Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad!

How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad!

Fall 2013 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Author: Mark Teague
Author: Jane Yolen
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9780545143158
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Dinosaurs may get angry with their parents, but they know how to behave. They don't throw things, or slam doors, or yell, or pout (unlike certain children who may be reading this book). Like the other books in this toddler etiquette series, such as How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?, this one shows how children (I mean, dinosaurs) misbehave, and then suggests more acceptable behaviors. Like the others in the series, it is cleverly rhymed and appealingly illustrated, and captures a variety of troublesome childhood tendencies that young readers will recognize and giggle at. Learning how to deal with anger is a central preoccupation of many children's books written for this age range, and Yolen and Teague's newest book in their series is testament to a formula that works. Children and their parents will enjoy reading about this latest kind of trouble that dinosaurs can get themselves into-and, more importantly, out of.

Naomi Lesley   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.

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