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Description - The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas by Anne Muecke

The dinosaur fossils in the museum come to life (and sing, dance, and eat gingerbread) in this fun twist on the classic poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas!". This rollicking tale is a great Christmas treat for dinosaur fans young and old. And with the enclosed CD, readers can enjoy dinosaur-themed Christmas party music, and hear the story read aloud, too!

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780811863223
ISBN-10: 0811863220
Format: Hardback
(285mm x 231mm x 11mm)
Pages: 36
Imprint: Chronicle Books
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publish Date: 5-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas by Anne Muecke

US Kirkus Review » Dinosaur devotees will devour this imaginative take-off on the much-parodied holiday rhyme, with this rendition set in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The story features the museum's dinosaurs and a little boy who lives directly across the street. He is awakened on Christmas Eve by noises coming from the museum and joins the dinosaurs in their holiday celebration. The dinosaurs grow fantastic rainbow-hued scales and feathers on this magical night and suspend their natural tendencies to eat each other, snacking on pterosaur-shaped gingerbread instead. The dinosaurs and the little boy dance around a Yule log, sing holiday songs, decorate a tree and welcome Santasaurus and his eight "dino-deer." Children will enjoy Hale's exuberant illustrations, the large trim size allowing some huge views of dinosaurs in mid-celebration in the museum and in mid-flight with Santasaurus. The final pages of text present the words to dinosaur carols (more parodies, in the vein of "Hark! The Pterodactyls Sing"), and a CD of the songs and story text is also included. (Picture book. 4-9) (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Anne Muecke

Anne Muecke spent much of her childhood roaming the halls of the American Museum of Natural History, and volunteered as a docent in the dinosaur halls after their renovation in 1996. She lives in New York City. Nathan Hale has painted dinosaur murals in museums around the country. He has also written and illustrated two picture books, Yellowbelly and Plum Go to School and The Devil You Know. He lives in Provo, Utah.