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WHOMP! An energetic young dinosaur figures out her own way to give a kiss in the latest from the creator of the Caldecott Honor–winning Interrupting Chicken. 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. Who WHOMP! An energetic young dinosaur figures out her own way to give a kiss in the latest from the creator of the Caldecott Honor–winning Interrupting Chicken. 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. Who can she kiss? And after a few disastrous attempts, 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 new picture book from David Ezra Stein.


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WHOMP! An energetic young dinosaur figures out her own way to give a kiss in the latest from the creator of the Caldecott Honor–winning Interrupting Chicken. 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. Who WHOMP! An energetic young dinosaur figures out her own way to give a kiss in the latest from the creator of the Caldecott Honor–winning Interrupting Chicken. 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. Who can she kiss? And after a few disastrous attempts, 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 new picture book from David Ezra Stein.

30 review for Dinosaur Kisses

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    Since I today read Colleen Venable's YA graphic novel, Kiss Number Eight, I pulled this off the shelf, another kissing book, but for littl'uns, with a twist. It would seem that dinosaurs need to really learn how to kiss. They're dinosaurs, after all. They are more into whomping, chomping, or stomping. But after a series of disastrous attempts, our hero finds another dinosaur to kiss, in a particularly dinosaur-ist way, which involves, you guessed it, much whomping, chomping, and stomping. Just t Since I today read Colleen Venable's YA graphic novel, Kiss Number Eight, I pulled this off the shelf, another kissing book, but for littl'uns, with a twist. It would seem that dinosaurs need to really learn how to kiss. They're dinosaurs, after all. They are more into whomping, chomping, or stomping. But after a series of disastrous attempts, our hero finds another dinosaur to kiss, in a particularly dinosaur-ist way, which involves, you guessed it, much whomping, chomping, and stomping. Just try to keep Pre-k to 2nd grade readers from trying this kind of "kissing" out on each other, I dare you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Dinosaurs like kissing...I KNEW IT! But sometimes you have to be careful who you kiss - will they kiss you back? Great book for children.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Luann

    This made me laugh and laugh. David Ezra Stein has not written your typical book about kisses! There was a bit of unexpected violence, which would be natural in a dinosaur environment. The ending was also unexpected and hilarious. This would be fun to read aloud in a storytime for Valentine's day. It would definitely provide a new perspective on kisses! This made me laugh and laugh. David Ezra Stein has not written your typical book about kisses! There was a bit of unexpected violence, which would be natural in a dinosaur environment. The ending was also unexpected and hilarious. This would be fun to read aloud in a storytime for Valentine's day. It would definitely provide a new perspective on kisses!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    *Snort.* I enjoyed this book a bit more than the actual story time crowd, I think, as it's a rather tiny book. But I might've horrified / entertained some of the parents. *Snort.* I enjoyed this book a bit more than the actual story time crowd, I think, as it's a rather tiny book. But I might've horrified / entertained some of the parents.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    A dinosaur book for the youngest readers that is true to the physical, violent world of dinosaurs. The whomp, stomp and chomp repeats make this a fun book to read aloud. Be warned. If a dinosaur wants to pucker up and kiss you, run!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Aaa such precious little Dinah! The best part was probably the audiobook, not gonna lie.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Urbandale Library

    WHOMP! CHOMP! STOMP! My toddler loved reading along with the the dinosaur who is learning how to kiss. Try pairing this book with one of the library's dinosaur puppets for added fun and hilarity (and, yes, you can take the puppet home with you!). WHOMP! CHOMP! STOMP! My toddler loved reading along with the the dinosaur who is learning how to kiss. Try pairing this book with one of the library's dinosaur puppets for added fun and hilarity (and, yes, you can take the puppet home with you!).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Halley Todd

    This made my two year old nephew start headbutting me often. Beware if you have an impressionable toddler. But really cute, and sweet.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ★ℕłℂØℓҾ★ (Nix)

    My kids and I had a fun time pretending to eat each other, stomp on each other, and head-butt each other after reading this story lol.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joella

