How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

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In a few simple lines of verse on each spread, fathers and mothers are ready to put their youngsters to bed. But in this book, the youngsters are a wide variety of dinosaurs. And how do dinosaurs say good night?

Filled with wonderful detail and humor, children and their parents will love the expressions and antics of the eleven different dinosaur children depicted here, and each species is spelled out somewhere in the young dinosaur's bedroom. In the end, young dinosaurs behave ...

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Overview

In a few simple lines of verse on each spread, fathers and mothers are ready to put their youngsters to bed. But in this book, the youngsters are a wide variety of dinosaurs. And how do dinosaurs say good night?

Filled with wonderful detail and humor, children and their parents will love the expressions and antics of the eleven different dinosaur children depicted here, and each species is spelled out somewhere in the young dinosaur's bedroom. In the end, young dinosaurs behave a lot like people do: They give a big kiss, turn out the light, tuck in their tails, and whisper "good night."

Here is a new staple for bedtime reading, a book children will ask for again and again.

Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.

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Editorial Reviews

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Booklist--April 2000

*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

Parents Magazine
This beautifully illustrated tale shows that young dinos hit the hay just as kids do.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set to a lilting bedtime beat, this rollicking rumpus of a tale ups the humor ante in a familiar scenario by substituting dinosaurs for children: "How does a dinosaur say good night when Papa comes in to turn off the light?" In a series of snappy lines, Yolen (Off We Go!, reviewed above; Queen's Own Fool, reviewed below) highlights a variety of postponement antics, some familiar (moping, sulking and demanding "one book more!"), some of a distinctly dinosaur variety--"Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout? Does he throw his teddy bear all about?" Teague makes hay with the text, and as always his illustrations are a flurry of sly madcap inspiration. He chooses the winged Pteranodon (spelled out in ABC blocks on the bedroom floor) as the character who throws his teddy bear while flying about the room; for "Does he swing his neck from side to side" it's the snake-headed Apatosaurus who does the swinging. Under his sure direction, the sight gag never grows stale, and the sight of a T-Rex puckering up for a kiss, or an enormous Stegosaurus crammed into a tiny bed and daintily turning off the light switch with the tip of his tail, is sure to elicit giggles. As the endpapers reveal, there's a cast of 10 dinosaurs featured here, and sharp eyes will enjoy spotting their proper names tucked into each illustration. This rib-tickling bedtime fare packs plenty of appeal. Ages 2-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature
"How does a dinosaur say good night when Papa comes in to turn off the light?" The brief, simple, rhyming text in large type explores the possibilities of a "dinosaur" kid's antics at bedtime. The reactions of a variety of human dads and moms to different dinosaurs demanding another book, a piggyback ride, or pouting or roaring, give humorous touches to the typical nightly struggles. Ten portraits of different dinosaurs, identified by name and engaged in a range of bedtime sports, decorate the endpapers hinting at the fun inside. Double-page scenes are full (really full), of solid, richly colored, sculpturesque creatures acting petulantly while a small father or mother stand, helpless, nearby. Imaginative details make believable the strange juxtaposition of dinosaur child and human parent. The reader who recognizes the behavior can't help but laugh. 2000, The Blue Sky Press/Scholastic Inc., Ages 3 to 6, $15.95. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A rhyming, moral read-it-again tale. "How does a dinosaur say good night when Papa comes in to turn off the light?/Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout?" Teague's wonderful rounded illustrations show 10 dinosaur species (all identified) as they settle down for the night in their human households. "Does a dinosaur stomp his feet on the floor/and shout: `I want to hear one book more?'" After demonstrating a variety of bad bedtime behaviors, the reptiles are then shown to be model youngsters. "They give a big hug, then give one kiss more." While the message is a little obvious, it is impossible to resist Teague's endearing dinos.-Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Karen Carden
Children will love the fact that the dinos tower over tiny parents, and that some of the prehistoric characters thrash, fuss, and misbehave as much as any I'm-not-ready-for-bed-yet kid. Real dinosaur aficiaonados will be pleased that the illustrations focus on the actual features of each beast, and that somewhere in each picture is correct name of the gigantic sleepyhead.
The Christian Science Monitor
Kirkus Reviews
Huge, fanciful dinosaurs confront their parents at bedtime in this playful romp. How does a dinosaur act when Papa comes in to say it's bedtime? "Does he slam his tail and pout? Does he throw his teddy bear all about?" Teague's paintings tell the story. First the father appears at the child's door and reacts with surprise, or anger, or shock to each described behavior. Then, the mothers take over. Of course, dinosaurs don't really act that way. They turn off the light, go quietly to bed, and give extra hugs and kisses to their parents. Teague's humorous, detailed, and colorful paintings give the context to Yolen's simple verse. Each huge dinosaur lives in a child's bedroom surrounded by familiar toys, books, and pets that sometimes bear the brunt of the dinosaur's temper. One fearful dog wraps his body around the bedpost when his Trachodon shouts for one more book. Dinosaurs tower over their bemused, bewildered, or distressed ethnically diverse parents who range in age from young to middle aged, just as in real life! After they learn the names of each of the species pictured on the endpapers, children may enjoy finding their names hidden in the illustrations each time a new species is introduced. Verse and illustration are beautifully matched in these bedtime scenarios familiar to all parents of young children. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590316811
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Series: How Do Dinosaurs.
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 30,578
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD210L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 12.31 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    great "catchy" book

    This book in the series is great and the story and rhyming is so cute and catchy! I first bought "How do Dinosaurs say I love you?" for my 3 yr old granddaughter who loves dinosaurs. She loved it and wanted it read again and again! Then she asked her parents for this one in the series (she saw it on the back cover) She loves them so much she has memorized them, and now she reads them to us! She has the whole series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2008

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    Wonderful Bedtime Story

    My son loves animals and you can't get any bigger than a dinosaur. This book is a great bedtime story that's unique and imaginative. Wonderful illustrations and a curious story. He always likes the pictures as I read to him at night.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2014

    Super cute!

