Reviews for How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
This series' mischievous dinos tackle holiday traditions and observances. First the dinosaurs (with human parents) model bad behavior: peeking at presents, hoarding dreidels ([cf2]Chanukah[cf1]); un-decorating the tree, eating Santa's cookies ([cf2]Christmas[cf1]). By mid-book the dinosaurs have settled down to demonstrate proper decorum. Bouncy rhymes and humorous illustrations combine to make these welcome entries in holiday book collections. [Review covers these two titles: [cf2]How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?[cf1] and [cf2]How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?[cf1].]

Kirkus Reviews 2012 September #1
Yolen and Teague extend their dinosaur franchise with this rollicking romp of rampaging dinosaurs up to their terrible tricks throughout the Christmas season. Using the familiar structure of naughty-then-nice behavior, the dinosaur crew rips open presents, knocks over decorated trees and dumps out filled stockings. When they get hungry, they eat all the Christmas cookies and lick all the candy canes. But in the calmer, concluding half, the well-behaved dinosaurs sing carols politely, help with the dishes and interact nicely with the grandparents. They even get to sleep in time for Santa's arrival. Young readers will delight in the initial wild antics, with the falling Christmas trees, flying ornaments and the brilliantly colored dinosaurs cavorting around the decorated living rooms in wild abandonment. The large trim size and double-page illustrations offer plenty of room to show off the dinosaurs in motion. Each dinosaur is identified within the illustrations as well as in humorous spot illustrations on the endpapers. What child wouldn't love to grab all the presents and lick all the candy canes one by one? Those naughty dinosaurs have the most fun, and their fans will be waiting to see what they get up to next. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 September #2

Continuing to follow the successful blueprint of the long-running How Do Dinosaurs books, Yolen and Teague pose the possibility of dinosaurs wreaking merry havoc on Christmas Eve. Uproarious hypotheticals--do dinosaurs rip open presents, "shake up the tree," or eat all the cookies left out for Santa?--give way to portraits of the dinos' angelic behavior in the second half. Yolen's characteristically wry verse is flawless in its rhyme and rhythm, and as in the earlier outings, the art's buttoned-up 1950s fashions and furnishings provide a comical visual contrast to the outlandish, brightly colored dinosaurs. Simultaneously available: How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? Up to age 4. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 October

PreS-Gr 2--Yolen and Teague add to their delightful dinosaur canon with this funny, gentle reminder of proper behavior for the most eagerly anticipated of holidays. As in previous titles, the dinosaurs have human parents and each one can be identified by the inclusion of its name in the illustrations. The 10 featured behemoths also adorn the endpapers. Enhancing the hilarity are the cats and dogs in the role of family pets bearing witness to the dinosaurs' antics-such as sneaking out of bed to peek, ripping open presents, deconstructing the tree, pre-licking candy canes, dumping out stockings, and eating Santa's cookies. Don't pass up this exuberant guide to achieving yuletide harmony.--Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library

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