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.
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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!
More dino crafts, books and snacks at https://www.pinterest.com/currie0535/how-to-dress-a-dinosaur/
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 😊
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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!”
What a sweet book! Kids…and adults are going to love those crafts 🙂
Thanks. Hope it give preschool parents some perspective and a laugh.
Susanna, I love your activies (especially the dino feet)! What a great way to combine getting a kid to bed and a love of dinosaurs. Another great book by Robin Curie.
Thanks! Dinosaur crafts are good fun!
Susanna, remember family comes first. I hope everything will be better for you soon. Thank you for posting today and juggling your time to present a new book.
I appreciate Susanna’ help and support!
Robin,love this cute story! Our youngest son was our Dino king/Rex! The activities are great as well!
Susanna, please take care of yourself as well!
Hoping things get easier for you, and soon! This book looks so cute – and sounds like a great comp for a manuscript I am trying to get out into the world. Would love to read this!
I hope it is fun for parents. I would be honored to have it be a comp!
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.
Encourage your library to get it! I think many parents can relate!
This looks so cute! I can’t wait to read it to my tutor children and my grandson!
I had one preschool reading and they seemed to identify!
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!!
Thanks! Alycia Pace’s art is perfect, isn’t it?
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.
Thanks. I think we missed a fashion opportunity during covid to wear dino shoes!
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!
Thanks. Alycia Pace really caught the spirit of the din-astic adventure!
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.
Thanks. Your grandson is my target market!
This is so fun!! I can see it being a hit with all dinosaur lovers….which is just about every kid!
Take care, Susanna. ❤️
Thanks. Everyone gets dressed – do it with a dino!
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!
The nice thing about dino crafts is if it turns out to be a blob, it is a new discovery!
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.
Toddlers have not changed! Hope this helps the dino moms/dads out there.
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.
Thanks! Alycia Pace captured the dino adventure in her art.
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.
Thank you. I really love the dino feet!
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.
Great! Tons of fun crafts to go with dinos!
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.
2 year olds are my demographic!
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.
Thanks! Hope lots of little dinos get dressed more easily!
This is straight up adorable! The crafts are a wonderful added bonus! Thanks for sharing the story of your story. 😊
You are most welcome! Hope it brings a few laughs to families!
Welcome back Susanna! Taking care of others takes so much energy, please make sure you have some time to take care of yourself. We can wait. 🙏💕
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.
Oh there is always another generation of Lil’ Dinos coming up! Thanks.
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.
Alycia Pace – the illustrator – has little ones. It shows!
Sounds like a very fun book.
So sorry to hear about the medical issues in your family. Take care.
Fun – and chewable pages! What every kid wants.
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 🙂
Getting dressed is never popular with little ones.
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.
IF it is not dressing it is feeding! Oooo new book idea!
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Susanna, praying you are getting rest and things are getting lighter for your family. Take care of YOU! Robin, this book is wonderful!
Hope people enjoy it!
This looks hilarious, and I love the art ideas! The tissue box feet are genius! I wonder how James likes it, now that he’s a cool 10-year old! Looking forward to reading.
He still loves dinos and owns a lizard!
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!
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.
This looks totally adorable! Congratulations, Robin!
Hope everything is going well with your family medical situation, Susanna!
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! ❤
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.
Okay, I ordered this one! I have a four-year-old who still puts up a fight getting dressed sometimes. Hoping this will help.
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. ☺️
Take your time, we’ve all had a time like this and we understand.
My thoughts are with you Susanna. I’m sending some positive energy your way and hope things turn the corner soon.