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HOW DO DINOSAURS GO TO SCHOOL? by Jane Yolen

HOW DO DINOSAURS GO TO SCHOOL?

By Jane Yolen (Author) , Mark Teague (Illustrator)

Age Range: 2 - 7

Pub Date: July 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-439-02081-7
Publisher: Blue Sky/Scholastic

Off to school with our prehistoric pals from the popular How Do Dinosaurs . . .? series, in which familiar scenes are made riotous by the scale-skewing enormity of elementary school–student dinos. As silvasaurus rushes out the door, his human mom proffers a teeny-tiny (but life-sized to Homo sapiens) brown-bag lunch and thermos. Centrosaurus can’t fit in the carpool vehicle (license plate DINOCAR), so he rides on the roof. And when Herrerasaurus loses his tooth in class, he can’t help but let out a celebratory yell, and all his similarly gap-toothed schoolmates share his excitement. Once again, what readers can’t see in Teague’s positively pop-off-the-page paintings (tails and toes that are just too long to fit, for example) is just as important as what they can. Perfect partners for Yolen’s easy rhymes, they extend the text with those oh-so-appreciated labels, plenty of wit and a well-placed wink or two. The standard-sized schoolyard and show-and-tell provide plenty of opportunities for giant lizards to be acrobatic, misbehave and generally cause a ruckus, but each of these dinosaurs earns top marks and works well with others. (Picture book. 2-7)