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How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad?

(How Do Dinosaurs...?)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  950 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Illustrations and rhyming text explore some of the things that dinosaurs might do when they are angry--and how they should control their tempers.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by The Blue Sky Press
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Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A special gift for Neo upon his graduation, Neo's kindergarten teacher might have been sending a subliminal message with this one. ;) Told in an interesting rhyme pattern, the story seeks to learn what a dinosaur might do if anger enveloped them. Ignoring parents and tossing toys... roaring and tantruming... before learning the importance of apologies. Neo thought that he never acted like these prehistoric beasts. If only he could see the horns and roars that he seems to develop at the drop of a ...more
Stephanie  Weatherly
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
My youngest absolutely loves this book. He brings it to me to read to him at least 3 times a night.
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic collaboration between Jane Yolen and Mark Teague in this perfect picture book collection for young readers. How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? shows children just how silly a dinosaur would look when they scream, throw a fit or pout. It’s not a far leap for parents to ask… “How silly do you think you look when you do that??" Probably just as silly as the dinosaur. A wonderful series that kids will want to read again and again. Love it!
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
We all get 'dino-rage' once in awhile...just remember to say your sorry and everything will work out in the end.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book probably has some of the funniest illustrations I've seen in a children's picture book. I may have found them more funny than my daughter did. This book shows dinosaurs (huge, HUGE dinosaurs) throwing tantrums in various household situations. That might sound off-putting at first, but it presents an opportunity for a child to view these behaviors in a non-emotional environment.

"Does he roar,
slam the door,
yell at Mom
or at Dad?"

- accompanies a huge albertos
This is another in the line of dinosaur books by Jane Yolen. Each one touches on a different thing that children are learning how to do and helps them to determine the best way to act in each situation. This most recent installment is about how to deal with the emotions of being mad. It is a great example of many of the ways children generally deal with anger, and helps them figure out how to better manage their feelings.
Megan Biter
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great piece of the How Do Dinosaurs series, this text focuses on social-emotional skills for children to learn through entertaining dinosaurs.
Lindsay Paige
These books are always good.
Brandy T
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: story-time

Emotions. How to deal with being angry.
Morgan Miller
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great illustrations with a meaning. The story teaches children how to obey and respect others.
Banner Rodgers
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A great book to teach children how to react to angering situations.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: toddlers, preschoolers
Shelves: read-to-babies, 2016
Toddlers as Dinosaurs? What an amazing idea! It's perfect.

The pictures in this book will capture your child's attention, and the outlandishly bad behavior of the dinosaurs that the two and three year old's you are reading to will instantly recognize as one of their own kind will leave an impression that will have them handing you this book to read to them again and again.

This book is part of a series of books that uses dinosaurs to help toddlers cope with things like bedtime and lea
Joannah Keats
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
How do YOU say you’re mad? Do you yell or slam the door? Do you kick things or give dirty looks? In this latest offering from dynamic duo Jane Yolen and Mark Teague, the beloved dinosaurs show readers many different ways that anger can be expressed (and often is, especially with younger children), but in an exaggerated fashion that makes it easy to see that certain behaviors are unacceptable. A sauropelta flings a mug at the poor cat because he can’t have any cookies. Albertosaurus bangs the be ...more
Deyanira Genao
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jane Yolen's book is a perfect one for very young readers learning to appropriately manage their anger. Using high-interest characters of various different dinosaurs, Yolen explores how dinosaurs, or metaphorical children, might respond negatively in situations where they do not get their way. Yet, at the end of the text, we see how dinosaurs really do react when they are angry-- by counting up to ten, breathing calmly and saying "I'm sorry." This text can be used in a variety of settings--at ho ...more
Sarah Wilbern
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Yolen, J. & Teague M. (2013). How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad? New York: The Blue Sky Press.
School Library Journal
Concept book - Emotion

This book was good. It showed a lot of differnt types of dinosaurs getting mad in different types of situations. The dinosaurs throw a fit when told to go to bed, or sit quietly, or no cookies. At the end of the book, it shows all the ways the dinosaurs can be good. They count to ten, have a time out, breathe calmy, they clean up their
If you haven’t ever read one of Jane Yolen’s dinosaur books…you need to! These are so great. And this is another in the series. I love how these books explain different situations where a toddler might want to throw a tantrum. But instead they show how silly dinosaurs look when being angry or whatnot. Then they show just what a good idea might be when feeling angry or upset.

