Dinosaurs Don't Have Bedtimes!

Dinosaurs Don't Have Bedtimes! illus. by Nikki Dyson. 32p. Candlewick. Nov. 2016. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763689278.
PreS-Gr 1—Mo is a little boy who loves dinosaurs. Everything about him screams."dinosaur." He plays with toy dinosaurs. His clothes, towels, and pajamas are covered with pictures of dinosaurs. He even eats and acts like a dinosaur. Mo also has a vivid imagination and would rather play than do some of the things his mother would like him to do. Mo claims dinosaurs don't have dinnertime, bath time, or bedtime. He informs his mother that dinosaurs do not clean their claws or put toothpaste on their jaws. He likes to tell her how they hide in the jungle and don't play nice. His mother is very patient and gently guides him in the right direction. Even though he doesn't want to admit that he's hungry and sleepy, Mo does eat his dinner and gets ready for bed. This is a story that takes listeners inside Mo's imagination. Viewers see him as a little boy and as a silly dinosaur. The illustrations are large and colorful. The text is strategically placed so that the illustrations are the focal point. The dinosaurs and their foolish antics will delight young listeners. This book does provide some teachable lessons about the best way to act.
VERDICT A roaring good read-aloud for dinosaur lovers and parents who have little ones like Mo.

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