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How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? (How Do Dinosaurs...?)

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Jane Yolen runs through the gamut of mealtime bad behaviour, satisfyingly concluding with impeccably behaved dinosaur guests.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published September 2005)
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Sarah Sammis
Aug 17, 2007 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pc
Mark Teague's illustrations are reminiscent of 1930s and 1940s commercial art (think Saturday Evening Post) giving the book a wonderful visual authority and playfulness. Here are dinosaurs acting like preschoolers while their baffled and horrified human parents try their best to raise polite dinosaurs.

My favorite page has a dinosaur who glares at his food refusing to eat what is on his plate. It reminds me so much of Sean at his most stubborn. He and I have gone head to head over what and how mu
Mar 27, 2008 Tami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? blends a child's curiosity and interest in dinosaurs and the parental desire to teach table manners. The story starts out showing colourful illustrations of various types of dinosaurs as they are in the act of eating in ill-mannered ways. The caption below asks if the dinosaur ate this way. For instance, "does he bubble his milk?" At the end of the story, the child gets an answer that dinosaurs always ate with the best of manners.

Though definitely not realistic
Stephen Escalera
Dec 21, 2010 Stephen Escalera rated it it was amazing
I have a four-year old son and as most parents of a child that age can sympathize with, getting him to eat his food, especially the food he doesn't like, let alone the food he DOES like, can be a hard task. In fact, it just might often feel like battling a dinosaur. Jane Yolen and Mark Teague must have had this eternal battle in mind when they added this book to their series of How Do Dinosaurs do things.

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? teaches good table manners by first listing things that sho
Mar 26, 2011 Bretagne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, dinosour
Audience: Preschool ages 2-4
Personal Appeal: humorous and fun illustrations
Story Prep: Several funny questions, children may want to answer becasue they know the dinosaurs are not behaving the way they should. One page has a question in all caps and bold. Interactive.
Illustrations: Each page shows a differnt dinosaur and has the latin name written on part of the page. The illustrations are important because they enhance the humor, show a detailed picture of each type of dinosaur, and demostrate
Apr 08, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This book was fun! I liked the rhyming and illustrations, they really worked well with this story. The subject of manners is very important for children to learn, and I think that using this as a resource would work very well. Since children normally like dinosaurs A LOT the story like would engage them. The front and back panels were informative as well. For those students that have become interested in learning about dinos they can learn and share the dinosaurs using the insides of the cover. ...more
Sep 19, 2011 Katelyn rated it really liked it
1. Rhyming

2. This is a funny story about manners. The author uses dinosaurs, instead of people, to display the do's and dont's when eating food.

3. A. I want to comment on the lightheartedness of this book. Manners are an important topic with children, but the author and illustrator did a wonderful job making bad manners look "silly". The rhyming makes the story an easy listen, and the illustrations are comical. The dinosaurs are labeled on each page, and children may find that entertaining as w
Katie Williams
A silly story about how dinosaurs might eat at the dinner table and how they should eat at the dinner table. The book also provides different scientific names for each dinosaurs in the story. I might use this book if my students were having a hard time at lunch knowing how to properly manage their time and eat their food. Especially if they talk too much, too loudly and tend to get out of their seats a lot. My first grades had a hard time at this. The class could make a Dino Dining poster where ...more
Samantha Sheeran
Feb 09, 2012 Samantha Sheeran rated it really liked it
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food by Jane Yolen and Mark Teaque goes through all the sceniros about how dinosaurs could eat their food rudely. After this is done, it demonstrates how dinosaurs really eat their food; politely.

I really enjoyed this book and thought it could teach a very good lesson to children. The authors were smart by chosing dinosaurs becasue dinosaurs are soemthing that children love and are interested in. The book is rhymes, which is very good for holding children's attention.
Mar 27, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, picture-books
Basic Plot: While we may assume dinosaurs are messy, picky, impolite eaters, in reality they are very polite and open to trying new things. Really.

