Dinosaur Dinner (With a Slice of Alligator Pie)

by Dennis Lee

Hardcover, 1997

Status

Available

Collection

Publication

Knopf Books for Young Readers (1997), Hardcover, 30 pages

Description

An illustrated collection of humorous poems on a variety of topics.

Physical description

30 p.; 8.5 x 0.5 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member KristieK
This book has many funny animal poems. Most of the poems are about dinosaurs, but not all of them. A very cute one is "I Eat Kids Yum Yum." It is about a dinosaur and a little girl. He tells the girl that he will eat her, but it doesn't scare her. She turns around and tells him that she eats
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monsters and he runs away. I also loved "The Secret Place." It is about a place inside of you that no one else can go.

I loved this book! "The Secret Place" was so sweet. I think it is an excellent way to describe a relationship with ones self. "I Eat Kids Yum Yum" was hilarious! This book has a great collection of funny poems.

I would use this book in a dinosaur unit. I would read them to the class. I might have them write their own dinosaur poem.
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LibraryThing member Kourtlin.Harrison
Summary: This book starts off with poems about dinosaurs at dinner and then moves onto a variety of different subjects. There are poems about school, butterflies, and even windshield wipers. One of the poems, "Alligator Pie", is about a little boy that wants to eat nothing but alligator pie and
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alligator soup. In another poem called "Being Five" is about how five is the perfect age because it "In Between".

Personal Response: This book contains silly poems that would get children laughing. It would be great for an early childhood classroom because of what the poems are about. It also has funny pictures that relate to each poem.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. I would make an alligator pie for the class and read the poem along with that. The students could draw a picture of what they think an alligator pie would look like and then compare it to the one that I brought.

2. The students could write a poem about their age and what the best thing about being that age in. In the poem "Being Five" it was that it is between all the other ages.
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LibraryThing member cpipkin1
In this book of poetry, it seems that each poem could be used as a concept poem. Each poem has a theme. The themes range from learning/showing courage to describing butterflies. It was hard to pick just two poems out of this book, but my favorite two are: The Butterfly and The Secret Place. The
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Butterfly, is a simple short poem written as if a person is talking to an actual butterfly about life. How it is like a dream, goes by too quickly, and then it is over. The Secret Place is about a young child's secret place. It talks about how there is a place inside him/herself that one can go and nobody knows of it. It can be anything you want it to be and it will always feel like you have never left.

I love The Butterfly. Mainly because I love butterflies, but also because I loved how the author was talking about life to a butterfly. Butterflies do not last long, so it was in a subtle way comparing a human life to that of a butterfly.

I also enjoyed The Secret place because I feel every child should have a secret "safe" place. Where you can not be made fun of, nothing is troubling and you can make it what you want. I also see it as imagination.

In my classroom, I could use these two poems in different ways. After having a science lesson on Butterflies and their life, I could read The Butterfly. We could discuss how it talks about their short life, and how dream like they can be. We can also talk about the different lengths of our lives compared to a butterflies life. I also feel I could use it as a soothing poem when I want children to have quiet time.

As for The Secret Place, I would read the poem to the children and have them write a story about one of their secret places. It could also be used to draw secret places. We could create a secret place within the classroom, that student's could visit for a short time, if they were having a particularly bad day and needed a minute to reflect on it. There are many ways I could use this poem.
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LibraryThing member jcole7
'Dinosaur Dinner' consisted of a book of poems by Dennis Lee that was selected by Jack Prelutsky. All the poesms were humorous. Three poesm imparticular: 'Alligator Pie', 'Doctor,Doctor', and 'Diry Georgie'. The first poem, 'Alligator Pie' was about a child not wanting anyone to his food away.
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'Doctor,Doctor' was about a child that had gotten hurt numerous times and didnt want to go to the doctor. Eventually, the child was convinced to go the doctor and found out that the going to the doctor wasn't so bad afterall.

My reaction to the poem collections was that I found them to be very humorous. In high school, I analyed a lot of poetry. The poety I analyzed was very dry and boring. By reading some selections from this book, I found that poetry can be enjoyable.

This book can be used in the classroom to give younger students an introduction to poetry. I think it would be better to introduce student with humourous poetry rather than dull poetry. Also with each of the three poems i mentioned a lesson can be taught.With 'Alligator Pie', dinner ettiquete can be taught, 'Doctor,Doctor', fear of going to the doctor, and with 'Dirty Georgie', a lesson about personal hygiene.
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LibraryThing member jemilie
Summary:
This funny poem "I Eat Kids-Yum Yum!" is about a monster who tried to scare a child when she went out to play. But it was the monster who was scared when the child stood up and told the monoster how she felt. The monster ran away so quickly.

