Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

How Do Dinosaurs Go Up and Down

How Do Dinosaurs Go Up and Down

Jane Yolen
Illustrator:   Mark Teague 
Novelty Board Book  Series
For ages 2 to 4
Scholastic, 2011   ISBN: 978-0545279420

Young children and dinosaurs often enjoy doing the opposite of what they are asked to do. When they are asked to smile for the camera, they frown instead. When they are told to sit down, they stand. That is just how it is sometimes.

In this clever and amusing novelty book Jane Yolen, Mark Teague, and their young dinosaur characters look at some of the opposites that young dinosaurs (and children) might encounter in their lives. The give us examples of opposites that children can identify with, such as a clean room versus a messy one, and a dinosaur who is loud when he should be quiet.

Using their delightful dinosaur characters and an amusing rhyming text, Jane Yolen and Mark Teague not only explore everyday opposites, but they also use humor to help young children better understand what is and what is not acceptable behavior. Children are sure to enjoy opening up the “dino-sized flaps” that can be found on every double page spread.