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How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

(How Do Dinosaurs...?)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  10,306 ratings  ·  272 reviews
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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Josh Caporale
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is definitely a clever way to teach its target audience about proper table manners. I like the use of the dinosaurs, which not only attract the children, but take the place of the children in these particular situations. I also like the examples that are given when it comes to beginning with how NOT to eat your food and then give the proper examples of how manners should be practiced. I think this is a good teaching tool for the 3-7 age range and I think kids will get a kick out of this!
Mar 27, 2012 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
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Read this one to the kids I work with. They all really enjoyed it, as did I. It's a book about manners but makes it fun. The kids loved seeing the dinosaurs doing unmannerly things but understood that that wasn't what you were supposed to do. They were really big on the please and thank you part. Very fun book. ...more
Barbara N. Hernandez
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: week-2
Text-to-Teaching Connection:

I hate to admit it, but this would most definitely be a perfect book to read to my K1 class. They have had a very difficult time in the lunchroom and could use the gentle reminder on what the expectations are of them in the lunchroom. All the impolite behaviors described in the book are what I am currently dealing with so I would more than likely read this book about half and hour before lunch as a read aloud, so we could read the book and then discuss the different b
Samantha Sheeran
Feb 09, 2012 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.
Rory Scott Douglas
Oct 31, 2013 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
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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
Mar 27, 2008 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
Jul 05, 2013 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 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-books
Kids love dinosaurs :)
One of the better series out there today in children's literature. One of the main reasons I love this series is because after you have read the book with your little one, you can start all over again and search for the dinosaur NAMES on each page! The names are written in tiny script wherever there is a new dinosaur! Very cool. There is also a full illustration with names in the beginning and the end of the books too.

The illustrations are great with various colors for each dinosaur and details
Sara Stelmach
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food” by Jane Yolen is a rhythmic picture book about breaking the stereotypes of how dinosaurs eat their food. It starts by depicting all the imaginative rude and impolite ways one would think a dinosaur would eat. However, in the end, the book surprisingly describes a polite and mannerly way the dinosaurs actually eat. This is a wonderfully illustrated story with elaborate drawings of different dinosaurs all with their scientific name somewhere on the page. The draw ...more
Jamie Jessup
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: how-do-dinos
Oh man, do I wish this book had been out when my brother was a young kid. He used to take his entire unfinished plate and throw it like a frisbee onto the floor (we had to eventually buy plates with suction cups on the bottom). Learning table manners is such an important part of growing up and I know for a lot of kids that it can be tough to remember. I would read this book aloud to the class and then ask them to try some of the table manners talked about in the book during lunch. After lunch I ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
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Francesca Merkel
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is a very creative way to help students understand table manners as they work through the story. By reading this picture book, children will now understand what polite table manners are and how they can demonstrate them. I also thought it was interesting that the reader would assume dinosaurs are impolite, messy eaters but the author uses them to show polite table manners instead. This story is very easy to follow for children which makes it very enjoyable. The illustrations included i ...more
Ali Book&Seaglasshunter
May 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pb-read-2020
This was my second time trying a book from this series and I’m just not a fan. First, I hate the focus on the “negative” behaviors of the children. Some of them are things my kids have never done, some of them are kind of age appropriate depending on what age the child you’re reading them to is, and some don’t fit my parenting style or advice I’ve received from actual dietitians about healthy eating habits (such as the forced try it bite rule). My kid was disturbed by the kids “turning into dino ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious book questioning how dinosaurs eat their (human) food! I enjoyed how at the start of the book, it seemed like the dinosaurs were not good at eating their food with manners; there were a variety of silly illustrations depicting the dinosaurs eating. At the end it turned out that the dinosaurs actually had very nice manners and knew how to eat without making a mess. I am excited to read this book during story time, I expect a lot of giggles from the children!

TO READ: During Toddler Ti
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
How do Dinosaurs eat their food? Do they spit half eaten broccoli on the floor? Do they fidget in the chair, or throw spaghetti in the air? No! A dinosaur says Please and Thank You and sits very still. He makes no loud noises, that isn't polite and he always tries new things, even just one bite.