    My 17mth and my 4yr old love this book! My little one roars like the dinosaur. It's super cute!

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Great story for bedtime!!!

    My 4 year old son has us read this to him every night before going to bed. My son, husband and I all act out the parts on each page and we all get a kick out of it. He's been read this book so much that he is now reading it to us from memory! It's a great book!!! We are now working on buying all the "How do dinosaurs....." books.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Grandson loves this book

    I bought this for my grandson (2 1/2 yrs) and he loves it. Asks to have it read at least twice each time and loves to look and inspect all the pictures in the book.

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

    My Granddaughter loves dinasaures in all shapes and sizes. I was drawn to the book because of this, but reading the book proved fun and instilled the message of good behavior in a light hearted way.

    The illustrations, colorful pages, and the story with lessons proved to be a perfect gift for my 3 and 1/2 year old granddaughter. We laughed and learned together while reading aloud. This is a definite rereadable book for bedtime. I recommend this book for young children and not so old grandparents.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Unexpected Treasure

    This was the first thing I bought after finding out I was going to be a Grandmother...it was an accidental find at the store I was working in at the time, and I loved the illustrations and story!! Now, my nearly 2 year old grandson absolutely loves it! I have since added to his collection with more books by this author and intend to continue until he has them all. Jane Yolen and Mark Teague make a great team and they have two more fans!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2010

    Great Series

    This is one book in a series of the 'How Do Dinosaurs' books. I purchased this book with the plush 14 inch dinosaur doll, and my four year old nephew loves both doll and book. He gets to interact with the dinosaur doll as his mom/dad reads the book with him. Great lessons learned in each of the series books.

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

    Appealing

    This series teaches lessons so often overlooked today. As a grandmother and an elementary school teacher, I see a real need for books like these. The stories are delightful and amusing while teaching some very necessary lessons.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Great book

    I bought this book for my two and a half year old because he was really into dinosaurs. That was Christmas 2008 and he still loves this book. He now takes it out by himself and turns the pages and reads it to you. He is only three and a half and can't really read but he has every word on every page memorized so it really looks like he is reading. It's a great book. I paid $18 for it and I thought that it was a little on the pricey side for a child's book or even for an adults book the way the economy is.I am planning to buy one every few months, and we will have them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2009

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    Great book

    I love reading this to my daughters and always give it as a gift!!!

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

    Excellent Book

    I didn't think my 6 month old would even care about this book when he rec'd it. He has loved it from the moment he got it!!! Of course I make up some of the story. I think I might laminate it because we read it so much and he "looks through it" quite often.<BR/>I am now purchasing another one because the first one got so much use!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is a must for bed-time reading. We took it on vacation and must have left it at the vaca home. Been reading 'How do dinosaurs play with their friends'. She likes this,but knows it is not the same. I even tried to read the other words with this book (scary to have read it so often I have it memorized):) Will be purchasing this book again today.:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2007

    What a fun 'goodnight' book for kids

    I and my son both love dinosaurs and I and my son both love this book, but I and my son don't like when it's time for him to go to bed because he never wants to. This book has helped somewhat because he can relate to creatures he really loves, and since they are portrayed (anthropomorphically) as human children, he tends to do as they do. Also, each prehistoric creature is named in the beautiful illustrations so kids learn what they are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    how do dinosaurs

    5.) How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight is a rhyming children¿s picture book. I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations were really good and any child would love them. This is also part of a series such as, How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? Jane Yolen attended Smith College where she became a star writer. She then moved to New York City where she became an editor. She has written over 250 books. This would be for a kindergarten or first grader. Yolen, Jane. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Blue Sky Press. 2000.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2006

    2 and 4 yr old daughters love these books!

    My daughters like Dora, anything pink and ballet but fell head-over heels in love with the dinosaurs, especially when they are acting bad. During dinner, we remind them 'Does a little girl dinosaur pout at the dinner table?' and have a good laugh. The books reinforce good manners in a fun way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    Love the series!

    My 3 year old and 7 year old can both relate to the situations in this book. The story is fun and also sweet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2004

    Newest Favorite

    My 18-month old son LOVES this book! It is his new favorite and he wants us to read it to him over and over. I just barely close the book and he hands it to me again. I am getting the other books in the collection to give this one a little break.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2004

    great book!

    My seventeen-month-old will sit and listen to this book multiple times a night. The text is funny and well-written and the illustrations are a delight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    excellent!!

    My 4 year old son is a dinosaur fanatic!! he has been read this book so many times that he now reads it himself by the pictures!!! highly reccommend!!!!!

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