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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?: Now in French (How Do Dinosaurs...?)

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Follow along as eleven different dinosuar children and their prehistoric parents give a big kiss, turn out the light, tuck in their tails, and whisper "good night." Filled with wonderful detail, humor, and priceless expressions. THIS TITLE IS IN FRENCH

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Published September 1st 2011 by Scholastic Audio (first published April 1st 2000)
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This book is tricksy. Kids love it because it has dinosaurs and adults love it because it is brainwashing in the best way. This is how it goes:

"Oh, does little one not want to go to sleep?"
"What did you just scream at me like you were possessed of the devil?"
"Okay, let's read a book about how all the dinosaurs you love go right to bed without any fuss. Hmmm...Pteranodon, now does he throw a fit when daddy tells him to get in bed? No! Of course not! He would neve
Mar 23, 2011 Mariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: night owls
Recommended to Mariel by: impulse reads
Dinosaurs are extinct 'cause they went to sleep and never woke up. Night owls are still around.
I read this in line at the supermarket (beats tabloids any day. Unless Elvis does decide to really come back). It's cute and funny. Love dinosaurs. (I still love Dr. Seuss more.)
This reminds me of the time when I was a kid and the grandparents gave me an ironic nightgown with a dinosaur on it who didn't wanna go to bed. I'd point to it as my reason/explanation for not going to bed. Dinosaurs don't slee
Mar 21, 2016 Sterlingcindysu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Now anyone would think it would be easier to put a 2 year old boy down for a nap than to put a dinosaur to bed.

You'd be wrong. Dinosaurs are surprisingly well behaved at bedtime. They even tuck in their tails! And read in bed!

dino reading

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May 21, 2011 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I suppose it is not surprising how many children's books are illustrated in a simplistic, spare, or at best cartoonish fashion. And that's fine, of course: art doesn't have to be complicated to be good. What surprises me is how many children's books - even children's books bearing impressive looking award seals - have illustrations that might kindly be described as abstract, but would more likely described as "ugly" by the average 6-year-old. The beautiful "Carl" series (example: You're A Good D ...more
Lisa Vegan
I did not expect to like this book very much. Sometimes I love being wrong. This book had me laughing from first page to last.

Jane Yolen is not only a prolific writer; she’s incredibly eclectic. The story rhyme is terrific.

The illustrations are outstanding and they’re hilarious. The pictures show a variety of large dinosaurs in human size bedrooms, with a variety of human size human mothers and fathers, and dog size family dogs, and human child size toys and beds and teddy bears. They’re so, so
The text was fun, nothing spectacular (maybe I was expecting more by the children's book goddess that is Jane Yolen) but the rhyme is great for those bed-time read alouds. And the story is a very cute and amusing concept. I think the illustrations really brought it to life. The expressions on the dinosaur's faces are SO funny, and the parents, gosh, I bet every mom and dad has made one of those faces at bedtime, haha! I thought it was really clever how the actual name of each dinosaur was writte ...more
I just adore Yolen's books. This one centers on different dinosaurs (whose names are hidden within the illustrations so kids can search for the name) showing, first, how not to go to bed, then showing appropriate bedtime behavior. The human moms and dads are of different ages, races, and body types - just like real-life moms and dads. The contrast of the huge dinosaurs in kid-sized bedrooms is hysterical. This book is an excellent read-aloud that invites audience participation.
Jul 01, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
We all loved this one. Similar to another story about dinosaurs being sick we used to own, it's a level 1 reading book at best. But this one is best read out loud for two reasons. First of all, only a parent can truly to justice to the poetic rhyme of the words in this one, and second, because the kids really need to be focusing on these big, beautiful, descriptive pictures while the story is being read. Highly recommended.
Feb 20, 2011 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
This book would be a great tool to introduce a dinosaur unit. The teacher could have the students look through the book and see how many dinosaurs they can name. The teacher can also have the children look for the names of the dinosaurs on different pages.
For older kids, the teacher could have the students study the names in the book, to help them build their vocabulary, and maybe do a spelling test on the names. (A spelling test should be done for grades 5 or 6).
The teacher could use the boo
Jul 19, 2010 Ronyell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ronyell by: The Picture-Book Club
“How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?” is a cute bedtime book by Jane Yolen along with illustrations by Mark Teague and it is about how dinosaurs try to say goodnight to their parents. “How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?” is a cute story that many children would enjoy reading during bedtime.