    Dinah is a dinosaur that just hatched out of her egg. As she goes around exploring the world she does a lot of things. She tries a STOMP! and a CHOMP! But then she sees two creatures kiss. She wants to try that. Only, you have to have another to kiss with. Sh goes and tries to kiss one prehistoric creature only to end up doing a WHOMP! After a few more accidental CHOMP! and STOMP! attempts, she realizes that she must just pucker her lips to kiss. But she accidentally eats the creature she was tr Dinah is a dinosaur that just hatched out of her egg. As she goes around exploring the world she does a lot of things. She tries a STOMP! and a CHOMP! But then she sees two creatures kiss. She wants to try that. Only, you have to have another to kiss with. Sh goes and tries to kiss one prehistoric creature only to end up doing a WHOMP! After a few more accidental CHOMP! and STOMP! attempts, she realizes that she must just pucker her lips to kiss. But she accidentally eats the creature she was trying to kiss. (I guess those lips just were too close to something so tasty.) Dinah goes back to her egg to think about how she might be able to kiss someone. Then…another egg hatches. Then Dinah teaches the new dinosaur baby all about how to CHOMP!, STOMP! and WHOMP! for a dinosaur “Kiss!” This is a fun little story with quite the character of a dinosaur. Dinah is great, and little kids at my next dinosaur story time are going to love her. I love how thick, black outlines hold together a colorful splattering of a dinosaur. And The little dinosaurs are so expressive (as are the frightened creatures Dinah is trying to “kiss”). And the way the STOMP! and CHOMP! and WHOMP! are written in gigantic capital letters with bold strokes means that kids are sure to want to STOMP! and CHOMP! and WHOMP! right along with the story. Once again I am pleased with the new David Ezra Stein book. His work makes me smile (or WHOMP! depending upon my mood). Lovely.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I am eager to try this book out with the target audience. I enjoyed it and I think children will too. This is a different sort of look at kisses and I have to admit the end surprised me, it was not at all what I was expecting, but it definitely made me laugh. The antics of the young dinosaur reminded me greatly of a young child with her enthusiasm and determination. The baby t-rex starts off stomping and chomping, but then she sees a kiss and decides that is what she wants to do, but her efforts I am eager to try this book out with the target audience. I enjoyed it and I think children will too. This is a different sort of look at kisses and I have to admit the end surprised me, it was not at all what I was expecting, but it definitely made me laugh. The antics of the young dinosaur reminded me greatly of a young child with her enthusiasm and determination. The baby t-rex starts off stomping and chomping, but then she sees a kiss and decides that is what she wants to do, but her efforts fail in funny ways, until she finds the right creature to kiss, although not in the way I expected. I love this kind of book because they are so fun to share. The reader thinks he/she knows where the story is going only to be delightfully surprised. Highly recommended.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    From the author and illustrator of Interrupting Chicken comes a somewhat less sensitive, but no less funny, story about a dinosaur who tries to give some kisses--completely unsuccessfully. We heard this one at story time and we have reread it at least 10 times since then. It is either my grown-up status or my finicky personality that made me wish it had a happier ending--but my kids did not seem at all troubled that Dinah never mastered the kiss. I do also have to give it points for demonstratin From the author and illustrator of Interrupting Chicken comes a somewhat less sensitive, but no less funny, story about a dinosaur who tries to give some kisses--completely unsuccessfully. We heard this one at story time and we have reread it at least 10 times since then. It is either my grown-up status or my finicky personality that made me wish it had a happier ending--but my kids did not seem at all troubled that Dinah never mastered the kiss. I do also have to give it points for demonstrating true-to-life sibling relations.

  13. 5 out of 5

    White House Public Library

    A cute story about how a dinosaur learns what kisses are & shows kids that not everybody shows love the same way as humans do! The reader meets Dinah, the dinosaur, who has just seen her first kiss. She adventures out on her own trying kissing but ends up chomping & stomping instead. When she realizes she's been kissing wrong, she goes back to her egg to think and meets a new baby dinosaur. So Dinah decides to show the baby dinosaur how to kiss by stomping & chomping. In the end, they show their A cute story about how a dinosaur learns what kisses are & shows kids that not everybody shows love the same way as humans do! The reader meets Dinah, the dinosaur, who has just seen her first kiss. She adventures out on her own trying kissing but ends up chomping & stomping instead. When she realizes she's been kissing wrong, she goes back to her egg to think and meets a new baby dinosaur. So Dinah decides to show the baby dinosaur how to kiss by stomping & chomping. In the end, they show their love for each other by whomping their heads together.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Scott Miller

