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Haven't we all had that moment when we went in for a kiss and accidentally stomped the other person flat instead?— Kate
“Kids will plunge into the whomping and chomping with glee.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
For newly hatched dinosaur Dinah, the world is an exciting place. There is so much to see and do. She tries this —STOMP! And she tries that — CHOMP! Then she sees a kiss and knows just what she wants to try next. Can she figure out how to give someone a kiss without whomping, chomping, or stomping them first? Young children will chuckle and cheer when Dinah finds just the right creature for her dinosaur kisses in this funny book from David Ezra Stein, creator of the Caldecott Honor–winning Interrupting Chicken.
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[Dinah's] attempts to do something that isn’t in her nature make for silly fun that’s likely to set preschoolers chomping and stomping around the room and maybe exchanging a few kisses of their own.
—The New York Times
Kids will plunge into the whomping and chomping with glee, and they’ll understand a hero who means to be careful, but who ends up stomping all over things anyway.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Preschool humor at its finest.
—The Horn Book
Infused with lively, attention-grabbing yellows and cheerful, stimulating oranges to match Dinah’s mood, the book is filled with thick black outlines and chunky lettering... The book’s dominating horizontal line, as we watch Dinah stomp along the horizon, makes for compelling page turns, also matching the great energy of the book. It’s big, loud fun for rowdy, raucous toddlers. Mwah!
Newly hatched tots will delight in this affectionate, if totally silly story about lessons learned the hard way.
—East Bay Express - Books Inc. Kids
Stein makes great use of fun onomatopoeia to punctuate a prehistoric tale modern parents know all too well — children making earnest efforts to learn a new skill only to achieve hilariously disastrous results. ... [A] circle-time win for Stein, who’s proving to be a master at anthropomorphizing critters with perfectly overemphatic kid-like mannerisms.