Jane Yolen makes this story extremely cute as she makes the dinosaurs in this book act like real children and I love the way that Jane Yolen made the dinosaurs childish and loving at the same time towards their paren
Lisa Mason
Sep 11, 2011 Lisa Mason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? is a picture book that ultimately challenges young children to say goodnight to their parents without the drama and emotion that is often associated with bedtime.
Through repetition and rhyme, this concept book describes inappropriate bedtime responses by a variety of dinosaur species. They include stomping their feet, asking for a piggy back ride, throwing their teddy bears and roaring when mother or father says it is time to say goodnight.

The illustrations onl
Jul 17, 2012 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
I agree with other reviewers that this story is an entertaining "appropriate bedtime behavior" book. There wasn't anything in here that wasn't likable. But the kids that I read this to weren't terribly impressed.

My niece liked it just fine, I suppose, although I don't know if she actually heard it. She was intent on finding the name of the dinosaur hidden on every page, so I really don't think her primary aim was to hear the story.

My nephew just didn't tune in, which really surprised me. He lik
Nicole Doerr
Apr 13, 2012 Nicole Doerr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is such a great book for toddlers and preschoolers. I would classify this book as science fiction because it involves dinosaurs. All young readers love books about dinosaurs. They are excited about them some reason. This book shows different dinosaurs acting out when it is time to go to sleep. But then the book shows that this in not the right way to behave. There is a great lesson with this story which is great for preschoolers.The illustrations in this book are very details and realistic. ...more
SheriC (Portable Magic)
Preachy and manipulative and almost all the moms are in dresses. But cute dinosaurs.
Feb 02, 2016 Jacklyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about how the dragons go to bed. They may stomp and play and demand for another story, but in the end they behave well and kiss their parents goodnight. The orientation is straight and the cover is rap around. The endpages are pattern endpages and have all the dinosaurs that appear in the book. The dinosaurs on the endpages are on their bed sleeping, reading, or playing with toys. On the front matter page, the author says this book is dedicated to her own little dinosaurs at bedt ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you say cute? Jane Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? is the perfect bedtime read aloud. Though the text is somewhat lacking (this is the Jane Yolen, winner of too many book awards to count, after all), the simplicity of its rhyming questions is what makes it a perfect read aloud. Any child- from a sleepy one to one who never wants to go to bed- is sure to sit down and listen to this book. The rhythm makes it easy for parents to read and even easier for children to understand and follow ...more
Alexa Rothman
Sep 02, 2015 Alexa Rothman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything about the children’s story “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight” by Jane Yolen was great. When I picked it up and saw the size of the book, I thought that was interesting right off the bat because it was longer than a normal book. This was obviously made like this because the book is about Dinosaurs and they are pretty large, so the comparison there was good to start off with. Then when I opened the first page and saw the drawing of the first dinosaur and how intricate it was drawn, I kne ...more
Amanda Deatherage
This is a story about how dinosaurs go to sleep. The book goes through a bunch of different scenes of a dinosaur doing something bad when they are going to sleep such as saying no, throwing a tantrum, and throwing their toys. Finally the scenes change to what the dinosaurs should do as they go to sleep such as getting tucked in, giving a hug and a kiss, and saying goodnight. This book is good for teaching kids about listening to their parents and doing what they say. If you read this book to a c ...more
Teddie Trombley
Apr 29, 2014 Teddie Trombley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book I really liked it because it is really funny and very realistic. If you have never tried to put a child to bed it could be really hard and really difficult sometimes and they all try to get out of going to bed. This book shows all the tricks that children do when they are told that they have to go to bed but instead of using kids they use dinosaurs. This book teaches children how they should not act when it is bedtime but it shows them the good way to act when it is bedti ...more
Lauren Brown
Feb 11, 2016 Lauren Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book by Jane Yolen does an excellent job at giving dinosaurs human like characteristics to make the story fun and relatable for children reading. This book is great for teaching social skills and ways to behave in public or in everyday life. Every book in this series gives scenarios to children of the inappropriate ways to act to show what is not appropriate but then turns around and shows the correct way to act. The book is very interactive and allows lots of opportunities for questions th ...more
Dec 02, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How does a dinosaur say goodnight? When papa comes in, the dinosaur roars, and pouts, and shouts, and “throws his teddy bear all about.” The eleven different dinosaur children all refuse to go to bed, acting very much like actual children, that is until mama comes in. The dinosaurs add to the humors tone that accompanies the book, creating an environment of laughter instead becoming an inevitable lecture. The difference in size between the dinosaur's and their parents also adds to the humor. Th ...more
Jamie Drutz
Feb 03, 2014 Jamie Drutz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me of every child at bed time, including myself when I was younger. It seems like this would be great to read aloud and (hopefully) teach kids that even though they want to revolt and refuse to go to bed, that's simply not how a dinosaur would behave; therefore, that's not how they should behave either. This book's orientation was horizontal, which made sense with the story because the illustrations of the dinosaurs required both sides of the pages to make an impact about thei ...more
Betsie Johnson
Nov 17, 2015 Betsie Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: routines
This is a silly book about a dinosaur's bedtime routine. The illustrations show dinosaurs in human houses with mommies and daddies, and each page talks about what a dinosaur might do if his/her parents told him it was time to sleep. ("When Daddy comes in and shuts off the light, does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout, or throw his teddy bear all about?") The story ends with the dinosaur kissing his mommy or daddy, shutting off the lights, and going to sleep. This story is relatable to children's ...more
Caitlin Labenz
Nov 12, 2014 Caitlin Labenz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"How do Dinosaurs Say Good Night" is a story about these dinosaurs that are supposed to go to sleep. The parents come into the room and try to get the dinosaur settled down and getting them ready for bath, giving them their favorite blanket, and reading them a story. The story is told from what the dinosaur says they will do, but at the end of the story the dinosaur gives their parents a kiss and goes to sleep.
This story is really age appropriate for the audience they are going with. I have rea
Jun 21, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, picture-books
Basic plot: The various tactics little "dinosaurs" use to get out of going to bed...

