A fun celebration of kids being kids that also fosters good bedtime habits; what’s not to like? (Board book. 2-5)


After a full day of play, even dinosaurs can benefit from a healthy bedtime routine.

A houseful of rambunctious young dinosaurs wish they could extend their playtime ’round the clock, a notion that this book’s toddler audience will have doubtless shared from time to time. “Star light, star bright, / even dinosaurs say goodnight. // They wish they may, they wish they might, / get to stay and play all night.” Three raucous, double-page scenes follow, with boisterous dinos bashing a drum, blatting on a trumpet, twanging a guitar, dancing, clomping, and jumping on beds, with every intention of “making noise the whole night through.” The artwork is charming—the brightly colored dinosaurs (all different types) are gleeful, energetic, and expressive, and to all appearances, they are having an absolutely splendid time. When the dinosaur kids cut loose in the conventionally homey setting of their room, it feels like a tamer version of Maurice Sendak’s wild rumpus, sans jungle or island. This book is about more than rumpusing, however. “Even dinosaurs say goodnight. / When it’s time, they do what’s right.” “What’s right” includes brushing one’s teeth, washing one’s face, picking up one’s toys, and climbing into a comfortable bed for a peaceful night’s rest. After all, these dinos will have a big day of loud, lively play ahead of them tomorrow. The same crew of dinos contends with being confined indoors in Rain, Rain, Go Away, the Dinosaurs All Want to Play.

A fun celebration of kids being kids that also fosters good bedtime habits; what’s not to like? (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Feb. 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4867-1557-2

Page Count: 20

Publisher: Flowerpot Press

Review Posted Online: Feb. 17, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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Young dino fans will enjoy it, though their grown-ups may not.


From the My First Touch and Feel Sound Book series

What sounds did dinosaurs make? We don't really know.

Litton suggests some possibilities while introducing sophisticated vocabulary in a board-book format. Five dinosaurs are featured: Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyl, Diplodocus, and Triceratops. For each species there is a brief description that highlights its distinctive features, followed by an invitation to hear and repeat the dinosaur's sound. There is no explanation for why scientists think T. Rex “roared,” Stegosaurus “howled,” Pterodactyl “screeched,” Diplodocus “growled,” or Triceratops “grunted.” The author tries to avoid sexism, carefully referring to two of the creatures as “she,” but those two are also described in stereotypically less-ferocious terms than the male dinos. The touch point on the Pterodactyl is a soft section of wing. Readers are told that Diplodocus “loved splashing in swamps,” and the instruction is to “tickle her tummy to hear her growl,” implying that this giant creature was gentle and friendly. None of this may matter to young paleontologists, who will enjoy finding the tactile section on each creature that triggers the sound. Despite extensive directions in small print, most parents and libraries won't bother to change the battery secured by a tiny hex screw, but while the battery lasts, the book will get lots of play.

Young dino fans will enjoy it, though their grown-ups may not. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-58925-207-3

Page Count: 12

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Aug. 5, 2015

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2016

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A snore for all but the most avid toddler paleontologists.


After busy days spent doing what dinos do, nine colorful dinosaurs happily bed down for the night protected by a loving adult dino.

Each sleepy dinosaur inhabits a fanciful environment, though it is unclear whether they are based on known information about where dinosaurs lived. There is nothing ferocious or threatening about these dinosaurs. Nor are they likely to excite young paleontologists, as the purpose of the book is to convince young children to go to sleep, just like each of the dinosaurs. The singsong-y verses don’t really work as poetry. Uneven meter makes for an awkward read-aloud experience, and forced rhymes (“Mom” and “calm”; “leaves” and “trees”) are a bit of a stretch. Similarly, touch-and-feel elements added to one of the dinosaurs on each spread feel arbitrary and are more distraction than successful additions. Even toddlers will wonder why only one of each set of dinosaurs has this tactile element. Each spread ends with a “Good night” followed by an alliterative nickname: “Dozing Diplos”; “Resting Raptors”; “Tiny Pteros”; “Snoozing Spinos.” This affectation will turn off adults with a low tolerance for cute and potentially confuse readers just beginning to learn dinosaur names.

A snore for all but the most avid toddler paleontologists. (Board book. 2-4)

Pub Date: March 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-680105-48-3

Page Count: 22

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: Feb. 3, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2018

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