How Dinosaurs Went Extinct: A Safety Guide (Hardcover)

How Dinosaurs Went Extinct: A Safety Guide By Ame Dyckman, Jennifer Harney (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ame Dyckman, Jennifer Harney (Illustrator)
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“Hilarious! Take every warning you’ve ever been given as a child, from wait a full hour after eating before swimming to don’t run with scissors, and you have this side-splittingly funny alternative to how dinosaurs went extinct.”
— Kathleen Carey, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY


From author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Jenn Harney comes a hilarious faux-cautionary tale featuring dad jokes and tantrum-throwing dinosaurs!
In this outrageous "safety guide," a child in a museum asks their parents how the dinosaurs all became extinct. Well, their father has some theories. Gallimimus? Ran with scissors. Ankylosaurus? Tipped in their chair. Spinosaurus? Swam after eating. Tyrannosaurus rex? Didn’t change their underwear. By the end of the story, the child vows to never do any of these "dangerous" things again. Those dinosaurs should have been more careful!

This off-the-wall picture book written by New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman with uproarious illustrations by Jenn Harney will have kids laughing out loud as they see dinosaurs getting into some all-too-familiar hijinks.

About the Author

Ame Dyckman is the award-winning author of You Don't Want a Dragon!, That's Life!, Dandy, Read the Book, Lemmings!, You Don't Want a Unicorn!, Horrible Bear!, the New York Times Bestselling Wolfie the Bunny, and more. You can visit Ame on Twitter (@AmeDyckman).

Jenn Harney lives near Cleveland, Ohio, with her family, a corgi named Steve, and the ghost of the once oldest living now extinct goldfish in North America. Two of her previous books include Underwear! and Swim Swim Sink. Jenn invites you to visit her Twitter @jennharknee. 

Praise For…

A Kids’ Indie Next List Pick
A Barnes and Noble Reads "50 Best Books to Bring to a Baby Shower" pick
An Amazon Best Books of April 2023 pick

* "Visual humor abounds in this delightful laugh-out-loud picture book…Share this for an especially spirited story hour."The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Harney’s energetic art buoys the drama of the hilarious, untimely ends.... Dinophiles will rejoice; storytimes will be even sillier."—Kirkus

“Dyckman’s wacky, over-the-top humor is paired well with Harney’s exuberant…illustrations.“—Horn Book

"“Dyckman…conjures up a dinosaur-based strategy with sky-high stakes.” —Publishers Weekly

“Young dinophiles, once they stop chortling, will get the point."—Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316593298
ISBN-10: 031659329X
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 18th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English