There were dinosaurs I actually recognized in this one! I was excited. The art continues to be great, and the actions of the dinosaurs will cause a chuckle from the adults reading to their children. I like these books, and will continue to seek them out.
Sep 03, 2015 Aorduna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts off by asking how do dinosaurs say good night. It has small texts with big illustrations showing that the dinosaur might stomp its feet or even roar when daddy puts him to bed. Then it ask what happens if mommy puts the baby dinosaur to sleep. Once again it ask does it do this or perhaps that? Then it takes an unexpected turn by saying NO the dinosaurs put themselves to sleep. They gladly turn off the lights and that they tuck in their tails into bed and give a big kiss good nigh ...more
There are lots of books out to teach kids good manners, but when it comes to little boys, few things get through to them in the same way as dinosaurs. Having only a godson, I have no idea if this ploy is as effective with little girls, but I imagine it must be.
Mar 31, 2016 Shelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yolen, Jane How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (2000) This is a children's animal fantasy picture book. There are different kinds of dinosaurs on each page acting like small children. Just like young children who resist bedtime these Dinosaurs are stomping around and demanding another story. Children can relate to the behavior of the dinosaurs but it seems more ridiculous to see large dinosaurs pouting and throwing teddy bears. The illustrations complement the story and add to the humor of
A great bedtime story that I was not familiar with. The art is fantastic and the writing funny. And the message is spot on. And you get to hook your kids on dinosaurs as a side benefit.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Very much in-line with the other dinosaur books by Yolen and Teague. A way to discuss children's appropriate and inappropriate behaviors without directly using children.
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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