How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

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by Jane Yolen, Mark Teague

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The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague are back with another playful dinosaur tale--this time about a sick dinosaur child who catches the flu and must go to the doctor.

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 bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague are back with another playful dinosaur tale--this time about a sick dinosaur child who catches the flu and must go to the doctor.

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 previous book, Yolen and Teague capture children's fears about being sick and put them to rest with playful read-aloud verse and wonderfully amusing pictures.

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Those scaly overgrown children from How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? return to teach an agreeable lesson in how best to comport oneself when sick. Here, as in the first book, the humor comes from Teague's placement of hulking brachiosaurus, velociraptor, and others into ordinary, kid-size environments. "What if a dinosaur catches the flu?" poses Yolen in a series of fanciful rhyming questions. Well, if he's at school, he goes to the nurse's office and his mom comes to pick him up, of course. The body language of the ill student Teague shows is unmistakable--hunched shoulders, half-closed eyes, pained frown, drippy nose--even if said body does have horns encircling its head and a tail reaching out into the hall. Concerned human parents look on throughout the book as their offspring, at first, behave like perfect beasts. Parasaurolophus (each dinosaur is identified both on the endpapers and, if readers study the illustrations closely, on the spread where it first appears) "fling[s] all his medicine out of the [bedroom] door." Carnotaurus refuses to open wide for the doctor, who is perched on a ladder, holding a relatively teeny tongue depressor in her outstretched hand. But it turns out that these scenes are mere hypotheticals, since, as Yolen informs us, dinosaurs really are model patients. So, young dinosaurs, drink all your juice, get lots of rest, follow doctor's orders, and maybe you won't become extinct after all.--Horn Book, March 2003

Eleven under-the-weather young dinosaurs are featured in this amusing health-etiquette book, a companion to Yolen and Teague's How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (Scholastic, 2000). Whimpering, littering with dirty tissues, flinging medicine, and tossing covers are presented as questionable at-home activities. At the doctor's office, dragging one's feet, refusing to open one's mouth, screaming, and hiding are all frowned upon. Drinking lots of juice, resting, using a hankie, and taking medicine are positive behaviors. A simple rhyme with many words that beginning readers will recognize moves the text along. Teague's funny, full-color illustrations are dominated by the creatures and lift the lightly didactic to the highly entertaining as human parents care for their dino charges in children's bedrooms filled with toys, clothes, shoes, books, and a nervous cat, or in a doctor's office. As each ailing creature is introduced, readers will look for the name of that species tucked somewhere within the full-page spread. A great addition for dinosaur fans and a reassuring story for young flu and cold victims.--School Library Journal, February 2003

Kids aren't the only ones who get sick. The dynamic dinos who first appeared in How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (2000) aren't feeling well, and it's up to their parents, doctors, and nurses to help them mend. The jaunty text begins by cataloging a litany of things a dinosaur might do when it has the flu: "Does he drop dirty tissues all over the floor? Does he fling all his medicine out of the door?" And what if the dino needs to go to the doc? "Does he drag all his feet till his mom is in shock?" The rhyme is basic but effective as it explains what a dinosaur does to get better. Teague, always tops when it comes to mining humor in art, does a great job here. The oversize dinosaurs, vividly colored and dramatically drawn, fill up the room, dwarfing the helpful adults who are trying to bring aid and comfort. The book also gives a nod to kids fascinated by the creatures: each dinosaur's name is tucked somewhere into the picture. The large paintings and short text make this an excellent choice for story hours, but the book may be most enjoyed one on one, especially by listeners experiencing a few coughs and sniffles of their own.--Booklist, January 1, 2003-- starred review

Those boisterous, larger-than-life stars of How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? are back, but this time they're a little under the weather. "W

The Barnes & Noble Review
Jane Yolen and Mark Teague follow up their blockbuster hit How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? with this hilarious, rhymed read about ancient -- and under-the-weather -- reptiles.

When a dinosaur gets sick, taking care of it might be touch-and-go. If it comes down with the flu, will "he whimper and whine in between each Atchoo" like the book's sour Styracosaurus sitting on the nurse's table? Or maybe he'll "flip off his covers with tooth and with tail" like the nonchalant, bedridden Euoplocephalus. He could also let out a Dilophosaurus-sized dramatic wail or "drag his feet till his mom is in shock," but the truth is, with some TLC from Mom and Dad, little Velociraptors will be happily using hankies and saying gentle good nights before drifting off to sleep.

From pouting Parasaurolophuses to tricky Tropeognathuses, Yolen and Teague prove that laughter is the best medicine. Clever rhymes make this ideal for reading aloud to any recovering little dino, while drily humorous illustrations will keep parents and kids scouring pages for dinosaur names and subtle, knowing expressions. The next time your child is stuck in his or her sickbed, pull out this book and let the giggles go to work! Matt Warner