This is a very quick rhymer to read. The art is really good, especially in the pictures where the dinos are misbehaving. The looks on the parents' faces are pretty well priceless. I also like how the names of the specific dino types are embedded within the pictures. It's subtle and works well for parents like me, who don't necessarily know all the nam
Jul 15, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it
Summary: Describes how a dinosaur eats, with no rude noises and while sitting very still.

A great read for preschoolers. This is one of J's favorites right now (almost 4 years old). The illustrations make one laugh as we see a big dinosaur sitting at a table trying to eat some food (with mom or dad close by). Text and pictures first show the dinosaur doing things he is not supposed to be doing while eating (pretty funny!) and then half way through the text show what they are supposed to be doing.
Meghan Hunt
Oct 17, 2012 Meghan Hunt rated it really liked it
Shelves: jp-picture-books
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Oct 18, 2012 Rachelle rated it it was amazing
The juxtaposition of the dinosaurs in a human environment with human parents is just genius. This is a book I never get tired of reading, because the illustrations just crack me up. My toddler adores it also, and of course it is a great teaching tool.

I love that the dinosaurs used are actual dinosaurs, and an effort is made to include many different species and to label them. My son loves the details in the illustrations- he loves looking for the dogs, cats, etc. that are sprinkled throughout t
Jan 20, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yolen and Teague have done some great picture books together and this is one of them! The text is big, rhymes, and is so fun to read, especially with the illustrations that are just absolutely hilarious! It's so marvelous to go through and question all of the rude behavior that the dinosaurs might possibly have to find out that no, they have absolutely amazing manners. Really fun to read out loud, and the kids love it!
Brigid Keely
Mar 22, 2013 Brigid Keely rated it really liked it
"How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food" by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague is part of the "How Do Dinosaurs..." picture book series. In them, the dino kids do various things like eat their food, go to bed, play with their cats/dogs/friends, tell jokes, etc.

There isn't too much text, which can be a plus with a book that enters the re-read constantly pile. What text there is, is clear and rhymes in a way that isn't overly twee. It's a little bit proscriptive, but opens the way to conversations about what is/
Vicki Nemeth
The dinosaurs are beautifully illustrated, but it seems like Teague went out of his way to make the humans look boring. I don't see why you would try to make humans look boring when they are already next to dinosaurs.

As for Jane Yolen's poem, it doesn't seem suited for a picture book. It was, of course, broken up line for line into several pages, which disturbs its rhythmic flow. Putting a few lines on a page would have worked better. Or, this poem might be better on one page as part of a bigger
Jun 11, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, childrens-ya
As a subscriber to Jane Yolen's poem a day email list, I pledged to buy or borrow one of her books from a library each month. This month I bought one of her many children's books - this one! This is a series of books - "How Do Dinosaur's..." and if they all are as cute as this one, I might have to buy more. My 3 yr. old son loved it. On the second reading he even answered enthusiastically to all the questions in the book like "Does he pick at his cereal,/throw down his cup,/hoping to make someon ...more
Jul 11, 2013 Rhaynes5 added it
Shelves: just-for-fun
How do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food is just a god funny book that the children love to read! They think it's funny and they love to see the different dinosaurs fumble over themselves in each illustration. I would use this book in the classroom to connect to the real world for children. Children love dinosaurs so if I were to do a unit on dinosaurs I would definitely include this book not to teach any facts about dinosaurs but may be to put inside one of my learning centers to support the theme as we ...more
Sep 06, 2013 Camilla rated it really liked it
Kids love dinosaurs :)
Shelby Moser
Dec 15, 2013 Shelby Moser rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eng-261
Again this is from the How do Dinosaurs series. This particular book is also interactive and asks children how to eat at the table, using a dinosaur for the examples. The theme of the book can be best described as teaching manners. The dinosaur goes through both inappropriate behaviors that one might see at a table and clearly states that the dinosaur would not do that inappropriate act. But there also appropriate behaviors hat the dinosaur does and the kids would find that it what they are to d ...more
Destiny Dawn Long
I did't enjoy this installment of the "How Do Dinosaurs..." series as I did "How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?" I'm not certain, but I feel like the first half of this book (The question inquiring about bad behavior) is significantly longer than the latter half (the positive examples of how dinosaurs practice good manners). It felt a little lopsided to me each time I read it to my daughter.

