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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?

Fall 2009 Picture Books
Ages: Infant - 4 yrs.
Author: Jane Yolen
Illustrator: Mark Teague
ISBN: 9780545143141
Hardcover Price: $16.99
They've said good night, they've gotten well, they've eaten their food, and they've gone to school, they've counted to ten and cleaned their rooms and learned their colors and played with their friends, and now the dinos are feeling the love...and revealing it as well. Jane Yolen's text romps along as exuberantly as the oversized child/reptiles it chronicles. "You moped through your nap time and slept not a wink. / You flooded the house when you played in the sink. / But you got out the mop and then cleaned up the floor! / I love you so much, little dinosaur." Mark Teague's high-gloss color-saturated illustrations, as usual, barely (and rarely) manage to contain the good-natured havoc as the dinos careen from bad to good and back again. All in all, this is another jolly addition to a popular series. How do kids say, "I Love You Dinosaurs?" By reading this book.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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