Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

How Do Dinosaurs Laugh Out Loud?

How Do Dinosaurs Laugh Out Loud?

Jane Yolen
Illustrator:   Mark Teague 
Novelty Book  Series
For ages 3 to 5
Scholastic, 2010   ISBN: 978-0545236522

What makes a dinosaur laugh out loud? Does a dinosaur “howl” with laughter when a friend is “tripped up by a lace?” or does a dinosaur “throw a banana skin on the floor?” In short, does a dinosaur get his laughs at the expense of others?

We can only hope that a dinosaur finds other ways to enjoy a hoot or a giggle. Perhaps he gets a laugh when reading silly jokes or puns. With this book in hand, any young dinosaur can have a great “roar” of fun because every page is packed with jokes.

On each spread readers are asked questions like “What do you do if you find a dinosaur sleeping in your bed?” All readers need to do is to lift a cunning little flap to find out the answer. In this case the punchline is: “Be very, very quiet!”

With chuckle filled rhymes and deliciously silly and funny jokes, Jane Yolen gives her young audience a delightfully dinosaur filled book. As with the other How do dinosaurs…titles, Mark Teague’s illustrations perfectly compliment the text. Young dinosaur fans will find his colorful and expressive dino characters quite irresistible.