Sunday, 11 December 2011

How Do Dinosaurs...? by Jane Yolen

Yesterday's library visit was quite successful, in that A got roped into the craft session, and made her Granny a lovely Christmas card, there were a fair few Christmas books I hadn't seen, and I found How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen. I bought How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? with some Waterstones vouchers A had for her 2nd birthday, and it's been a family favourite for years.

The illustrations are 1950s style humans with appropriate looking dinosaurs. The question is posed at the beginning about how dinosaurs go about daily tasks. The first half asks whether they do it in an inappropriate manner ("How do dinosaurs eat their food? Does he burp, does he belch, or make noises quite rude?) The second half says that no, indeed, dinosaurs are the very epitome of polite behaviour. They rhyme and are extremely satisfying to read; with ample opportunity for some ham acting! We were not disappointed by the Goodnight version, it was just as good as we expected it to be. A series which will be loved by toddlers upwards.

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