The New York Times
Children are also likely to enjoy it. The lesson may be lost on them, but it's hard to go wrong with dinosaurs. Especially when they are trashing the joint. — Adam Nagourney
Publishers Weekly
Those boisterous, larger-than-life stars of How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? are back, but this time they're a little under the weather. "What if a dinosaur catches the flu?/ Does he whimper and whine in between each Atchoo?" In a series of rollicking rhymes, Yolen explores a number of possible naughty scenarios for the ailing beasties ("Does he hold his mouth closed when he's told, `Open wide'?/ Does he scream?/ Is he mean?/ Does he run off and hide?"), before demonstrating how well-behaved they really are ("He drinks lots of juice,/ and he gets lots of rest./ He's good at the doctor's,/ 'cause doctors know best"). Teague's droll artwork heightens the humor of Yolen's light verse. As in their first collaboration, he wrings every last drop of comedy from the matter-of-fact presentation of humans with dinosaur offspring. Harried-looking parents tote steaming bowls of soup to their exotic progeny, who languish in bed with coloring books and crumpled tissues, their enormous tails draped across bedroom floors littered with absurdly tiny sports shoes, backpacks, hockey jerseys and the like. Endpapers serve up a rogue's gallery of the tongue-tickling cast, including bedridden Tropeognathus, Tuojiangosaurus and Dilophosaurus. For dinosaur fans of all ages, this inspired silliness is just what the doctor ordered. Ages 2-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this humorous look at surviving a cold, several sniffling dinosaurs display both negative (hiding from the doctor) and positive (willingly taking medicine) behaviors. Teague sets his colorful creatures solidly in the human world and his amusing artwork makes the message easy to swallow. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Repeating the winning formula of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (2000), Teague supplies art for Yolen’s sprightly ditty on proper behavior while under the weather. Spread- and eye-filling domestic scenes, in which all the children are replaced by humongous, comically fretful, precisely detailed dinosaurs are the perfect prescription for the crankily bedridden. "What if a dinosaur / catches the flu? / Does he whimper and whine / between each Atchoo? / Does he drop / dirty tissues / all over the floor? / Does he fling / all his medicine / out of the door?" The dinos are specifically identified with cunningly placed labels within each double-paged spread and, on priceless endpapers, in a visual key of scaly, bedridden "patients." Yolen reinforces the message with more direct instructions—"He drinks lots of juice and he gets lots of rest. / He’s good at the doctor’s / ’cause doctors know best"—and closes with a get-well wish. This salutary combination of savvy advice and sidesplitting art belongs next to every sickbed. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
How Do Dinosaurs...? Series
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Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 12.36(h) x 0.36(d)
AD230L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 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

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.

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How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RocaChica More than 1 year ago
My daughter, now 2 1/2, still loves this series. I bought this book to help her learn to take her medicine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this to is a gift for my grandson, but i did read the book and liked the way the author told children how to get well when they are sick by maintaining sanitary methods and going to the doctor and listening to their parents.
book4children More than 1 year ago
Believe it or not, but I actually stumbled upon this book at the library. I had never heard of the How Do Dinosaurs... series until I found the Get Well Soon book just minding its own business on a quiet shelf. It sounded intriguing, so I checked it out and read it to my kids. Well, I thought that I had just made the greatest discovery in children's books! This was brilliant! I thought, there should be more of these dinosaur books. They are funny, insightful, and teach good behavior all in rhyming prose. The illustrations were detailed and humorous. This should be a series! Turns out, it is. There are oodles of these How Do Dinosaurs...? books out there, and the brand is getting better known every day. Jane Yolen and Mark Teague make a fantastic pair when it comes to children's picture books. The text is fun to read. You will never miss a beat as you read Yolen's flawless rhyming and rhythm. It also gives you the opportunity to sneak in behavioral lessons to your child, all in the name of entertainment. The best part is, it comes across as reassuring, not preachy. The illustrations stick life-sized dinosaurs into kid-sized situations, making for lots of laughs from both you and your child.
cecilia84 More than 1 year ago
i really love this book! i first read it to my 4yr old who is now 7 1/2 and still loves to read it. im now reading it to my 2yr old and she loves it too. thanks so much for helping me build memories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This teaches children that even the so-called 'toughest' animals and creatures sometimes get sick. And when they do, they must take care of themselves and let others take care of them, as parents do. I also love the rhyming ways the book tells a child to 'Take care and prepare.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since the release of How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night in May 2000, Yolen and Teague¿s How Do Dinosaurs series have been entertaining and teaching children how to deal with familiar, everyday situations. Each of the books uses short, amusing rhymes paired with bright images of huge, loveable, and expressive dinosaurs that act like human children and live with human ¿parents¿ that act as if there is nothing unusual about dinosaurs living in the human world. This book is no exception. Children learn about the proper ways to ¿get well soon¿ by first being told and shown all the wrong things to do by silly, grumpy, sick dinosaurs. Eventually, they are told and shown all the right things to do. (This same format is used in all of the Dinosaur books.) The dinosaurs¿ misbehavior ¿ likely to be familiar to many children - is shown in such realistic and consequently absurd and ridiculous images that they are uproariously funny. Children may laugh out loud at images such as a dinosaur flinging his medicine out the door, another one dragging all of his feet outside of the doctor¿s office, and another refusing to ¿open wide¿ for the thermometer. The text and images of the dinosaurs doing all the right things to ¿get well soon¿ are equally irresistible. Highly recommended for ages 2 to 5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We gave this book four stars for excellent writting, humorously detailed illustration of each sick dinosaurs. Easy reading my daughter, Jaimie and I loved it.Thank you for the book it's opened another avenue forJaimie's imagination.