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PreSchool-Grade 2–Another addition to the humorous series that began with How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (Scholastic, 2000). In the first part of the book, dinosaurs burp, belch, and display all kinds of other inappropriate behaviors during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Spinosaurus doesn't eat all his food...[he spits] out his broccoli partially chewed. Quetzalcoatlus fusses, fidgets, and squirms in his chair in a restaurant, while Amargasaurus flips his spaghetti high into the air. But, is this the way that dinosaurs should act? Of course not. So, a very genteel Cryolophosaurus says please and thank you while sitting very still, Lambeosaurus tries everything at least once, and Spinosaurus never drops anything onto the floor. In the last image, a very proper Cryolophosaurus–with pinky in the air–daintily eats his pancakes. The book is great fun, and sure to be popular with dinosaur lovers. Hidden in the illustration on each page is the proper name of the reptile portrayed therein. Teague's gouache-and-ink illustrations contain just the right amount of detail and whimsy, and they are large enough for storytime sharing. Children not yet old enough to read will still enjoy looking at the pictures by themselves.–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 2. After a brief foray into board books, the founders of the How Do Dinosaurs . . . dynasty return to the picture-book format of How Do Dinosaurs Say Good-Night? (2000) and How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? (2003) with an entry on another familiar parent-child minefield--mealtime. These terrible lizards have correspondingly terrible table manners; they burp, hurl spaghetti, and gleefully shove green beans up a giant reptilian nostril. Subsequent scenes of dinos "sit[ting] quite still" and beaming with "smiles and goodwill" offer examples of correct behavior; but even the mealtime "don'ts" offer useful information in hand-painted labels identifying each kaleidoscopically patterned creature. Don't miss queztalcoatus screeching at a restaurant waitress, or upersaurus inspecting his nutritious supper (Teague emphasizes the enormity of the latter beast through clever use of both on- and off-page space). Once again kids will chortle over Teague's clever images of adults dwarfed by toothy miscreants, and both parents and children will recognize the hilarious parallels with occasionally naughty human kids who loom dinosaur-large within their respective households. Jennifer Mattson
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we love this book! this is our second time buying it-gave it as a gift! great way to teach table manners.Published 4 days ago by merc0054
Features a list of bad behaviors about how dinos (children) could misbehave at the table. Then lists ways to behave at the table. Colorful, rhymes.Published 1 month ago by ellison
Purchased as a birthday present for my two year old nephew. He loves dinosaurs and reading so it seemed like a good fit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrea K S
This title and "How Do Dinosaurs say Goodnight" are the best Jane Yolen. OK maybe "How do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends" also. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Working Grandma
This book is great. The voice is captivating. It's the price for what you get that brings it down to 3 stars. It's only five minutes long. It takes us 20 minutes to get to school! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kate Turner
My grandchildren love CD books in the car and this is a cute one.Published 6 months ago by Paula S.