How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad!

How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad!

by Jane Yolen, Mark Teague

R-O-A-R! What happens when little dinosaurs get mad? And how do they calm down?

Brimming with humor, this sparkling new book handles a timeless children's topic with wit and wisdom. Romp and stomp! Roar and slam! Almost everyone gets angry. But how can young dinosaurs also learn to calm down, take a time out, and behave?

The award-winning team of Yolen and

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R-O-A-R! What happens when little dinosaurs get mad? And how do they calm down?

Brimming with humor, this sparkling new book handles a timeless children's topic with wit and wisdom. Romp and stomp! Roar and slam! Almost everyone gets angry. But how can young dinosaurs also learn to calm down, take a time out, and behave?

The award-winning team of Yolen and Teague have created a fun, engaging book sure to help children handle anger and frustration. Readers will laugh at the antics of an Afrovenator's tantrum and a storming Pachyrhinosaurus.

Anger can be difficult to talk about with your child, but even when little dinosaurs are furious, it's important to help them handle their feelings and remind them they are always loved. With the same warmth, charm, and humor in all the bestselling How Do Dinosaurs books, here is the perfect way to say, "I'm sorry--and I love you."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Yes, even dinosaurs have bad days, and a few of them are at their worst in this addition to Yolen and Teague’s popular series. It’s always a delight to watch Teague’s dinosaurs misbehave, and that’s especially true when they’re throwing tantrums: an ungainly barapa-saurus sticks out its tongue at its human sister (who sticks hers out right back), a thecodont “throw” toys about,” and an afrovenator scribbles its name on the wall and sends a chair flying “When he’s told to sit still.” As in the previous books, proper behavior—including hugs, apologies, and neatening up—closes out the book. Good advice on handling albertosaurus-size bad moods. Ages 3–5. (Oct.)
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An ALA Notable Book
A BOOKLIST Editor's Choice
"A delight from start to finish; better buy more than one."--BOOKLIST

A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
A Parent's Choice Award winner
* "An excellent choice for story hours."--BOOKLIST, starred review
* "The perfect prescription for the crankily bedridden."--KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

A Parent's Choice Award winner
"Kids should relate to the dinosaurs' mood swings and take heart in the notion that love conquers all."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Don't pass up this exuberant guide to achieving yuletide harmony."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Yolen's characteristically wry verse is flawless in its rhyme and rhythm, and . . . the art's buttoned-up 1950s fashions and furnishings provide a comical visual contrast to the outlandish, brightly colored dinosaurs."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
In 2000, the first title in the very successful “How Do Dinosaurs…?” series made its debut. In this volume, many situations that may result in feelings of anger are presented (e.g., naptime, no cookie now, sitting still, being told no) are portrayed in lively verse. The text asks if a dinosaur flings toys, kicks chairs, rips books, and pouts when he is furious. Thankfully, the answer is, “No…he counts to ten, then after a time out, breathes calmly…and then he cleans up his mess.…” Young children will easily relate to these badly behaved, enormous dinosaurs that fill up the pages and dwarf the human parents and a sister as they too have these same feelings. The pictures perfectly match the writing as they go from showing a very irate dinosaur roaring, sticking out his tongue, and hitting the floor with a baseball bat to one that is giving hugs and kisses and saying “I’m so sorry” to his mother. Parents and teachers of preschoolers will find this book a valuable tool to share when anger needs to be addressed. Put this on the priority purchase list. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth AGERANGE: Ages 3 to 5.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This humorous story features angry dinosaurs acting out and, with the help of human parents, learning how to cope with this powerful emotion. A different dino is featured in each rhyming scenario. "When Papa says, 'No!' does he [Scaphognathus] grumble and pout?/When Mama says, 'No!' does he [Thecodont] throw toys about?" After he is told to take a time-out, the Afrovenator counts to 10 and breathes calmly. The Sauropelta proceeds to clean up the mess he made; Beipiaosaurus apologizes to his mom and gives her a hug. Yolen creates a wonderful story arc using one or two sentences per page. The illustrations, made with acrylics in muted hues, jump off the page. Each dinosaur covers almost three quarters of a spread, dwarfing his human family members, and is illustrated with great facial expression and body language. Teague includes several types of dinos and creatively tucks in the corresponding name (Lystrosaurus, Barapasaurus, Pachyrhinosaurus) in small letters near each one. The clever endpapers create a key. Pair this outstanding title with Molly Bang's classic When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry… (Scholastic, 1999). Yolen's story is spot-on and can easily be used in a storytime about anger, or in a one-on-one setting.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Yolen and Teague continue their best-selling series with a comic look at what dinosaurs might and then should do when they are angry. Whether a Barapasaurus sticks his sizable tongue out or a Scaphognathus pouts or a Sauropelta throws things, tantrums and bad behavior come to an end through counting to 10 or having a timeout or breathing calmly. Messes are then cleaned up, apologies are given, and hugs are exchanged. The preschool set will recognize the full spectrum of antics that result from pent-up anger and the occasions that provoke such stormy emotions. The text follows the familiar series format, posing questions to readers: "When he's told to sit still, does he kick at a chair? / Does he act as if Mother and Father aren't there?" This invitation to participate will have readers offering their own opinions on appropriate behavior. On full-bleed, double-page spreads, Teague delivers oversized creatures whose sizes and silly expressions make their actions appear all the more outrageous. Although no new concepts are introduced, not only will this title be a favorite at storytime, it may also serve as a discussion starter about feelings and how best to express and cope with them. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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9.42(w) x 12.28(h) x 0.38(d)
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Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen is the beloved author of more than three hundred books for children and adults, including award-winning picture books, fiction, nonfiction, 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 and St. Andrews, Scotland. You can visit her at

Mark Teague is the award-winning children's book author and illustrator of his own bestselling Dear Mrs. LaRue series as well as FIREHOUSE!, FUNNY FARM, and many other humorous picture books. In addition to his prized art for the How Do Dinosaurs books, his recent illustrated novel, THE DOOM MACHINE, received excellent reviews. Mark lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and their two daughters.

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