Book Buzz: How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?
written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague
Ages 4-7, The Blue Sky Press / Scholastic
With school now in full swing, it’s time to take a look at a typical lower elementary school class at the beginning of the school year. However, this class includes giant dinosaurs!
Award winners and legendary dinosaur book team Jane Yolen and Mark Teague created a wonderful series of books just right for preschool and elementary school age kids. Their whimsical take on kids (secretly cast as dinosaurs) is compelling and educational as well.
Yolen’s poetry asks a question on most of the pages regarding how a dinosaur behaves at school. As you would expect, dinosaurs aren’t the most cultured of creatures. And, as you might also guess, neither are kids just starting school. The story romps through several everyday occurrences that most kids experience when they are in a classroom for the first time.
However, the contrast between huge dinosaurs sitting at tiny desks with kids is just downright funny! Teague’s characters, both the human kids and the multi-species of dinosaurs, are hilarious when each page describes the ridiculous goings on of a lower elementary classroom. The illustrations are a laugh-out-loud kind of funny. With long necks and tails, the pages are so well designed that one has to spend a few minutes just taking in all the detail and expressions on the characters’ faces.
The dinosaur books are so popular that there are at least half dozen in the series. The fun continues when the dinosaurs experience what young children do as they become old enough to clean their rooms, learn to count to ten or how to stay healthy. The series would be a fun literary adventure to explore with your youngsters as they learn the basics of good behavior.