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Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner Hardcover – Picture Book, April 28, 2015

4.7 out of 5 stars 129 ratings

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PreS-K—Through a string of comedic encounters with several animals, from a dinosaur to a bison, a brown-skinned boy gets ready for bed, often with disastrous results. After cautioning readers not to do such things as "use a tiger as a towel" or "share your toothbrush with a shark," the story determines that, instead of a herd of wild animals, children should "stick to ONE teddy" at bedtime, along with a "flock of sheep," which are pictured in the boy's dreams. With plenty of slapstick, this humorous picture book is sure to elicit laugher from children, who will delight in the silly antics of the animals and the poor child who has to endure them all. While the boy crosses paths with some dangerous and ferocious beasts, the characters are drawn in a cartoonlike, comical style, which makes them appear appropriately buffoonish rather than scary. Unfortunately, the story is marred by a handful of awkward rhymes, such as "And build a great big beaver dam, and/fill that whole thing up with salmon" and "Because the first thing that you'll learn'll/Be a barn owl is nocturnal." VERDICT Despite some stylistic problems, the amusing concept and expressive, brightly colored illustrations are enough to make this an enjoyable and funny read for little ones at bedtime.—Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY

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Praise for GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE (written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees)"Parker-Rees's kicky depictions of slightly anthropomorphic animals boogying on the dance floor are the highlight here. His watercolor and pen-and-ink artwork exudes a fun, party vibe." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLYPraise for DINOSAURUMPUS! (written by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees)"Perfect for bedtime reading.... It's sure to be a big hit at story hours, too; expect young listeners to jump up and add their own wriggles and shakes to the dinosaur party." --BOOKLIST"From the swoop and 'Eeeeeek!' of the pteranodon ... to the high-kicking 'Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!' of the T. rex, each animal presents a fine opportunity for vocal and physical silliness that will be welcome wherever blood-stirring activity is needed. The colorful, eye-popping illustrations are sure to entice." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL


Praise for GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE (written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees)"Parker-Rees's kicky depictions of slightly anthropomorphic animals boogying on the dance floor are the highlight here. His watercolor and pen-and-ink artwork exudes a fun, party vibe." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLYPraise for DINOSAURUMPUS! (written by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees)"Perfect for bedtime reading.... It's sure to be a big hit at story hours, too; expect young listeners to jump up and add their own wriggles and shakes to the dinosaur party." --BOOKLIST"From the swoop and 'Eeeeeek!' of the pteranodon ... to the high-kicking 'Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!' of the T. rex, each animal presents a fine opportunity for vocal and physical silliness that will be welcome wherever blood-stirring activity is needed. The colorful, eye-popping illustrations are sure to entice." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scholastic Press (April 28, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0545812968
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0545812962
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 - 5 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.2 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12 x 0.25 x 12 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 129 ratings

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My picture book writing grew out of the games and stories I play with my four children, but I also make comedy for TV and radio including Upstart Crow, That Mitchell and Webb Look and Still Open All Hours. I'm on Twitter as @GarethMammal

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I am a grandma who likes to add new books to my library from time to time. The grand kids love finding new books among the familiar favorites. This is one they enjoy. The pictures are fun and attractive. The thing I like the best it that it includes several words that stretch or reinforce their vocabulary: ferocious, atrocious, rude, bison, nocturnal. This is a rhyming book and some of the rhymes are forced, but I can forgive that because of other good qualities.
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