How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

I just had to post about this adorable book, which I found on my most recent trip to the library. I usually check out a stack of books each time I go, and some are better than others. This is one of my favorites, chosen because it reminds me so much of Mr. Boy at bedtime.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague asks what dinosaurs do at bedtime. At first we wonder if dinosaurs do naughty things, like stomping their feet on the floor or asking for yet another book (I wonder where we have gotten those notions from!).  The illustrations are colorful and humorous, with gigantic dinosaurs sprawled across small beds and giving their human mommies and daddies a hard time. The proper name of each dinosaur is worked into every illustration.  But are dinosaurs really bad at bedtime? At the end of the book we learn that dinosaurs do none of the naughty things we wondered about. Instead they are pleasant and agreeable, and very generous with hugs and kisses.

How many of us have tried to bribe our little ones into doing something by telling them that their role models do it too? “Firemen always eat their broccoli!” or “Truck drivers drink all of their milk” are statements that I may or may not have uttered to Mr. Boy.  That’s why this book made me chuckle–I think everyone can relate to it!

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? is just one in a series of “How Do Dinosaurs” books, and I am eager to check out some of the other titles. I may purchase this one for Mr. Boy’s birthday–it’s a definite classic and we all love to read it.

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