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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

(How Do Dinosaurs...?)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  35,113 ratings  ·  785 reviews
In a few simple lines of verse on each spread, fathers and mothers are ready to put their youngsters to bed. But in this book, the youngsters are a wide variety of dinosaurs. And how do dinosaurs say good night?

Filled with wonderful detail and humor, children and their parents will love the expressions and antics of the eleven different dinosaur children depicted here, and
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Blue Sky Press
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Jennifer Each book in this series uses just one pronoun (he or she) to refer to the dinosaurs. But, each book is different and in some they are girls and in so…moreEach book in this series uses just one pronoun (he or she) to refer to the dinosaurs. But, each book is different and in some they are girls and in some they are boys. Yes, this particular book is all boys.(less)
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Bionic Jean
How do dinosaurs say good night? is a cute picture book to share with very young children. Written by Jane Yolen, and illustrated with great humour by Mark Teague, it was published in 2000 as one in a series of “How do dinosaurs …” books. All the books depict situations familiar to every young child: how to eat their food, play with their friends, clean their room, stay safe, learn to read, and so on. There are 23 such books so far, each describing a specific scenario.

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Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, childrens
One of those books that --when your child wants you to read it for the 171st night in a row, with fervor? You don't mind one bit. ...more
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 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
The illustrations of dinosaurs in bedroom settings are really well done. There is a playfulness to the art that my kids really enjoyed.
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) 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
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Dinosaur Lovers
I don't know why it's taken me so long to try this first "How Do Dinosaurs..." book from author Jane Yolen and illustrator Mark Teague, but I'm glad that our July dinosaur theme, over in the Picture-Book Club to which I belong prompted me to give it a chance, as How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight is an absolute delight! With a rhyming text that just begs to be read aloud - "How does a dinosaur say goodnight, when Papa comes in to turn off the light? Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout? Does he th ...more
Luisa Knight
Do dinosaurs mope and shout when bedtime rolls around? Nope, they're well behaved.

Ages: 3 - 6

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May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the illustrations and that the dinosaur species were creatively labeled. I appreciated the representation of racially diverse parents.
Jaimie Morris
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Day two of Hannah's picture book challenge - a book to read before bed.

Children will laugh out loud with this book, they see a young dinosaurs behaving very badly, then coming around and doing it right. Although don’t even bother checking this out if you’re worried about your kids learning bad bedtime manners!
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it

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!

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Cara Stone
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful book, perfect for bedtime. I particularly loved the rhyming structure, and the illustrations were perfect. Not only did they convey emotion, they also portrayed parents diversely.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome. Id like to get the other books in this series also. My boys love it.
Zoe's Human
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely wonderful rhyming story about bedtime. The art, the humor, and the story are all delightful. Great fun to read aloud and has a wonderful invite for roaring in the middle!

Themes: bedtime, dinosaurs, manners
Ages: 3 to 8
Annalise Nakoneczny
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
The illustrations are just SO GOOD
Caleb S
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is some quality literature right here
May 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
What I really enjoyed about this book wasn't so much the story (which is fun, though nothing indepth) but the fact that each illustration has a dinosaur labeled with its saurian name! I think this is a great way to introduce children to the various types of dinos and familiarize them with their fantastic names. ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Listened to the french version on audiobook, just to get a little practice in. It's so cute! ...more
Kelly Santamaria
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of many books in the “How Do Dinosaurs” series. It begins by showing each dinosaur as a child to human parents in their bedroom, doing things they should not. The first half of the book consists of the dinosaurs acting silly or throwing tantrums. The second half of the book is followed up with the correct and expected actions. The book is written in rhyme and has excellent illustrations!

“Illustration in picture books is meant to delight, to capture attention, to tell a story or teac
Ashley Eckard
Jan 13, 2020 added it
Shelves: week-2
This book can be either text-to-world or text-to-teaching connection: I'll do text-to-world connection:

This book is a great way to open the eyes of children on how to act for when they are having to go to bed. "Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout"? No, they don't. This can show children okay it is not okay to slam stuff down or even myself and it is not okay to pout. At the end of the book, the dinosaurs give kisses, hugs, and read books for bedtime. This teaches children all over the world h
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
So CUTE!! I have to do a report on a children's book and I'm so glad I got this one. The pictures are adorable and so nicely drawn. As an artist, I'm incredibly jealous of the art style. Also, it was only by the end that I realized the dinosaurs were a metaphor for kids, haha!! ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
very cute and helpful with bedtime.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a family favorite.
Karli Becker
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super cute! My daughter's current favorite ...more
Gretchen Oates
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great bedtime story and for teaching bedtime routines.
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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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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