This would be a good book for a unit on the food pyramid or My Plate.

It would also be good for a dinosaur unit as each dinosaur that appears has their scientific name in the picture with them.

It would als
This picture book in verse models good (and terrible) table manners by using dinosaurs in place of well-behaved (and unruly) children. Sometimes kids are very much like dinosaurs. UNCOUTH. WILD. ENORMOUS. DESTRUCTIVE. RUDE. This went over well in storytime - the kids thought the dinosaurs were funny and did super gross things with their food. Much appreciated. The expressions of disapproval, shock and disgust on the adult humans' faces in this book are spot on and funny when you can observe them ...more
Suzanne Kunz Williams
I'm loving this whole series of "How Do Dinosaurs . . . " I love the bad examples and the good examples. I think we can learn just as much from a bad example as from a good one. This author knows children well. So many children LOVE dinosaurs. Pairing good manners with dinosaurs is the perfect pairing!

**Talking Points - Why should a person have good manners? Why should a person treat others in a nice and loving way? How do you feel about those who don't behave in kind and loving ways?
Classroom #9
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This dinosaur book has hilarious illustrations to resemble our giant reptile friends. The idea of this story is to teach children how they should behave at a dinner table. The book starts out with impolite gestures to do at a dinner table such as burping, belching, and throwing food on the floor. Then by the second half of the book our dinosaur friends demonstrate polite gestures to do at a table such as using words like "please" and "thank you". It takes an interest on what dinosaurs are doing ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prospect of having a protoceratops come over for dinner or of joining a quetzalcoatlus for a fancy restaurant meal is sure to amuse young readers. Playful dinosaurs populate this clever tale that’s guaranteed to keep young readers laughing at the dinosaurs’ mischievous table manners.

Colorfully illustrated with the dinosaurs all but leaping from the page, this is a book guaranteed to please young dinosaur-lovers.

Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Have you ever thought about being thought good table manners by dinosaurs? Well, this book is in it just for that. This is has a primary objective to be an educational tool than to be super fun, but I would consider it a good past time nevertheless. The nice illustrations by Teague help to alleviate the lesson as something that perhaps would have been a morose subject. Not impressive, just nice enough.
Jessica Buchanan
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book because it is extremely important that the children get the right amount of nutrients and should know the benefits of eating healthy. Even though in the book the dinosaurs misbehave and throw giant tantrums, in the end they learn the importance of eating healthy. To try and help with this in my classroom, I would ask the children who they look up to and then tell them how it's important to eat healthy so you can grow big and strong just like them. ...more
Ms. Martin
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is such a great book for both in and out of the classroom that goes over what not to do and what to do when eating - how there are manners and what is expected. The kids love seeing all the "bad" ways to do something and coming up with ways that they should do it instead. It's a great reminder of good manners and how to act. ...more
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, homeschooling
Confession time: This is actually my favorite book in this series. I've been using it in storytimes about dinosaurs for years, and picking it up again in order to read it to my homeschooling kids was fun. The kids liked it, too, although I think they thought that the badly behaved dinosaurs were the ones they want to emulate! lol ...more
Paige Claycamp
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: el-230
I chose this book due to needing a book that talks about manners in a fun way, but in a way that my students would understand the meaning and the point of the book. This book was a very silly book that many students loved reading, talking about how certain dinosaurs eat their food. Its a great read aloud silly book, to help teach your students about having table manners.
Maggie Kasparek
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el-230
I chose this book because I remember reading this in preschool. I remember that we used this book to teach us manners and how to properly sit at a table and use table manners. This is a great book to teach about table manners with fictional characters. This is a fun book to teach about some really important things but in a non-threatening way.
CMReichard Family
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How Do Dinosaurs books are a fun series of books for your dinosaur loving young reader. The rhyming text, variety of dinosaurs, and the classic illustration of the parents make this a fun book to read. Quite a few of these books have had my husband and I laughing out loud or remembering a time the exact same thing has happened in our home.
Caitlin Wilson
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
review: This book helps children with eating their food because every child has had trouble some point in their life. Just like children the Dinosaur has a hard time learning manners as well, but learn from mom and dad the manners.
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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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