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How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? Hardcover – September 1, 2005
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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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This book has been a tremendous help. First of all, the illustrations are absolutely beautiful. They're funny and elegant, and filled with little touches that my children love- like household pets watching in horror as the poorly behaved dinosaurs wreak havoc on mealtime. I myself am particularly fond of the illustrations of the dinosaur's poor human parents, watching in disgust and alarm as their dinosaur children throw food in the air, bubble their milk, or stick beans up their noses.
Then there's the story itself. Short and sweet, and cleverly rhymed. The rhyme is the most helpful. Now that my children know and love the book so much, at mealtimes I only need to repeat a rhyme from to book, "Does a dinosaur throw down his cup, hoping to make someone else pick it up?" for my children to shake their heads, and meekly place their cups into the cup holders on their trays.
Maybe the book is magic, I don't know, but it's been wonderful. We read it several times a week, and I think it will continue to be a staple around bedtime in our home for years to come.