Monday, June 9, 2008

Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Liam and I just finished reading (again) How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Mark Teague. We love this and the other dinosaur books from this duo. What a clever idea to have dinosaurs play children's roles in human families! I really appreciate how they model good behaviors for children.

I love the simple way the stories are told. The words just seem to flow right off the page; there's no wondering how a word should be emphasized to fit the right meter for the rhyme.

Liam and I both LOVE the pictures. They are perfect for telling the story and holding the interest of a toddler. Mark Teague does a fantastic job of having a lot going on in the background without it becoming too distracting. His color is clean and vibrant while still maintains the details in the pictures to keep them from becoming too flat.

You can find out more about them at janeyolen.com and Scholastic Books.

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