Personal:
First, I love this put together by Jack
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Prelutsky. It is a collection of very funny poems but with deep meaning. I love the illustrations because they show how funny the poems are.I chose this poem because it would make children especially girls realise they are strong and should stand up and face the enenmy or their fears. This is appropiate for grade K to grade three.

Classroom:
After reading of poem, the children will have a whole class discussion about what is it they fear the most.
Then there can be a pantomime, where individuals will come up and show how they would face their fears or enemy.
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LibraryThing member jemilie
Summary:
The poem "Dirty Georgie" is about a little boy named Georgie who was teased by his friends with good intentions to care for himself. He kept himself dirty. In other words he practised poor hygiene.

Personal:
This poem maybe carrying a message about good hygiene but I do not like it. I like
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the illustrations because they depict the message carried out by the poem clearly. However, this is a poem that bullies in the classroom could use to crucify a child.This poem is appropiate for grade k- grade three

Classroom:
The class will practice positive ways to approach an individua( not from the class) who has a hygienic problem.

They will also try to rewrite the poem using their positive tactics.
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LibraryThing member csweat
This book consisted of different types of poems: rhyming, repetition, and imagery. These poems were about all different kinds of things. They are make-believe and silly poems. I really think the children would enjoy the silliness of these poems.
I have not been a big poem reader. I really did enjoy
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reading these poems. I have gotten to help students write poems. I really enjoyed it. I think it would be easier to start children out younger and teaching them how simple it is to make up a poem. I had a Girl Scout Troop once that each girl with the help of their family wrote a Haiku. The girls really enjoyed it.
In the classroom, I would like to have the students help me write a short poem. We could think of rhyming words to use. I would then have them write a poem about themselves. It would be titled "Special Me" We would then hang them out in the hall for everyone to see.
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LibraryThing member ChristyFitch
Summary:
This book contains poems about animals and life the way children may see it. The poems are upbeat. The pictures that go with each poem are fun!

Personal Reaction:
I believe students will love this collection of poems. There are many poems that have that gross-out factor that children
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like.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Students can act out some of the poems.
2. After reading a few poems, and not showing the pictures, students can pick the poem they liked the most and make up their own illustrations.
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LibraryThing member kerrik
My favorite poem in this book is I Eat Kids Yum Yum! It is about a monster who saw a little girl and sang to her about how he liked to eat kids, especially their toes. The little girl was not scared. In fact, she told the dinosaur that she liked to eat dinosaurs. The dinosaur then ran away.

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book was adorable. The illustrations of the poems were so creative.

I would read this to my students to show them that all potry does not have to be serious. We could choose a different animal and write poems about it.
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LibraryThing member dareangilland
Summery:
This book is a compiolation of poetry written by Dennis Lee full of funny poems and some serious poems.
Personal Recation:
My favorite poem from these books is Ms. Mitchells Underwears, gotta say.
Classroom Extensions:
1. Using different poems for an introduction to poetry lessons.
2. Using as
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ques to line up.
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LibraryThing member StephanieSerra
Summary:
This book has a variety of poems dealing with how kids see life in their viewpoint. It also has animals with what they enjoy eating, other animals and their favorite things to do or eat. Even though their animals, the poems really relate to kids life and their viewpoint on life.

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Reaction:
I thought the book was fun and the titles of the poems matched with the images. I enjoyed how the poems took me back to how I viewed life as a kid.

Classroom Extension:
1. Students can pick a poem they enjoyed most and act it out.
2. Students can write their own poem and share it with the class, I can even decorate the class with the Dinosaur Dinner theme.
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LibraryThing member shelby22
Summary:
This story is a book with several poems put together. The poems vary from very funny to more serious. The stories are wrote through the eyes of the children. The poems are about animals mostly.

Personal Experience:
I really enjoyed how the poems reflect how children view things through
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their own eyes.

