Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrator: Barry Gott
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
As autumn leaves turn to whirls of snow, all the dinosaurs are full of Christmas cheer. Snowball fights ensue, snow angels shimmer, and ice skates adorn dinosaur feet. There's hot cocoa, sugar cookies, festive decorations, and mistletoe. Through all the chaos, the dinosaurs breath in Christmas and fully enjoy the excitement. Santa Claws himself even makes an appearance and hands out presents! The yuletide evening is full of caroling, and the dinosaurs end their raucous celebrations by looking forward to the next holiday and the fun tied to that event as well.
In a fun celebration of all things winter and Christmas, Lisa Wheeler makes dinosaurs come alive. By including scientific nomenclature, Wheeler not only enlivens young imaginations, but also instructs. When things get out of hand, as they sometimes do during celebrations, Santa Claws is there to maintain order and to remind children that, although having fun is appropriate and encouraged, it is well to remember how to behave and to make sure everyone is having a good time.