How Do Dinosaurs Show Good Manners?
by Yolen, Jane; Teague, Mark (ILT)

In rhyming text, naughty dinosaurs learn the importance of having good manners, saying "please" and "thank you," and never, ever making a mess.

Jane Yolen is the beloved author of more than 365 books for children and adults, including award-winning picture books, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition to two Nebula Awards and a National Book Award nomination, she has received a Golden Kite from SCBWI, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, and the California Young Reader Medal. Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? was an ALA Notable Book and a Christopher Medal winner. The book has gone on to become a widely popular bestselling series with over 15 million copies in print. She lives in Western Massachusetts.

Mark Teague is the internationally bestselling illustrator (and author) of more than 50 books for children. His numerous awards and honors include the Book Sense Book of the Year Award and the Christopher Medal. He has illustrated 12 full-size books and 11 board books in the widely successful How Do Dinosaurs...? series. He is the author of the popular Dear Mrs. LaRue, Firehouse!, and Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries. He lives in New York State.

A guide to better behavior‚?"at home, on the playground, in class, and in the library. Serving as a sort of overview for the series‚?? 12 previous exercises in behavior modeling, this latest outing opens with a set of badly behaving dinos, identified in an endpaper key and also inconspicuously in situ. Per series formula, these are paired to leading questions like ‚??Does she spit out her broccoli onto the floor? / Does he shout ‚??I hate meat loaf!‚?? while slamming the door?‚?Ě (Choruses of ‚??NO!‚?Ě from young audiences are welcome.) Midway through, the tone changes (‚??No, dinosaurs don‚??t‚?Ě), and good examples follow to the tune of positive declarative sentences: ‚??They wipe up the tables and vacuum the floors. / They share all the books and they never slam doors,‚?Ě etc. Teague‚??s customary, humongous prehistoric crew, all depicted in exact detail and with wildly flashy coloration, fill both their spreads and their human-scale scenes as their human parents‚?"no same-sex couples but some are racially mixed, and in one the man‚??s the cook‚?"join a similarly diverse set of sibs and other children in either disapprobation or approving smiles. All in all, it‚??s a well-tested mix of oblique and prescriptive approaches to proper behavior as well as a lighthearted way to play up the use of ‚??please,‚?Ě ‚??thank you,‚?Ě and even ‚??I‚??ll help when you‚??re hurt.‚?Ě Formulaic but not stale‚?¶even if it does mine previous topical material rather than expand it. (Picture book. 6-8) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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