How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?

How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?

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by Jane Yolen, Mark Teague

Ho! Ho! Ho! With more than 9 million books in print, America's favorite dinosaurs can't wait to celebrate Christmas!

From decorating the tree to wrapping presents, little dinosaurs love to celebrate Christmas-and everything about it. With ornaments on the branches and carolers singing at the door, the spirit of Christmas is finally here and filling the hearts of


Ho! Ho! Ho! With more than 9 million books in print, America's favorite dinosaurs can't wait to celebrate Christmas!

From decorating the tree to wrapping presents, little dinosaurs love to celebrate Christmas-and everything about it. With ornaments on the branches and carolers singing at the door, the spirit of Christmas is finally here and filling the hearts of families everywhere. But when the stockings are hung on the chimney, and the cookies are left out for Santa, how can little dinosaurs go to sleep? It's so exciting! How can they possibly calm down and behave?

Children will laugh out loud as dinosaurs secretly lick candy canes, take sneaky peeks at gifts, and disrupt the traditional family feast.

With holiday surprises around every corner, the award-winning team of Jane Yolen and Mark Teague create an engaging, fun gift sure to be read again and again, year after year. How do dinosaurs say Merry Christmas? The same way they say Happy Chanukah: With an abundance of love, joy, memory, and gratitude.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Continuing to follow the successful blueprint of the long-running How Do Dinosaurs books, Yolen and Teague pose the possibility of dinosaurs wreaking merry havoc on Christmas Eve. Uproarious hypotheticals—do dinosaurs rip open presents, “shake up the tree,” or eat all the cookies left out for Santa?—give way to portraits of the dinos’ angelic behavior in the second half. Yolen’s characteristically wry verse is flawless in its rhyme and rhythm, and as in the earlier outings, the art’s buttoned-up 1950s fashions and furnishings provide a comical visual contrast to the outlandish, brightly colored dinosaurs. Simultaneously available: How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? Up to age 4. (Sept.)
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"A delight from start to finish; better buy more than one."--BOOKLIST
An ALA Notable Book
A BOOKLIST Editor's Choice

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

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Yolen and Teague's "How Do Dinosaurs..." series has reached classic children's picture book status—deservedly. The formula of having a variety of dinosaur species indulge in very human behavior combines appealing rhyming text with illustrations that represent a scientifically accurate picture of how the particular species looked, in a multicultural 21st century setting, complete with humans. Furthermore, while the books always open with the kind of somewhat naughty behavior typical of young children, they always end with the dinosaurs being good—in this case, instead of shaking the tree as the first gigantoraptor is shown doing, the good little specimen of the same species sweetly kisses his grandparents good night, curling his three wickedly long claws so they won't harm anyone. And in keeping with the commitment to celebrate diversity, if the family does not celebrate Christmas, they can enjoy the companion holiday book released at the same time: How Do Dinosaurs Celebrate Hanukah? Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Yolen and Teague add to their delightful dinosaur canon with this funny, gentle reminder of proper behavior for the most eagerly anticipated of holidays. As in previous titles, the dinosaurs have human parents and each one can be identified by the inclusion of its name in the illustrations. The 10 featured behemoths also adorn the endpapers. Enhancing the hilarity are the cats and dogs in the role of family pets bearing witness to the dinosaurs' antics-such as sneaking out of bed to peek, ripping open presents, deconstructing the tree, pre-licking candy canes, dumping out stockings, and eating Santa's cookies. Don't pass up this exuberant guide to achieving yuletide harmony.—Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Yolen and Teague extend their dinosaur franchise with this rollicking romp of rampaging dinosaurs up to their terrible tricks throughout the Christmas season. Using the familiar structure of naughty-then-nice behavior, the dinosaur crew rips open presents, knocks over decorated trees and dumps out filled stockings. When they get hungry, they eat all the Christmas cookies and lick all the candy canes. But in the calmer, concluding half, the well-behaved dinosaurs sing carols politely, help with the dishes and interact nicely with the grandparents. They even get to sleep in time for Santa's arrival. Young readers will delight in the initial wild antics, with the falling Christmas trees, flying ornaments and the brilliantly colored dinosaurs cavorting around the decorated living rooms in wild abandonment. The large trim size and double-page illustrations offer plenty of room to show off the dinosaurs in motion. Each dinosaur is identified within the illustrations as well as in humorous spot illustrations on the endpapers. What child wouldn't love to grab all the presents and lick all the candy canes one by one? Those naughty dinosaurs have the most fun, and their fans will be waiting to see what they get up to next. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
How Do Dinosaurs...? Series
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Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 12.25(h) x 0.40(d)
AD520L (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 Say Merry Christmas? 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PDIA More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend! Wonderful colored pictures for the children to enjoy & cute story!
Scarabrate More than 1 year ago
Delivery was okay, condition of the book less so. Satisfactory in the sense that we got the book - the condition was less than desirable. The book itself is great - it treats each fo the excesses of unhappy children at bedtime as an ostensibly out-to-lunch reaction, and the kids are encourage by the story flow to agree how crazy the dinosaur reaction is. I especially like the parts where Mom is accorded much more respect than Dad at bedtime.