November 12, 2012
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
I know its early to be talking about Christmas but I’m an early shopper. Not that I ever get done early but I do start early so that I can look for great books for the kids in my life. This year I’m especially interested in younger books because one special kindergartner on my list has a brand new baby sister. Oh, the books I will buy! Now, on to the review . . .
“On Christmas Eve, does a dinosaur sleep? Does he go up to bed without making a peep?”
Eventually, yes, but those of you who are familiar with Yolen and Teague’s dinosaur books know that we have to get past some seriously funny bad behavior first. From Gigantoraptor upending the Christmas tree to, my own personal favorite, Erythrosuchus sloppily licking each and every candy cane, we get to see what good dinosaurs do not do in terms of Merry Christmas behavior. Then of course, we get to how they do behave.
For me, half the fun is Teague’s amazing illustrations. I suspect Teague is a dog person and I love looking for the dogs that he slips into his art work — watching, waiting and occasionally letting out a merry yip.
As with all of the Dinosaurs books by Yolen and Teague, this one is short, weighing in at a light 148 words. That said, this book is a fantastically fun read aloud. If you are looking for a fun book to share with a young reader this holiday season, take a look at this one. Young dinosaur lovers adore the variety of creatures worked into the books by Teague and Yolen’s rollicking rhymes make them fun to read out loud.
Be sure to check out my post later in the week for another great gift book!