It's still a fun book, though. I borrowed it partly because my daughter has been struggling with table m
Rory Scott Douglas
Dec 04, 2013 Rory Scott Douglas rated it really liked it
As part of the "How Do Dinosaurs..." series, Yolen and Teague collaborate to bring us another role model book wrapped up in a simple digestible format. Mark Teague's illustrations are engaging and have a nonsensical edge that allows a time-old message to be reiterated in a enjoyable way.

The book, written in a series of rhyming questions, follows a series of common child-like reactions to food and highlights how silly they seem. At the same time it asks children to really think about the consequ
Jan 12, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library last week. My five-year-old son, not surprisingly, loves dinosaurs.

The entire series of dinosaur books by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague are absolutely wonderful. It doesn't take much of a stretch of the imagination for a young child to see themselves in the dinosaurs, but, because they are dinosaurs, they are so much funnier when they misbehave. And even when they behave. The dinosaurs in this particular book exhibited some
Gina Diloreto
Mar 01, 2014 Gina Diloreto rated it it was amazing
Yolen, Jane and Teague, Mark. (2005). How do dinosaurs eat their food?. New York: Scholastic.

I love this book and so do my children, ages 5 and 7. This is a book that they know most of the words to, because we read it so often. The book is very interactive. The first half of the book asks questions (which my kids love to answer with a vehement 'NO'), such as, "How does a dinosaur eat all his food? Does he burp, does he belch, does he make noises quite rude?". The second half of the book answers
Apr 24, 2014 Peanut rated it it was amazing
MOMMY: We've already read How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight and both loved it. As the second we've read in the series, I'll be searching for the rest soon. These are the best kind of manners books, in that they are teaching without directly telling which is just the kind of positive manipulation my 3 yr old needs ;)

PEANUT: He asked to read this 3 times the day we got it and referred to it during mealtime! He's 3 1/2 but it'll appeal to kids of all ages. We've read it every day since we picked it up
Maddie Watson
Oct 29, 2014 Maddie Watson rated it liked it
"How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?" by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague is a short storybook demonstrating good and bad behavior portrayed by various dinosaurs. "How does a dinosaur eat all his food? Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude?" The first half of the book gives various examples of bad table manners and then the second half of the book it shows readers that actually dinosaurs have very good table manners.

This is a great book with a great purpose. Kids don't alw
Dec 13, 2014 Dana rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a very quick rhymer to read. The pictures in this book are really good, especially in the pictures where the dinos are misbehaving.

This book makes the children laugh, they think it's funny and they love to see the different dinosaurs fumble over themselves in each illustration. The dinosaur has rude and silly eating habits( dinosaur squeeze's his spaghetti through his big toes.) After this, it demonstrates how the dinosaur can eat his food nicely and politely. Most children liked when th
Logan Williams
Feb 26, 2015 Logan Williams rated it liked it
Personal Reaction:
For someone who is intrigued with learning about dinosaurs, I thought this was a fun and entertaining read. The illustrations were very well done and looked quite realistic. The drawings also gave the reader an idea of what each type of dinosaur looked like. While the book was quite short and simple, it was humorous and I believe it would maintain a child's attention.

This would be a great poetry book to read to a class that ranges from Kindergarten through 1st grade. Th
Dec 15, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books, dinosaurs
My daughter and I love these books. She loves the pictures of the dinosaurs doing normal human things. The story line is really cute. What I like is that the book poses a bunch of questions of whether the dinos do things that would be considered misbehaving. Then the second half to last third of the book, it says "No, they..." and describes the sweet way the follow rules and behave well.

I have read 4 or 5 different books in this series and have really enjoyed them all. Would love to own more of
Thalia Papadakis
Sep 07, 2016 Thalia Papadakis rated it really liked it
I love these dinosaur books. When I have "book-dates" with younger students for good behavior, I may possibly maybe sort of kind of lead them towards either the dinosaur books or the Skippy John Jones books.
Oct 17, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signing-stories
Love this series! Great for mealtime storytime!
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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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