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That's What Dinosaurs Do Hardcover – Picture Book, May 21, 2019
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From The Bad Seed and The Good Egg creators, Jory John and Pete Oswald, comes a story about a dinosaur who loves to ROAR.
William the dinosaur likes to roar.
At the park?“ROAR.”
At the bus stop?“ROAR!”
At the farm? You bet. ROARRR!
William never lets the chance to roar pass him by, even if others find it rather bothersome.
That's until William gets a sore throat and the doctor warns him not to roar for a WHOLE week. But can this overexcited, boisterous, giant lizard not do what dinosaurs are meant to do?!
In his humorous and insightful style, Jory John creates an epic story about unapologetically and happily being yourself, no matter the cost. Another side-splitting combination of John’s brilliant text and Pete Oswald’s expressive and lively illustrations, That’s What Dinosaurs Do is a read-aloud that young readers will roar for again and again.
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“A recommended read-aloud.” -- School Library Journal
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (May 21, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006234319X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062343192
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 13.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 10.3 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nothing about this book indicates that it is intended to be satirical. Nor does it try to teach virtue through a bad example. Even though some children may walk away from this story with the newfound knowledge that blindly following your instincts is an absolutely terrible idea, this book does not offer any resolution or moral message to indicate that you shouldn't act like this dinosaur. I find it highly doubtful that the author intended to teach anything through this story, but if he did, he should have presented it in a manner that would invite a less literal reading.
I might be able to explain this book away if a novice had written it, but Jory John is a well-respected, bestselling picture book author who ought to know better. I cannot imagine why he would encourage toddlers and preschoolers to wantonly embrace their most destructive, antisocial tendencies. Even though picture books and conventional advice mantras are often full of half-baked and unwise ideas, I have never seen anyone actually tell a child, "Do whatever comes naturally to you, even if it harms you and is cruel to everyone else." Apparently, that's because most people aren't as brave and forward-thinking as Jory John.
I have no idea why he wrote this, or why a publishing company would have so little respect for their bottom line or their target market that they would pick up such a useless piece of garbage, but sometimes we have to live with enigmas like this. I guess it's time to move on and stop overthinking a thirty-two page book.
The premise is that there is a dragon who loves to roar at people (and the people obviously hate it) but gets a sore throat and has to not roar for a week and all the people are happy that they finally get a break from this obnoxious dinosaur. But once the dinosaur’s sore throat goes away, he commences roaring at people again and when they ask him why he does it he says “because that’s what dinosaurs do!” There is a very nice bus driver that tells the dinosaur to have a great day and the dinosaur starts by smiling back, but then can’t control himself and roars in the bus drivers face to which the driver says, “geez! What was that for?” And the story answers that question by saying “that’s what dinosaurs do!” In another part of the book, it talks about how dinosaurs hate to wait (he has to wait for the bus), so he responds by roaring at the children and adults waiting there. Um... what?!
The book ends by the people protesting at his house and asking that he stop terrifying them and roaring at them, but the book ends with the line- “that’s what dinosaurs do!” Yikes! I want my kids to be empathetic, selfless, and compassionate - the complete opposite of the traits this book is trying to promote!
This book teaches selfishness (a very “be yourself” attitude even if it harms or scares others), impatience, a lack of self-discipline, etc.
Just this morning my son complained I was taking too long clearing off the table so he could play a game there and told me “I hate to wait! Just like dinosaurs!” I cringed inside. This book is a really bad influence if you are trying to instill good character traits in your children!