What were the dinosaurs like when they were alive? Dave and Dad are about to find out!
Dad takes Dave to the museum. As they walk through the dinosaur exhibit, Dave tries to get his father’s attention. Why is this one grinning and why is that one interested in Dave’s lunch? But Dad is too busy telling Dave all there is to know about these amazing creatures to notice that they’ve sprung to life! Dave gets the feeling that Dad has one terribly important fact very, very wrong…
In this deliciously witty story, Middleton brings a fresh twist to a familiar day out that will leave readers laughing out loud. Ayto’s quirky illustrations add surprising details to this fast-paced museum adventure.
“Ayto’s minimalist line drawings deliver laughs…[Middleton] does a fine job of channeling the fears—or fantasies—of young dinosaur fans.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Children will enjoy the small museum warning signs, the droll humor, and most of all the surprise ending… Great for kids who like to tell their parents a thing or two about dinosaurs.” ―Booklist
“A comedic treat… The dialogue between father and son is delightfully conducive to a read-aloud, and Ayto’s artwork adds rich, rib-tickling layers to the book’s humor.… A highly entertaining selection that is sure to be a big hit.” ―School Library Journal
“Young children going through the ‘dinosaur phase’ of enthusiasm for the Mesozoic and its reptiles will get a kick out of Julie Middleton’s ‘Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?’ with comic illustrations by Russell Ayto.” ―The Wall Street Journal
Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2014
Irma Simonton and James H. Black Award for the Best Picture Book of the Year (Finalist) ―Bank Street College of Education, 2014
Alabama Camellia Awards (Nominee, Grades K-1) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2014-2015
Charlotte Award (Nominee, Primary) ―New York State Reading Association, 2016
AR Level: 1.4
Themes: Dinosaurs, Imagination
BISAC 1: JUV002060 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
BISAC 2: JUV005000 JUVENILE FICTION / Boys & Men
BISAC 3: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories