How to Grow a Dinosaur

Illustrated by Mike Boldt
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Hardcover
$18.99 US
| $24.99 CAN
On sale Jan 23, 2018 | 40 Pages | 978-0-399-53910-7
Age 2-5 years | Up to Kindergarten
Reading Level: Lexile AD470L
A big-kid dinosaur can’t wait to teach the new baby everything in this funny, tender, joyful take on becoming a big sister or brother, from the celebrated artist of I Don't Want to Be a Frog
 
Good news: Your mom's hatching a baby! Bad news: Babies take their sweet time. And when they finally do hatch? They’re too little to play! They don’t even know how to be a dinosaur. That's where you come in. You can teach your baby everything—from peek-a-boo to roaring to table manners to bedtime. Growing a dinosaur is a big job, but you're perfect for it. Because one thing the baby wants more than anything? It’s to be just like you.

Silly humor and sincere, moving moments, make this hilarious, reassuring, and useful “guide” a must for existing big brothers and sisters and for every big brother and big sister to-be. Great fun for family reading too.

"Fresh . . . Adorable . . . Funny."Publishers Weekly
"Hysterical . . . Tender."Kirkus 
"Sweet . . . Allow[s] for maximum comic effect.” —SLJ
"Fresh . . . Adorable . . . Funny." —Publishers Weekly

"Esbaum and Boldt [hit] the serious, the horrific, and the hysterical—and tenderly portray the growing bond between the two children." —Kirkus 

“One of the cutest new sibling picture books I’ve read.” —Imagination Soup

“[A] funny and sweet take on bringing a new addition into a family . . . allowing for maximum comic effect.” —SLJ

“Wonderfully succinct . . . A delightfully funny, tender book on being a big sibling.” —Maria Marshall’s Making Nature Fun

“Hilarious." Inspiration Laboratories

“A big hit . . . and I can see why. . . . I wish it was around when my oldest was getting ready to become a big sister.” —Picture Books to YA
Jill Esbaum is a full-time writer and author of I am Cow, Hear Me Moo!, I Hatched!, Stanza, and Tom’s Tweet, among many others. She lives on a farm with her husband and children in Dixon, IA. View titles by Jill Esbaum
MIKE BOLDT is a New York Times bestselling children's book creator who lives in Alberta, Canada, with his wife, three children, a dog, and a few cats. His books include I Don’t Want to Be a Frog, Elmore the Christmas Moose, Don't Eat Bees, Don't Trust Cats, Find Fergus, Bad Dog, and the New York Times bestseller Just One Bite by Camila Alves McConaughey and Adam Mansbach. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBoldt and on Instagram at @thatmikeboldt, and learn more about Mike at mikeboldt.ca. View titles by Mike Boldt

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A big-kid dinosaur can’t wait to teach the new baby everything in this funny, tender, joyful take on becoming a big sister or brother, from the celebrated artist of I Don't Want to Be a Frog
 
Good news: Your mom's hatching a baby! Bad news: Babies take their sweet time. And when they finally do hatch? They’re too little to play! They don’t even know how to be a dinosaur. That's where you come in. You can teach your baby everything—from peek-a-boo to roaring to table manners to bedtime. Growing a dinosaur is a big job, but you're perfect for it. Because one thing the baby wants more than anything? It’s to be just like you.

Silly humor and sincere, moving moments, make this hilarious, reassuring, and useful “guide” a must for existing big brothers and sisters and for every big brother and big sister to-be. Great fun for family reading too.

"Fresh . . . Adorable . . . Funny."Publishers Weekly
"Hysterical . . . Tender."Kirkus 
"Sweet . . . Allow[s] for maximum comic effect.” —SLJ

Reviews

"Fresh . . . Adorable . . . Funny." —Publishers Weekly

"Esbaum and Boldt [hit] the serious, the horrific, and the hysterical—and tenderly portray the growing bond between the two children." —Kirkus 

“One of the cutest new sibling picture books I’ve read.” —Imagination Soup

“[A] funny and sweet take on bringing a new addition into a family . . . allowing for maximum comic effect.” —SLJ

“Wonderfully succinct . . . A delightfully funny, tender book on being a big sibling.” —Maria Marshall’s Making Nature Fun

“Hilarious." Inspiration Laboratories

“A big hit . . . and I can see why. . . . I wish it was around when my oldest was getting ready to become a big sister.” —Picture Books to YA

Author

Jill Esbaum is a full-time writer and author of I am Cow, Hear Me Moo!, I Hatched!, Stanza, and Tom’s Tweet, among many others. She lives on a farm with her husband and children in Dixon, IA. View titles by Jill Esbaum
MIKE BOLDT is a New York Times bestselling children's book creator who lives in Alberta, Canada, with his wife, three children, a dog, and a few cats. His books include I Don’t Want to Be a Frog, Elmore the Christmas Moose, Don't Eat Bees, Don't Trust Cats, Find Fergus, Bad Dog, and the New York Times bestseller Just One Bite by Camila Alves McConaughey and Adam Mansbach. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBoldt and on Instagram at @thatmikeboldt, and learn more about Mike at mikeboldt.ca. View titles by Mike Boldt