Can children, and in particular, boys, ever read too many dinosaur books? Certainly not. Dinosaurs are forever fascinating in both fiction and nonfiction. They may be monstrous and terrifying, but conveniently, because they're extinct, we don't need to worry about them showing up in the back yard or under the bed.
Over the past decade, author Jane Yolen and illustrator Mark Teague have been stoking dinosaur frenzy with a nifty set of rhyming stories, featuring obstreperous and gargantuan dinosaur children and their baffled, bedeviled, and forbearing humans parents. First on the scene was How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night where ten different dinosaurs and their weary dads and moms negotiated the landmine of bedtime. Since then, there have been many more, some in oversized hardcover, and others in chunky and indestructible board books, just right for little hands.
"What if a dinosaur / catches the flu?
Does he whimper and whine between each atchoo?
Does he drop / dirty tissues all over the floor?
Does he fling all his medicine / out of the door?"
Jaunty, oversized paintings and a sprightly rhyming series of questions showcase ten sniffly, under the weather, cranky dinosaurs. With their concerned parents, they visit the doctor and follow sensible remedies at home to shake off the aches and sneezes-including pills, juice, and lots of rest. At the end, after one Mama and Papa tiptoe out the door, we bid the many-horned teddy-clutching styrachosaurus, "Get well. Get well, little dinosaur."
Themes : DINOSAURS. FATHERS. HUMOR. MOTHERS. STORIES IN RHYME.
CRITICS HAVE SAID
- Teague’s funny, full-color illustrations are dominated by the creatures and lift the lightly didactic to the highly entertaining as human parents care for their dino charges in children’s bedrooms filled with toys, clothes, shoes, books, and a nervous cat, or in a doctor’s office.
–School Library Journal
IF YOU LOVE THIS BOOK, THEN TRY:
- Broach, Elise. When Dinosaurs Came with Everything. Atheneum, 2007.
- Cherry, Lynne. Who’s Sick Today? Dutton, 1988.
- Dodson, Peter. An Alphabet of Dinosaurs. Scholastic, 1995.
- Edwards, Pamela Duncan. Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale. Hyperion, 1997.
- Gibbons, Gail. Dinosaurs. Holiday House, 2008.
- Hearn, Diane Dawson. Dad’s Dinosaur Day. Macmillan, 1993.
- Hoff, Syd. Danny and the Dinosaur. HarperCollins, 1986.
- LeGuin, Ursula K. A Visit from Dr. Katz. Atheneum, 1988.
- McMullan, Kate. I’m Bad! HarperCollins, 2008.
- Most, Bernard. How Big Were the Dinosaurs? Harcourt, 1994.
- Nolan, Dennis. Dinosaur Dreams. Macmillan, 1990.
- Rohmann, Eric. Time Flies. Crown, 1994.
- Shields, Carol Diggory. Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp. Candlewick, 1997.
- Stickland, Paul, and Henrietta Stickland. Dinosaur Roar! Dutton, 1994.
- Talbott, Hudson. We’re Back! Crown, 1987.
- Thomas, Shelley Moore. Get Well, Good Knight. Dutton, 2002.
- Wallace, Karen. I Am a Tyrannosaurus. Atheneum, 2004.
- Wells, Rosemary. Felix Feels Better. Candlewick, 2001.
- Whybrow, Ian. Sammy and the Dinosaurs. Orchard, 1999.
- Willems, Mo. Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct. Hyperion, 2006.
- Yolen, Jane. How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? Blue Sky/Scholastic, 2000. (And others in the How Do Dinosaurs series.)