Dinosaur Dinosaur

By Kevin Lewis
Illustrated by Daniel Kirk
Scholastic/Orchard, 2006
Dinosaur Dinosaur


Book Description
A young dinosaur wakes up in the morning and gets ready for a day of fun, hanging out with his dinosaur friends, kicking a soccer ball and jumping rope.  The book follows the little dinosaurs through the course of their day, until the sun goes down, and it’s time to go inside.  Dinner, a bath, prayers and a bedtime story wrap up a busy youngster’s day.

Daniel Kirk and Kevin Lewis have taken a classic jump rope rhyme and translated it into a world of prehistoric suburbia.  Jurassic life has never been so much fun!

Reviews of Dinosaur, Dinosaur

Review from Publishers Weekly
The dinosaur hero of this story may be little, but he’s got big things to do over the course of the day. After a “grumpy-lumpy” wake-up, a “yummy-tummy” breakfast, tenacious teeth brushing and getting dressed, he heads outside for nonstop play with his prehistoric pals until bath time and bedtime.  Still, the book zips along with the speed of a velociraptor, and the domestic scenes sport the kind of details that will likely tickle young readers’ fancies-they’ll note, among other things, that the family pet is a saber-tooth cat, and the hero’s favorite stuffed toy is a woolly mammoth. Ages 3-5.

Review from Children’s Literature – Beverley Fahey
Little dinosaur’s day is busy from sunup to sundown. He bounces from bed and enjoys a hearty bowl of Dino Puffs before racing outside to join his friends. Playing soccer and jumping rope he is a “jumpy-bumpy,” “busy-whizzy” dinosaur. When the stars come out, Mama calls her youngster home for “slurpy-burpy” spaghetti, a “bubbly-wubbly” bath, a bedtime story, and a kiss goodnight. The breezy text has catchy rhyming phrases that little ones will love to repeat. The illustrations of gouache and colored pencil are as energetic and bold as the little dinosaur and his pals. Clever details, such as the Dino Times newspaper, the dinosaur mobile over baby dino’s crib, and the stuffed wooly mammoth that our young dinosaur snuggles down with, will delight and amuse young listeners and their parents who read to them. Pair this with Jane Yolen’s series that includes How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food, and How to Dinosaurs Clean Their Room, among others. 2006, Scholastic, Ages 3 to 7.

Review from Kirkus Reviews
A young Tyrannosaurus rex awakes amid the jumble of tousled sheets and the clutter of toy trains, yo-yos and blocks. “Dinosaur, dinosaur, wake up with a roar! Grumpy-lumpy dinosaur, stomp across the floor!” But as he breakfasts at the tomato-red table with his mother and baby brother, things are slightly peculiar; the family cat is saber-toothed and the breakfast eggs are rather large. Once the morning process is complete, the young T. rex bursts out the door to greet the sun and his dinosaur friends. The day is filled with jump ropes, soccer balls and exultant mud stomping. As dusk descends, Mom, in her polka-dotted dress, ushers the reluctant dino-kid inside for dinner. Bath time is next and then a bedtime story as he snuggles with his plush wooly mammoth. Thus ends an idyllic day. The illustrations, in this exuberant rhyme, are so evocative they plunk the reader right into the midst of the carefree and magical summer days of childhood or, as in this case, dinosaurhood. If you have a fondness for dinosaurs, rousing words and zingy-bright pictures, then add this to your lap time reading list. (Picture book. 3-5)

Review from Booklist
PreS-Gr. 2. “Dinosaur, dinosaur, / run outside and play. / Busy-whizzy dinosaur, / all the livelong day!” Bouncy rhyme describes a dinosaur kid as he wakes, dresses, and plays outdoors with dinosaur friends, which he does with gusto, whether he’s jumping rope or playing soccer. Kirk’s gouache and colored pencil illustrations animate the rhymes and add clever details: Dino Puffs cereal, The Dinosaur Times newspaper, a fanged house cat, mastodon plush toy, and more. Far from being fierce or scary, these fun-loving dinosaur kids are decked out in sneakers, jeans, shirts, and ball caps, adding to their appeal. In addition to relating to the pictures, little listeners will quickly pick up the rhyming phrases, which have the syncopated beat of jump-rope rhymes. Julie Cummins

Things to think about and do, after you have read Dinosaur, Dinosaur
1.  Dinosaur, Dinosaur, is based on a jump rope rhyme.
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Find other jump rope rhymes at your library, or online, and imagine how they might be illustrated.  Which of the rhymes would make good books?  Do some of the rhymes tell a better story than other ones do?

2.  Look for other dinosaur books at your library.  There are two kinds of dinosaur books–one kind is nonfiction, that teaches you about real dinosaurs.  The other kind of book is fiction, and it puts dinosaur characters in places where they don’t belong, such as in a modern neighborhood!  In a fiction book the dinosaurs can talk, or wear clothes, or anything the author imagines.  In a nonfiction book, the author tries to remain accurate about the facts of his subject.  Which kind of dinosaur book do you prefer?

3.  Try drawing a dinosaur of your own.  If you had a friend who was a dinosaur, what kind of dinosaur would he or she be?  If you were a dinosaur, what kind of dinosaur would you be?  Or your mom or dad, or brother or sister?  Do you think the different kinds of dinosaurs would have different personalities?

4. Make a list of the things you have to do every day.  Which of the things you do are things a real dinosaur could do?  Which are things only a human being could do?   Then make a list of the things you think a real dinosaur would have done every day.  Which of those things are things that you do, too?

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