Book Review: How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague (Illustrator)


The bestselling, award-winning team of Yolen and Teague are back with
another playful dinosaur tale–this time about a sick dinosaur child who
catches the flu and must go to the doctor.

What if a dinosaur catches the flu?
Does he whimper and whine between each “At-choo”?
Does he drop dirty tissues all over the floor?
Does he fling his medicine out of the door?

Just like kids, little dinosaurs hate being sick. And going to the
doctor can be pretty scary. How DO dinosaurs get well soon? They drink
lots of juice, and they get lots of rest; they’re good at the doctor’s,
’cause doctors know best.

As in their previous book, Yolen and
Teague capture children’s fears about being sick and put them to rest
with playful read-aloud verse and wonderfully amusing pictures.


Believe it or not, but I actually stumbled upon this book at the library.  I had never heard of the How Do Dinosaurs… series until I found the Get Well Soon book just minding its own business on a quiet shelf.

It sounded intriguing, so I checked it out and read it to my kids.  Well, I thought that I had just made the greatest discovery in children’s books!  This was brilliant!  I thought, there should be more of these dinosaur books.  They are funny, insightful, and teach good behavior all in rhyming prose.  The illustrations were detailed and humorous.  This should be a series!

Turns out, it is.  There are oodles of these How Do Dinosaurs…? books out there, and the brand is getting better known every day.  Jane Yolen and Mark Teague make a fantastic pair when it comes to children’s picture books. 

The text is fun to read.  You will never miss a beat as you read Yolen’s flawless rhyming and rhythm.  It also gives you the opportunity to sneak in behavioral lessons to your child, all in the name of entertainment.  The best part is, it comes across as reassuring, not preachy.

The illustrations stick life-sized dinosaurs into kid-sized situations, making for lots of laughs from both you and your child. 

Some of the other dinosaur books I’ve read and enjoyed are:

Clicking on the book cover will take you to Amazon. 

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    November 10, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Love your review for this book! Sounds like a great read. Found your blog via the Picture Book Month website. I also blog a children's book blog. It's: Feel free to check it out if you'd like. Happy picture book month!

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    November 11, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    You have not heard about this series!? I've always seen it around. It's kind of famous in the picture book world. At least for me 😛
    I didn't know Yolen wrote it! Of course it's popular (:
    She’s Got Books on Her Mind

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    November 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I know, it's crazy that I had never heard of these books, especially since they are so well known and I read dozens of picture books every week. I am so glad I made this "discovery"!

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