By Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
This book takes a look at several human families and their dinosaur “children”. Any parent can relate to the grumpy dinos, messy dinos, and most important, the loving dinos for whom they care so much. The message? In spite of the crazy things that kids do, the moments that they show their love and cuteness makes up for all of that.
This book is a great example of personification and characterization as well as determining author’s purpose. Middle and high schoolers can determine: why did the author decide to use dinosaurs? What effect does it have on the story? The illustrations? What is more comical about watching dinosaurs get up on the wrong side of the bed than a human child doing the same thing?
This is the 9th book in the “How Do Dinosaurs…?” series. Though wildly popular, this book has not earned any critical acclaim, but positive reviews.