing the dining dinos' antics: one is covered in spaghetti after throwing his plate into the air, another blows bubbles in his milk glass and a third lies on the floor, happily sticking beans up his nose. The tables turn in the second half, when narrative and pictures offer Miss Manners alternatives while revisiting the same prehistoric heroes. One willingly says "Please" and "Thank you" (while wearing a bib) and another "tries every new thing, at least one small bite. He makes no loud noises--that isn't polite." Young dinosaur fans will enjoy encountering novel characters here (all labeled on the endpapers), as Teague has invited an unusual array of species to this tasty feast. Ages 3-5. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The team of Yolen and Teague add another amusing set of questions and answers to their "How Do Dinosaurs . . . ?" series. Rhyming couplets across double pages first ask whether dinosaurs practice some of the eating behaviors frowned on by parents, such as making rude noises, fidgeting, spitting out food, etc. A firm "No" is followed by what would make parents happy. These dinosaurs say "Please" and "Thank you" and sit still quietly. They try new foods, and "never drop[s] anything onto the floor." After laughing at the naughty dinos, children are reminded how they can make parents smile as they say "Eat up." On the end-papers Teague displays small paintings of the ten dinosaurs—all labeled—in action to whet our appetites for more antics in the detailed scenes inside. His illustrations are naturalistic enough to handle the funny postures and gestures depicted. The one or two humans and frequent puzzled pets add scale and a surreal touch to the sometimes wild actions. Included in a plastic case inside is a bonus hand-sized soft cover replica of the large format book. 2005, Blue Sky Press/Scholastic, Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Another addition to the humorous series that began with How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (Scholastic, 2000). In the first part of the book, dinosaurs burp, belch, and display all kinds of other inappropriate behaviors during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Spinosaurus doesn't "eat all his food...[he spits] out his broccoli partially chewed." Quetzalcoatlus fusses, fidgets, and squirms in his chair in a restaurant, while Amargasaurus flips his spaghetti high into the air. But, is this the way that dinosaurs should act? Of course not. So, a very genteel Cryolophosaurus says "please" and "thank you" while sitting very still, Lambeosaurus tries everything at least once, and Spinosaurus never drops anything onto the floor. In the last image, a very proper Cryolophosaurus-with pinky in the air-daintily eats his pancakes. The book is great fun, and sure to be popular with dinosaur lovers. Hidden in the illustration on each page is the proper name of the reptile portrayed therein. Teague's gouache-and-ink illustrations contain just the right amount of detail and whimsy, and they are large enough for storytime sharing. Children not yet old enough to read will still enjoy looking at the pictures by themselves.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Dynamic dinosaur duo Yolen and Teague team up again, this time tackling the touchy topic of table manners. Their signature rhyming text and hilarious illustrations introduce an ensemble of wacky giant reptiles in the end pages and show them engaged in a spectrum of really terrible table tantrums. An orange and purple Cryolophosaurus rudely burps and belches. A ponderous Protoceratops picks at his cereal and throws down his cup. A quirky winged Quetzalcoatlus fusses, fidgets and squirms in his chair in a busy restaurant. An out-of-control pink-and-blue-striped Amargasaurus flips a plate of spaghetti into the air while a spotted Spinosaurus slyly spits out his partially chewed broccoli, a huge Lambeosaurus bubbles his milk and a recumbent Gorgosaurus pokes string beans up his nose. Readers soon discover these gargantuan diners actually have exemplary table manners, suggesting that little dinosaurs everywhere might do well to follow their lead and "eat up." A humorous, highly palatable read-aloud primer on table etiquette for the preschool dining set. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439241021
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Series:
How Do Dinosaurs...? Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
48,069
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.36(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile:
490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet 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.

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How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books, more than my boys do. When It's time to pick a book of the day to read my 3 year old son grab a How Do Dinosaurs, book and I smile with excitment like I'am a kid all over again myself. I'am very please with the illustration on these books. Thank you so much for making me and my sons so happy with wonderful teaching book.
mmunday03 More than 1 year ago
Adorable book in an adorable series - kids are entertained by the dinosaurs acting badly but then taught how dinosaurs should really act. Perfect for kids as young as 2, both boys and girls. This is one of the cutest ones!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these books!! Especially for little boys! I am a teacher and mother. My classes always love them, and so does my little 2year old!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old nephew is crazy about Dinosaurs. Loves the series!
GrannyDuck More than 1 year ago
This is the book our 3-year-old granddaughter most often checked out of her pre-school library. Now she has her very own copy. A huge dinosaur fan, she is also now the proud owner of "How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday?" and "How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?" She is captivated by these books.
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Powdergirl More than 1 year ago
My three-year old son loves dinosaurs and this is one of his favorite books. He laughs at all of the naughty dinosaurs throwing their food! In the end, the dinosaurs don't have bad manners, but always say please and thank you, and even ask for seconds! The illustrations are fun and captivating, and I like the good behaviors portrayed in the book. I would highly recommend this book to any dinosaur fan.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My six year old loves this book. He can recite the entire story as well as remmebering to use his manners like the dinosaur. I would recommend this book to anyone that has a child!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are very fun and entertaining and a great read for kids and adults. I bought my son a pocket book version of some of the other "How does a Dinosaur" books and I do prefer the smaller cardboard versions to the large hardcover versions. However this one was only available in the large hardcover.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My kid used to be a real slob at the table: he wouldn't eat, he'd throw food, he'd spit out food, he'd complain, he'd cry, he'd make a mess, he'd want different foods and then not eat them, etc. Because of this book, and my wise guiding, he is now a child I can bring to the most prestigious restaurants and he behaves like a complete gentleman and eats what he orders.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our 2.5 year old has loved these books since he could pick them up, mainly due to the amazing and vibrant illustrations. As a bonus, we've been able to use the 'he tries every new thing, at least one small bite' line to get our son to at least try new foods. When he does, he mentions what a good dinosaur he is. Amazing books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Any of these dinosaur books by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague are excellent. My daughter is 2 1/2 and has us read these books to her every night. They also come in handy with actual behaviors mentioned in the books. Like in 'How do Dinosaurs Eat All Their Food.' it mentions 'He tries everything new at least one small bite' and we quote this to our daughter when she won't try something. And without fail, since we started reading this book, she takes a small bite and of course 90% of the time likes what we're having her try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My three year old like the dinosaurs, and without knowing it teaching him manners in eating food.