Classroom Extensions:
1. When I would start a poetry lesson I would read examples from the book.
2. I would have the students write their own poem.
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LibraryThing member sarah_desrosier
Summary-The theme of this book seems to be silly and imaginative. All these poems are by Dennis Lee and carefully selected by Jack Prelutsky. One poem that really stood out to me was called "The Secret Place." I think this is about teaching kids how to control themselves and stay centered. That
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special place where only you can go inside yourself, where no one can judge your thoughts or tell you that you are wrong. Your own safe place. "Muddy Puddle" Is another one that stood out. It is a little lengthy with lots of tongue twisters. Definitely fun for kids to experience.
Personal Reaction- Poetry has always beef a fun thing to learn about, especially when you get to be creative and imaginative. THis book is a great way to introduce poetry to kids for the first time.
Classroom Extension-Work on rhyming words with the kids. Write a bunch of words on separate sheets of paper and have the kids match up the words that rhyme. Also have them get into groups and write down 10 rhyming words.
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LibraryThing member rmewife
Summary:
The first poem I read was called,"The Dinosaur Dinner" and it was about a few dinosaurs going out to eat at the restaurant zoo. Stegosaurus, and Brontosaurus are the dinosaurs mentioned in the poem. When they refuse to pay the check ,Tyrannosaurus Rex comes and eats the table and whatever
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is on there.The second poem that I read was called "Alligator Pie" and it was about a boy who loves alligator pie,alligator stew, and alligator soup. He says he will die if he does not get any of these alligator dishes. He will give up his shoe, hockey stick and many other things just to have a taste of alligator.
Personal Reaction:
I really enjoyed these two poems because they were silly and short enough for children to stay engaged. On the first poem, the illustrations were funny because it showed a big T-Rex with bushy eye brows. On the second poem, the illustrations had a pie with an alligator sticking out of it which was pretty silly. I like poetry, I find it soothing and you can put your emotions into words and create a personal piece of writing.
Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Children can write their own poems and illustrations.
2. Post poem on big white paper and have children find and circle the words that rhyme together.
3. Lesson plan on alligators.(habits,food, what can we make from them)
4.Class discussion about their favorite food and what they would give up to have it all the time.
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LibraryThing member yelhsajoh
Summary: this is a book full of several cute poems for children. The topics range from skyscrapers, to windshield wipers, to animals of all kinds.

Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed the poems on this book. They were cute, and I can imagine that loss would find them very fun and
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entertaining.

Classroom Extensions:
1: Use the poem, The Secret Place, and have kids write or draw what their own secret place inside of them would be like.
2: Have the children write their own silly poem about something that is on the book, like Alligator Pie, or make up their own silly thing to write about.
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LibraryThing member Kim_Riedmann12
Summary
It is a poetry book with many poems. The first one is about all the dinosaurs heading into the dinosaurs zoo to have some dinner. In that particular poem it describes many things of what the dinosaurs or alligators like to eat. Another poem that was read was alligator pie which was talking
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about how the alligator wanted food. The poems in the books were very cute. They use rhymes in the book which made it fun.

Personal reaction
It is a cute rhyming poetry book. The illustrations of the book we're super cute. In one of the illustrations it showed children instead of dinosaurs. I thought that was clever because children or animals and crazy and weird. Overall it was a cute and wonderful poem book that has great poems and that are also easy to read.

Classroom extension
1. The kids can write a poem describing what their favorite food is to eat
2. The teacher can makeover of the dinosaurs food for the class to try.
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LibraryThing member YolandaFelton
Summary:
Dinosaur Dinner is the title of a book of favorite poems by Dennis Lee. The first poem is titled, The Dinosaur Dinner. In this rhyming poem several different dinosaurs are mentioned such as a Tyrannosaurs Rex and Brontosaurs. This poem is very short. At the end of the poem while the
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dinosaurs are having dinner at the dinosaur zoo, the waiter Tyrannosaurs Rex, gobbled up the table because the other dinosaurs didn’t pay their checks.

Personal Reaction:
The entire book has 41 poems about bees, dinosaurs, bears, ice-cream, doctor visits, and school playgrounds. The illustration of this poem is full of humor when it shows a giant green Tyrannosaurs Rex gobbling up the table, forks, and napkins. This would be a great story for my son to read because he can name all of the dinosaurs and the “big” words that go along with naming the dinosaurs.

Classroom Extension Ideas: 1.) Plan a field trip to a dinosaur museum. Have students bring writing journals for them to record their observations.
2.) Create dinosaur fossils. Use Plasticine, paper, paper cups, an object to use as the fossilized impression, plaster or Paris, and water.
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LibraryThing member YolandaFelton
Summary:
Alligator Pie is a poem in a book of favorite poems by Dennis Lee titled, Dinosaur Dinner. Alligator Pie is a very short poem. This poem is about a little boy sitting at a dinner table naming all of his favorite foods made with alligator. At the end of the poem, he can’t wait to eat his
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alligator pie, alligator stew, and alligator soup.

Personal Reaction:
The entire book has 41 poems about bees, dinosaurs, bears, ice-cream, doctor visits, and school playgrounds. The illustration of a small alligator inside of a pie makes the poem more realistic. I have never eaten alligator pie but I have cooked alligator in my gumbo. Gumbo is a similar to a soup or stew. I have eaten fried alligator. To me all alligator taste like chicken, no matter how it is prepared.

Classroom Extension Ideas: 1.) An Alligator Pie Cooking Experience- Use chocolate chip morsels, cool whip, vanilla instant pudding, green food coloring, graham cracker crust and milk cut into triangle slices to create a green alligator pie.
2.) Create a greater than less than math activity file folder for each student using alligator templates.
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Pages

30

Rating

(14 ratings; 4.1)
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