Perfect Picture Book Friday – How To Dress A Dinosaur PLUS A Giveaway!

Hi Everyone!

I’d like to start by apologizing for my absence lately, and for making you all wait so long for the results of the Valentiny Contest. I’m afraid a family medical situation has been demanding most of my time and, burn the candle at both ends as I might, I can’t seem to find time for everything. But I am making my way through the entries – wonderful, AMAZING entries, really! You guys all did such a good job! – enjoying every minute of reading, dreading having to narrow the field to 12, and I hope to have your results soon! Thank you all for your patience. I so appreciate it. You have been so kind about the wait!

Meanwhile, I have a treat for you today! A wonderful new book I know you’re going to love, plus a few words from the author and some wonderful activities she has provided, AND she’s offering a giveaway!!! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Wednesday March 9 at 9 PM Eastern and you’ll be in the running to be randomly selected to win a copy of today’s delightful book!

So let’s have a look, shall we?

Title: How To Dress A Dinosaur

Written By: Robin Currie

Illustrated By: Alycia Pace

Publisher: Familius, March 1, 2022, fiction (board book)

Suitable For Ages: 2-5 years

Themes/Topics: humor, getting dressed, dinosaurs

Opening: “Roar! Oh no – You turned into a dinosaur!”

Brief Synopsis: Every parent knows the struggle of getting a child dressed and out the door. But with a cast of hilariously coiffed dinosaurs to teach toddlers how to stomp their feet into pant legs and reach their claws into shirts, getting dressed becomes a game.

Links To Resources:

First, a few words from author Robin Currie! It’s always interesting to know where a book came from 😊

Back Story (or the Tail of the Dinosaur)

The original inspiration for this story was in the fall of 2014 when my youngest grandson was 3 years old and had many things on his mind to do with dinosaurs but few with getting dressed. James was in the dinosaur phase where he can’t pronounce “Spaghetti” but can say “Pachycephalosaurus” and correct my mispronunciation. He also owned dinosaur-themed shirts, hats, socks, jackets, and underwear. And hundreds of plastic painful-to-step-on in-the-dark dinosaur figures.

A brain burble became first a badly rhyming text – what rhymes with Diplodocus? (Hopped aboard a bus? Was oozing green pus? Super-flu-i-us?).  Now I am pleased to introduce you to 14 chewable pages of How to Dress a Dinosaur! If you are counting, that is a total of 8 years for a board book! Always believe that the best ideas out there will find a home! Even if it seems to take longer than the Pleistocene era!

Dino Breakfast Starts The Day!
Dino Feet!
Thumb Dino!
Populate the jungle with Handy Dinos!

More dino crafts, books and snacks at

Wow! So many fun things to do!

Why I Like This Book: If you’re a parent, you’ve had the showdown at the getting dressed corral! This book makes getting dressed so much fun kids will probably want to do it extra times each day 😊 How can you not love a story that will make a necessary chore fun for everyone involved? But to make it even better, young readers will learn a little bit about dinosaurs. The art is adorable. All those cute baby dinos are irresistible. (My personal favorites are diplodocus and triceratops 😊) A fun story to read aloud, a way to make getting dressed something to look forward to, a little info about dinosaurs, and appealing illustrations – what’s not to love?

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😊

Robin Currie learned story sharing by sitting on the floor, in library story times. She has sold 1.7 M copies of her 40 storybooks and writes stories to read and read again! How to Dress a Dinosaur is available now! How to Dress a Dinosaur – Shop

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific blog links (and any other info you feel like filling out 😊) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 😊 (And don’t forget to leave a comment by Wednesday at 9PM so you can be in the running to win a copy of this delightful book!)

63 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – How To Dress A Dinosaur PLUS A Giveaway!

  1. Lindsay Moretti says:

    Hope things get better for you, Susanna. Thank you for posting this sweet picture book and for all the fun activities – it sounds exactly like something my kiddo would love! I especially relate to the “painful-to-step-on-in-the-dark” dinosaur figures. Looking forward to reading it.

