A big green and yellow patterned dinosaur prancing down the street with two people in its grasp and a dog jumping at it isn’t what most people think of when they think of the covers for picture books. But that’s exactly what you will get here with Mark Teague doing the illustrating. Together with Jane Yolen, the two have created an imaginative series that features—what else?—dinosaurs! Beginning with their book that asks children questions about just how dinosaurs go to school, the series has evolved into all sorts of situations that one might wonder just how a dinosaur would handle it.
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? takes a simple idea and expounds upon it, asking children questions about all the different ways a dinosaur might let someone know that he loves them. The dinosaurs take the place of children, fussing over food or playing in overflowing sinks; getting into the same situations a regular child might, and then realizing that even after all that, parents still love them. The dinosaurs make it a funnier scenario. The idea of a dinosaur flicking away a box of cereal while a very surprised mother sits nearby will make kids laugh and eagerly turn the page to find out what other nonsense is in store for them. Even after being a bit naughty, dinosaurs are forgiven and reminded that they are loved.
It is a lesson that every child should already know by heart. Just like in How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?, kids will realize that even after some of their grumpy days and bossy moods, moms and dads still care for them, and with plenty of hugs and kisses, everything can be all right again. Mark Teague and Jane Yolen render some neat looking dinosaurs in all sorts of situations. Once children have finished reading and gleaned some information, the next thing they ask will probably have to do with dinosaurs. How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? is bound to be a classic just like its predecessors. Great for reading at any time of the day.