Once again the text is fun. And the illustrations totally make this! There are so many great details in the bac
Drew Graham
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Everyone gets mad sometimes, and little dinosaurs are no exception. But how do they handle their anger? Will they make the right choice?

It's hard to believe that there are still How Do Dinosaurs books that we haven't read, but there you are. This one was fun and especially appropriate as kids get a little older and can choose a little more how to react when they're upset or ready to throw a tantrum. It didn't have quite the flow of text that I think some of the others have, and there
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my daughter's favorite books, and the one we are reading nightly. Sometimes we have some temper tantrum issues and I love that this book is teaching my kids more effective ways to manage their emotions when they get upset. On top of that, my daughter is really sounding out the words and actually reading now, and this is her favorite book to read to Mommy and Daddy. I love how her face lights up when she finishes a sentence- "I'm READING!!", that's what she says. Now because of thi ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This book doesn't exactly follow the format set up int he rest of the series. Yes, it starts with bad behavior and segues into good, but, in this case, even though she says that "No, they don't behave that way," it's clear they really did, since the good behavior happens after they leave their time out. The author even mentions picking up the cup the dinosaur threw at the cat. So while this book provided a good opportunity to discuss how to make things right after a blow up, it isn't exactly hon ...more
Kristin Carlson
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A silly book about ways to deal with being mad and what that looks like for an animal. The students will enjoy this book and be able to come up with funny things they can do when they are mad. This book allows the students to use their imagination and bring that out. The dinosaur did not respond to being mad in the ways that I thought he would he was very creative. The students will see the creativeness and can come up with ways they can personally say when they are mad. Using imagination is eng ...more
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A very sweet picture book that shows that overreaction, anger, and acting out are not good ways to handle anger. Things like kicking chairs, yelling, sticking tongues out are not helpful--they are mean. It also aims to teach children that parents love you, no matter how angry you get. This is a great choice for your child's bookshelf and is a funny and wonderful story you can enjoy again and again!
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would buy any book in this series for Mark Teague's illustrations alone. They are surprisingly funny for being so accurately rendered.

I would also buy any book in this series for Jane Yolen's writing alone. Her writing rises above the level of "books in rhyme" to the level of poetry. And this charmingly poetic book is an excellent reminder for dinosaurs, big or small, on how to keep one's temper and remain gracious.

Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Perfect book for reading to a group. The pictures are big with easy-to-pick-out details. Each dinosaur is labeled with what type it is (its "breed"), which is super cool. A good way to explore anger with kids and how to deal with it properly.
The Badger
Sep 07, 2016 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 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: emotion and feelings requests
How do dinosaurs act when their mad? Yolen portrays inappropriate behaviors and then has them count to ten, take a time out and breathe deeply to calm down. Not sure if I'll try this at story time or not, but it is a popular series.
Follows the formula of the other books in the series. Good artwork.
Suzanne Kunz Williams
Sometimes it's hard to have the tougher emotions like fear, sadness, anger. Sometimes it's even harder to see those same emotions in our children. Some people don't know how to deal with those emotions in themselves or in others. Don't you feel like there's a balancing act to let others know how we feel, and to do it in a kind and loving way? Don't you feel that we are forever learning how to do share our journey in a authentic way, yet a kinder and kinder way. It has to be so hard for some chil ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this edition of How Does a Dinosaur... the dinosaur is showing its anger by doing many of the things I see kiddos doing when they are angry. The book examines expected versus unexpected behaviors for showing you are mad. I would use this book with many children on my preschool caseload as they can relate to the explosive feelings the dinosaur experiences and ends with calming strategies that the children can practice while we read. The prose has an easy cadence and rhyme pattern that make for ...more
Diana Le
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this book, there are dinosaurs who are misbehaving because they are upset. Throughout the book, the dinosaurs are creating trouble for the family and destructing everything. Towards the end, the dinosaurs start to behave and become nicer. This is a great book to read to children because they show behaviors that we shouldn't do when we are upset and how to deal with the situation, if we do become upset.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm unimpressed by this series. I mean, I guess it's cute to see dinosaurs act like little kids, but there's not much thoughtfulness about what the behaviors described are, and in fact a lot of the time it seems like just straining for a rhyme, and in the end, they don't really have anything to say beyond "be good, rather than bad."
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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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