  2. cc95189 says:

    Glad to meet you grandmother Pachycephalosaurus. This story is adorable,funny, and a clever way to get little Pachycephalosaurus to dress. Continue being an advocate for all those Pachycephalosaurus out there. We need you!!

  3. julie rowan zoch says:

    So, so, sorry to hear you’re dealing with medical things. I hope all of your family are doing well soon and that you have less stress from it all.This is an adorable pick! I may be making a pair of those dinoshoes for myself though! haha! Great activity suggestions.

  4. Patricia Tilton says:

    What a delightful story for young children and parents. Love the illustrations. Great activities.
    I truly hope that your family medical situation is improving and that everyone is doing well!

  5. Barbara Rappaport Senenman says:

    Susanna, hope all is doing better with medical emergency. That really makes you rethink your “To-Do” list.

    Robin, what a fabulous idea for a book. My grandson (my daughter) would LOVE this.

  6. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    Hope the medical issues resolve themselves, and that things will be on the upswing soon! WRT the book, I had a little anemone to dress every morning, LOL. Love your fun “hands on” activities!

  7. setwiggs says:

    what a fun book! and yes I remember that dressing a toddler could be an adventure. I will meditate that whatever medical is a problem resolves itself. Be well.

  8. Danielle Hammelef says:

    This is such a clever idea! This book will appeal to so many readers and may also help care givers in the get-dressed struggles. Thank you for the chance to win a copy and for the fun related crafts and breakfast idea.

  9. muskoshe says:

    This is such a fun, wonderful book! Robin has done such a great job and the illustrations are so cute. Congratulations to Robin and her illustrator on this book.
    Love the craft ideas, too.

  10. Dianna Wilson says:

    Oh, this sounds like just a lot of fun! And anything with dinosaurs is a win for sure. Can’t wait to read this adorable book. And the crafty ideas are such a lovey bonus.

  11. sharonmariemccarthy says:

    This story looks adorable. Would be perfect for my soon to be 2 year old grandson and as a mentor text. So many wonderful ideas to connect with this story also. What a gem. Looking forward to reading it.

  12. marty bellis says:

    Love the dino breakfast and all the other creative crafts! Congrats on a fun new book, Robin.
    And Susanna, sending thoughts your way. Glad to have an update. I’ve worried about how you were doing.

  13. A Brewer says:

    Robin, you have great books. Thanks for this one too! My first was a total dino kid and he would still love this, though he is now 19. I love the crafts you shared.

  14. palpbkids says:

    This is spot on for parents and toddlers! And so funny!!
    Thank you, Susanna, for bringing this to our attention:)
    Great age-related crafts, too.
    Wishing you and your family good health.

  15. jessicaseitzwrites says:

    Susanna, I hope all is well with your family and please take care!
    Robin, this book looks so fun! Definitely right up my toddler’s alley 🙂

  16. Judy Sobanski says:

    This looks very relatable for kids and parents. I know I struggled getting my kids dressed when they were very young.

    Susanna, prayers for a return to health for your family member.

  17. Sue Heavenrich says:

    What a cute book! And I love those dino-slippers and dino-waffle! I agree – kids can pronounce dino words way sooner than other, simpler-to-us words. Thank you Robin and Susanna!

  18. jillburns7 says:

    Congratuations, Robin! This book is adorable! I remember those days with my children and grandchildren. I loved reading about how it came to be. Susanna, thinking of you and keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  19. jesseannabornemann says:

    My (almost) 2 year old is learning about dinosaurs at daycare, so this post is timely for me! I especially love the tissue box dino feet — what a great idea!

    Susanna, I’m sending lots and lots of good thoughts to you and your family. It’s extraordinarily generous of you to put up a blog post while you’re going through such a stressful time. Take care of yourself! ❤

  20. Janet Frenck Sheets says:

    Great opening line! This book looks like it’s lots of fun to read aloud.
    Susanna, I hope things get better for your family soon. Thank you for your blog.

  21. jennaejo says:

    Okay I HAVE to buy this book for my 3 year old neighbor. AND his 6 year old neighbor. They will eat it up! Plus those crafts look super fun too! Thank you for sharing. ☺️

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