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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Series: How Do Dinosaurs…
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439241022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439241021
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.8 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Heidi Anne Heiner VINE VOICE on September 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Jane Yolen and Mark Teague offer us a fifth "How Do Dinosaurs,,,?" title that is fresh and fun for both parents and children, fortunately back in hardcover format. Yolen's effortless text is once again perfectly matched with Teague's vivid illustrations of dinosaurs at meal time, first behaving badly and then with grace and charm. The formula has been proven effective in the previous titles but is far from trite or redundant even the fifth time around thanks to the talents of author and illustrator. Children also receive a message about manners that is far from didactic or dull, but couched in humor that parents should still enjoy after the umpteenth reading. Expect to have that umpteenth reading, too, since this one is sure to become a favorite.

I just introduced the title to a storytime group and the response was positive. Children and parents sat quietly, excited to see what the dinosaurs will do next. This book, like the others in the series, are perfect for large groups or just one on one time between parent and child.

Highest recommendation.
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By T. Boyles on September 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My 5yr old son loves the dinosaur series.

This book is his new favorite!!!

It does address things like table manners and rude "noises" @ the table -- which is a great thing for a 5 yr old boy who thinks those noises are funny.

Get this and all the "How do Dinosaurs..." books!
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We purchased How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and fell in love with it.
Our dinosaur obsessed daughter loves it and we read it as our bedtime story at least a few times a week.

We then looked into the other books in the series and bought this and How Do Dinosaurs... Pocket Library.
This book teaches your children about proper table manners. As with the other books in the series, the dinosaurs use inproper table manners most of the way through the book and then of course demonstrate perfect table manners at the end to teach your child.
I do worry about the books teaching your child worse habits before improving them but I think she probably threw a lot of food on the floor before reading this too!
This one doesn't appeal as much as How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? but is still a good fun book for children with dinosaurs and an attempt to teach your children better manners.
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I received this book as a gift from my cousin. She told me that buying books for my kids is scary because my husband is a published fantasy author...it's a bit like cooking for her brother, the Sous Chef.

Anyway, my 15-month-old twins have loved this book from the very start. Right now they don't understand all the words, but I enjoy reading it to them anyway. The dinosaurs' mannerisms are very apropos, so I get a laugh even though I read and reread the same 15 pages. They absolutely love the vibrant illustrations. Each time we read the book, they point out something new...a cat here, a dog there, the bib on a dinosaur.

Simply put, this is one of our whole family's favorites. I am buying copies to give other parents as gifts.
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Purchased as a birthday present for my two year old nephew. He loves dinosaurs and reading so it seemed like a good fit. Like a lot of kids his age he likes a food one day and will not touch it the next. I'm not saying it solved that problem completely but now if he's being fussy at the dinner table you can say, how does a Dinosaur eat their food? and it's usually good for at least a bite or two more.
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This super fun series of books are sure to please all the dino lovers out there! My dino loving 4.5yr old can't get enough dinosaur books and I can't get enough of the creatively illustrated stories in this series as you journey through typical toddler and preschool behaviors with boundry testing, mood swinging picky"fun" (humorously illustrated) and still the undeniable love between parent and child. Great books to have in your little readers library!
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This title and "How Do Dinosaurs say Goodnight" are the best Jane Yolen. OK maybe "How do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends" also. These have been read so many times the pages are falling out.
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I love the series! Our dog destroyed the first copy and I had to order a new one right away for my son because it's his favorite book. It has been a big help in teaching my son some basic table manners. If he starts to misbehave I ask him "Do dinosaurs do that?" and he will tell me, "NOOOOOO!" and settle down.
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