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How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

By Jane Yolen, Mark Teague (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2006
The popular HOW DO DINOSAURS... series continues with a hilarious look at dinosaurs at dinner time!When dinosaurs eat their food, what do they do?This book runs through the gamut of mealtime bad behaviour, satisfyingly concluding with impeccably behaved dinosaur dinner guests:'Eat up. Eat up, little dinosaur.'A sure-fire winner with parents of young children - it will be an invaluable help with meal time manners.

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/ Key title The popular HOW DO DINOSAURS... series continues with a hilarious look at dinosaurs at dinner time! / This is the third title in the popular HOW DO DINOSAURS... series / Over 50,000 HOW DO DINOSAURS... titles have been sold in the UK to date / HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOOD NIGHT? was first published in the US in 2000 and reached number 1 in the Publishers Weekly Children's Bestsellers List, and number 3 in the New York Times Bestseller List / HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOOD NIGHT? will be included in a HarperCollins mini-picture book promotion in April 2006, regenerating interest in the series / Jane Yolen is also the author of the 'Before They Were Heroes' children's fiction series for HarperCollins.

About the Author

Jane Yolen has written more than two hundred books for children and adults and is the winner of many presitigious awards in the US, including the Caldecott Medal.


Echoing the tone and look of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?, these collaborators' latest guide to dino etiquette offers a jaunty comedy of errors, er, table manners. In the first half, against spare backdrops with a 1950s feel, dinosaurs behave kid-pleasingly naughtily when their human parents serve them meals. As Yolen's rhyming narrative asks questions ("How does a dinosaur eat all his food? Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude?"), Teague's illustrations provide affirmative answers, comically capturing the dining dinos' antics: one is covered in spaghetti after throwing his plate into the air, another blows bubbles in his milk glass and a third lies on the floor, happily sticking beans up his nose. The tables turn in the second half, when narrative and pictures offer Miss Manners alternatives while revisiting the same prehistoric heroes. One willingly says "Please" and "Thank you" (while wearing a bib) and another "tries every new thing, at least one small bite. He makes no loud noisesAthat isn't polite." Young dinosaur fans will enjoy encountering novel characters here (all labeled on the endpapers), as Teague has invited an unusual array of species to this tasty feast. Ages 3-5. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOOD NIGHT? The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week HOW DO DINOSAURS GET WELL SOON?: Children will find these poorly dinosaurs and their families really funny... The full-page illustrations are fantastic, too. BBC Parenting This is an ingenious book that will get your little ones behaving perfectly when they're ill... Baby & You

PreS-Gr 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 Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780007216093
ISBN: 0007216092
Publisher: HarperCollins
Dimensions: 31.2 x 22.6 x 0.2 centimetres (0.02 kg)
Age Range: 2-4 years
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A great little story about dinner time manners, or lack thereof. The rhyming story goes down well with the very young, while the message will appeal to older readers and listeners. And as an added bonus, the beautiful dinosaur illustrations are bound to appeal. My little dinosaur just adores it.

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