I Speak Dinosaur!

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Little boys will roar for I Speak Dinosaur!, in which an energetic kid with a big imagination prefers to “speak Dinosaur.” Speaking Dinosaur means he doesn’t have to use his manners and instead can roar and growl at his friends and family! But speaking Dinosaur gets the boy into trouble, and without other “dinosaurs” to talk to and play with, he gets lonely. Delivering a fun message that encourages young readers to express themselves creatively, yet cautioning that even dinosaurs need to be polite and say ...
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Overview


Little boys will roar for I Speak Dinosaur!, in which an energetic kid with a big imagination prefers to “speak Dinosaur.” Speaking Dinosaur means he doesn’t have to use his manners and instead can roar and growl at his friends and family! But speaking Dinosaur gets the boy into trouble, and without other “dinosaurs” to talk to and play with, he gets lonely. Delivering a fun message that encourages young readers to express themselves creatively, yet cautioning that even dinosaurs need to be polite and say “please” and “thank you,” this dino-mite book will have larger-than-life kid appeal.

Praise for I Speak Dinosaur
"In this fun and energetic picture book, one that will definitely grab your boys’ attention, a young boy with a creative imagination chooses to speak in dinosaur language...This is a wonderful title for an elementary school counselor and for teachers of younger students."
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Thinking that dinosaurs are exempt from using manners, a small boy decides to "speak dinosaur" and growl at everyone he meets. When invited to play, he roars and scares his friends away. Soon, Mama has had enough of this behavior and sends him out to play on his own. That's when he realizes being alone is no fun. Then he encounters dinosaurs that know the value of good manners, and, by the end of the story, he actually does speak dinosaur. Delightful illustrations done in pen-and-ink on watercolor paper show the dinosaur at its scariest; even the shadows are frightful, which might be a turnoff for some children. Just the right amount of text makes this an enjoyable book for reading aloud. The lesson is a simple but important one—play nice, even if you have sharp teeth and can growl if you want to.—Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN
Kirkus Reviews
Will loud roars, acting out and snatching toys away from younger sibs lead to friendly playtimes and happy parents, or being ejected from the house and shunned by the neighborhood? Take a wild guess. Stripped down to a few flat phrases--"Dinosaurs never say, ‘Thank you.' They just say, MUCKUS, BRUCKUS!"--matched to washy watercolor images, a lad switches back and forth between obnoxious human and garish red dinosaur throughout the day. He scatters his playmates, angers his mother and startles the neighbors in boisterous dinosaur mode. Punishment ensues. In an abrupt and thoroughly unconvincing turnaround, he discovers that responding politely to a group of peers' oh-so-realistic "Hi! May we please play with you?" brings instant acceptance and that allowing little sister to join in will draw a smile from Mom. This clumsy exercise in parental wishful thinking looks and reads like a pastiche of Bob Shea's Dinosaur Vs. series, Where the Wild Things Are and Calvin and Hobbes, and it is more apt to result in dismissive snickers than socialization. Straight didacticism, uninspired by its obvious influences and too thin to provide more than a pretense of concealment for its agenda. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419702334
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,214,035
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jed Henry is a fresh, new picture book talent and the illustrator of Pick a Pup, by Marsha Wilson Chall, and Can’t Wait till Christmas, by Mike Huckabee. He lives in Utah with his wife and daughter.

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