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About the Author

JUDY SIERRA is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Wild About Books and its sequel, ZooZical, both illustrated by Marc Brown. Her expertise at creating funny stories told in read-aloud rhyme that trips off the tongue has won her high praise and honors.

TIM BOWERS is the illustrator of Princess Pig by Eileen Spinelli, The Bravest of the Brave by Shutta Crum, and other acclaimed picture books. He had his own greeting card line, Shoebox Greetings, before devoting himself full time to children's books. He lives in Granville, Ohio, with his family.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375867201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375867200
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MomofFour on August 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The pros - wonderfully illustrated, loved the author's use of simple rhyme - engaging on both counts.

The cons - first off, it's true we need to be polite in society but

1 - a stranger (the dino) offering the girl she's met in the grocery store banana chips that she plans to purchase should be taboo - I am trying to teach my kids they do not accept things from strangers (there is no mother present on the page either) - my 6 year old points out that in a book on manners it is BAD manners to open and snack on items unpurchased throughout the store, though people sometimes do.

"The dinosaur then gives you four
Banana chips (which you adore).
She asks you, "Would you like some more?"
How do you answer the dinosaur?

Yes, please." replies the girl.

2 - the girl goes to buy some "butter brickle" candy and at the register asks the dinosaur shopper if she would like some.

"The dinosaur is worried that
A brickle snack would make her FAT.
She does not want it, even slightly.
How does she let you know politely?"

Of course proper nutrition is an education even children should receive. However, I do NOT want my child equating the offer of a small sampling of candy would make her fat. I am quite sure some other rhymed version of why the dino politely declines could have sufficed to fill the page.

We read on average 30+ picture books a week in this house with a focus on the new releases (like this) and it just left us disappointed for these reasons.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. S. W. on May 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Seriously, PEE is not a polite word, despite it's somewhat common usage. Therefore, it shouldn't be used in a book trying to teach children about manners. Part of manners is knowing which slang words aren't polite! We got a good laugh at that one, but really...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Do-It-Yourself Danielle on January 26, 2015
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE this book so much. It's cute, it's got dinosaurs, it can appeal to either boys or girls, and it rhymes. It covers many different ways of using good manners and my son (3) likes to participate when I ask him what the next page will say (ie. "What do you say when someone is in the way?" "Excuse me!"). It really makes learning and talking about manners with young children fun.

That said, there's a couple questionable things like taking food from a stranger and the dinosaur worrying candy will make her fat. I think if you're going to get hung up on those factors that this isn't the book for your family. But it's fiction and I don't send my children grocery shopping alone. I think you can just use those moments as teaching moments if you wanted. Ie. "We only accept food from strangers if mommy says it's okay right?!" Or you could change words when you read to say "no thank you" to the treats.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wilson on June 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My, almost 4 year old, son really loved this book. We read it several times a day for at least a week (we borrowed it from the library). It's a book that allows little ones that can't read yet to participate. Throughout the book a little girl and a dinosaur find themselves interacting during a trip to the grocery store. For example, the girl rushes past the dinosaur to get to the restroom and my son loved saying the 'Excuse Me!' line. This book is perfect for my sons age range. It gently reinforces the proper use of manners and gives children the language to handle different situations. Plus, there's a dinosaur! We will definitely be checking this book out again!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valerie A. Baute on April 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"You're shopping at the grocery story.
Surprise! You see a dinosaur.
This doesn't happen every day.
So, what are you supposed to say?
~Hello. I'm pleased to meet you."

This is a cute story for sure. The drawing are cute, and the message is great. It would be good for introducing manners to children, especially children who like dinosaurs. I do have one major gripe with the book. It doesn't flow well. I started reading it and quickly decided it would be great for storytime at the library where I work. The first couple of stanzas had a natural rhythm to them. Each line was 8 syllables, and it just flowed well. (To be fair, a couple of lines are 9 syllables, but that includes words like "every" which I read as 2 syllables to make it work.) The third little section really threw me off when I got to the last line "If you pick them up, what will she say?" It is 9 syllables. I actually went from reading it out loud to just staring at the page. I went on with the book and got back into the rhythm only to be thrown off again with the line "How do you answer the dinosaur?" It didn't bother me nearly as much as the first bump, but by this point I was unfortunately looking for other issues. There are then a few more lines with a different number of syllables, but they seem to fit into the rhythm.

After reading the book, I decided to just let it go. I wasn't going to read it in storytime, but I also wasn't going to write a review. Then a coworker picked it up. Shortly into it, she got a funny look on her face. She finished it and told me she didn't really like the way it read. She specifically opened it up and pointed out that 9-syllable line. She decided against reading it in storytime as well.
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