How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (How Do Dinosaurs...?)

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A playful peek into the homes of dinosaur babies and their parents at bedtime. 'How does a dinosaur say good night when Papa comes in to turn off the light? Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout? Does he throw his teddy bear all about?' Most certainly not! Dinosaurs give their mums and dads big hugs and kisses, tuck their tails in and whisper, 'Good night!' Brimming with...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 6th 2003 by HarperCollins Children's Books (first published January 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...more
Mar 23, 2011 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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.
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...more
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.
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.
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...more
“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...more
Lisa Mason
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...more
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...more
Nicole Doerr
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
Teddie Trombley
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
Jamie Drutz
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
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.
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.
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.
Alyssa Mertz
I read this book when my brother got it from the library. Everything about the book is very kid-friendly. The font going in different directions makes the book fun to read. I love that instead of children being put to bed, the parents are putting dinosaurs to bed instead. The dinosaurs act like children in the book, so the kids reading this book can still relate even though the characters are dinos. The illustrations put the size of the dinosaurs into a realistic perspective, the illustrator, Ma...more
Krysta Jenkins
"How do Dinosaurs say Goodnight" is an interesting twist to get children to get to bed at bedtime. The end pages are extentions of the different dinosaur characters in the story. The front and back end pages both depict several dinosaurs in bed getting ready to sleep. Each dinosaurs' fun character is presented in the activity they are doing in bed. The oversized dinosaurs are presented in this story to demostrate the correct way for children to behavior when it is bedtime. The vertical orientati...more
Chels Patterson
Such a great learning tool for kids with their fav animal!
love this whole series because they are so fun to read!
Stef Rozitis
I get it. It's meant to be cute. All dinosaurs are valued male offspring of generic white middle-class heterosexual parents. It's teaching about manners in a way that I guess is supposed to respect masculinity. There is a strong "obey" theme.

I also found it boring enough not to get really angry but just to want to stick a fork in my eye the next time a child asked me to read to them. It has dinosaurs which is pretty much a guarantee of a child wanting to "Read" it with you. NOT a redeeming featu...more
Mary Beth
This book--indeed, this series-- has become a staple in our household. We get one of the "Dinosaur" books from the library at least every other week, and read it daily, refer to it daily, and miss it when it is not in our stack of books. Rabbit is, like most toddlers, fascinated by dinosaurs, and the fact that the dinos in these books have the same sort of issues that he has seems to make him very happy and secure that all is right in the world.

Currently, our local, round-the-corner library has...more
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague is a manners book about bedtime behavior which is part of a successful collaborative author - illustrator series.

The text has great rhymes. The font is large, good for reading aloud or for beginning/intermediate readers. Though the dinosaurs are not named in the text, the illustrations show their names in each bedroom.

The illustrations are fantastic and funny. The dinosaurs show tons of expression whether they are shown m...more
Marissa Cuevas
How do Dinosaurs say Goodnight is a book that my younger brother used to love reading every night when he was younger. This book is a great bed time story that is fun and easy to read. The pictures in this book are enjoyable and very eye catching. This book shows the story of a human mom and dad trying to get there dinosaur child to sleep. The book ends with eventually the parents kissing there dinosaur child goodnight and tucking them in. The dinosaur uses every excuse in the book that a child...more
Mar 31, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their younger children
This is an entertaining tale in the How Do Dinosaurs... series by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague. It's the first book in the series and the one that set off the whole craze. I'm sure that I've read this book with our girls more than once, but I never logged it until now.

The combination of fun, rhyming narrative with colorful, detailed illustrations of dinosaurs in everyday (human) settings make for a very entertaining book. And the fact that the name of each dinosaur is subtly incorporated into the...more
Emily Levings
Yolen, J. (2000). How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?. NY: Scholastic, Inc.

I think this book was really cute because it made the dinosaurs act like some children do before going to bed. I think that makes it humorous for adults if they read the book out loud to their child. I think this could be a great writing prompt for students and it teaches them personification, making the dinosaurs act like humans. I think this would be good for students ages 6-9. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Meg McGregor
Little ones can learn a lot from dinosaurs, can't they? In this book, part of the award winning series by Yolen, little ones learn the do's and don'ts of going to bed by eleven different dinosaurs.

Don't: A dinosaur never slams his tail and pouts!

Do: Dinosaurs don't. They don't even try. They give a big kiss and turn out off the light!

Makes you kind of wish the dinosaurs were still around huh?

Although they might not fit in a babies crib very easily.
Heather Barrett
I enjoyed the play in this picture book. It is using dinosaurs to tell common things children do to try and stay up later and shows how the dinosaurs do not do the things that the children were trying to do. This book uses something that many children, especially boys, like to get the message to children that they should follow directions that their parent gives them. I also enjoyed how the book labeled the different dinosaurs that were pictured.
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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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