HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY HAPPY CHANUKAH?
Illustrated by Mark Teague
The Blue Sky Press, 2012
..and read the companion book, HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS?
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah and How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas were featured in USA Today on Thursday, November 29 in a holiday round-up:
“[A] mischievous series…The series’ star attractions are Teague’s colorful and playful dinosaurs, not to be found in any museum.”
What reviewers have said:
- “I think there is something really funny about dinosaurs and Christmas and Chanukah. Instead of sneaking down the stairs to look at presents, ripping off wrapping paper, and ravaging plates of cookies, these extinct monsters go caroling, help trim the tree and go to bed when they’re told. Instead of blowing out the menorah candles, grabbing all the gelt or hoard the dreidels, dinosaurs sing prayers, eat latkes and help clear the table, gives his grandparents holiday wishes. Who knew? If you want to teach your little monsters how to behave over the holidays, this book might be for you.”—Huffington Post
- “Yolen and Teague’s mischievous dinos (How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? among many others) tackle holiday traditions and observances. Both books first depict the dinosaurs (with their human parents) modeling bad behavior. Chanukah shows the creatures peeking at presents, blowing out candles, and hoarding dreidels. Christmas finds the dinos un-decorating the tree, licking candy canes, and feasting on Santa’s cookies. By mid-book, in each case, the dinosaurs have settled down to demonstrate proper decorum. Bouncy rhymes and humorous illustrations— the images of vivacious large-scale dinosaurs alongside the staid, rather Rockwellian humans are consistently funny—combine to make welcome entries in Yolen and Teague’s Dinosaurs series and in holiday book collections.”–Horn Book
- “Yolen and Teague’s rascally dinosaurs bring their mischief to the titular holiday, illustrating the many ways it is recognized and celebrated by similarly behaving children in American Jewish households.”–Kirkus
- “Those mischievous dinosaurs from the best-selling “How Do Dinosaurs?” series are back with two comical holiday-themed books: “How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?” and “How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas.” Author Jane Yolen and illustrator Mark Teague have a blast playing up the humor inherent in the contrast between huge dinosaurs and their toddler-like behavior as they explore aspects of each holiday.—Scripps-Howard News Service
- “Yolen and Teague score a winner with this playful Chanukah story brought to life with bright and engaging illustrations. –Publishers Weekly
- “Hilarious!” San Francisco Chronicle
- “Surely (the dinosaurs) don’t snatch away dreidels. . .No, of course they do not, but they do have a marvelous time as dreidels tumble and gelt melts. . .”–Hadassah Magazine