    This was an informative text, well-written and suited to even amateur dinosaurs. More experienced dinosaurs, like myself, have much to learn and enjoy from this work as well! I particularly felt a strong kinship with the dinosaur who quoth the rhetorical query "Who can I kiss?". One of the great philosophical questions of our age! This was an informative text, well-written and suited to even amateur dinosaurs. More experienced dinosaurs, like myself, have much to learn and enjoy from this work as well! I particularly felt a strong kinship with the dinosaur who quoth the rhetorical query "Who can I kiss?". One of the great philosophical questions of our age!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    This title almost seems like an oxymoron and after you read it, it seems even more so. Bold illustrations, great vocabulary, opportunities for audience participation. A nice book to use for a dinosaur themed story time or dino lovers!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    There’s a kiss on the cheek, a butterfly kiss, an Eskimo kiss, and now a dinosaur kiss. I think a dinosaur kiss might hurt a little. Find out for yourself in this fun book for a read aloud or a bedtime story. Just wear a helmet.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Hilarious, active, fun, with huge illustrations and great preschool/toddler appeal. Definitely play up the roaring and chaos and smashing and kissing, and have the littles act the story out with you in storytime. Love, love, love this one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joshlyn

    This book was so cute and funny! There was a bit of unexpected violence, which would be natural in a dinosaur environment. The ending was also unexpected and hilarious. This would be fun to read aloud in a storytime for Valentine's day. It would definitely provide a new perspective on kisses! This book was so cute and funny! There was a bit of unexpected violence, which would be natural in a dinosaur environment. The ending was also unexpected and hilarious. This would be fun to read aloud in a storytime for Valentine's day. It would definitely provide a new perspective on kisses!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Pelton

    Move over Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, you've got competition! Hilarious, adorable illustrations, lots of good stomping and chomping, and simple enough to read to toddlers. Hooray! Move over Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, you've got competition! Hilarious, adorable illustrations, lots of good stomping and chomping, and simple enough to read to toddlers. Hooray!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eliza

    So cute I read it twice! Yes, just me, on my own. And I would probably read it a third time but will save that to share with my kids. Plus lots of kisses. (whomp!)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Cunningham

    There are so many things for a young tyrannosaurus rex to do on her first day out of the egg. Dinah wants to try out all the great new things she can do with her feet- STOMP!- and her mouth- CHOMP!- and her head- WHOMP! But when she catches some cuddly mammals smooching and decides to give that a try, she finds that her fabulous new body may not be equipped for the subtle art of kissing cute little critters. She needs to find a friend like her to share her rough and tumble dinosaur kisses. My fam There are so many things for a young tyrannosaurus rex to do on her first day out of the egg. Dinah wants to try out all the great new things she can do with her feet- STOMP!- and her mouth- CHOMP!- and her head- WHOMP! But when she catches some cuddly mammals smooching and decides to give that a try, she finds that her fabulous new body may not be equipped for the subtle art of kissing cute little critters. She needs to find a friend like her to share her rough and tumble dinosaur kisses. My family has been out of town for about 3 weeks for a whirlwind Christmas vacation. We spent a week at Disneyland, a weekend in San Diego for my big sister's wedding, and then we went to Grandma and Grandpa's house for awhile to destroy their house before getting back to life as usual here in Monterey. Friday was our first trip back to the library and my 4 year old was immediately drawn to this book. It has great cover appeal, with bright colors and a friendly, love-crazed t-rex sprinting across a field. She picked it for her bedtime story that night, and all my kids thought it was pretty great. Most of the time I am really drawn to the "lesson" stories, and those are the kinds of stories I find myself writing most often as well. Picture books are just such a great chance to sneak teaching in without them noticing, it's hard to pass it up. But sometimes you need something that is just fun, like a baby dinosaur accidentally eating a small lizard that she was making kissy faces at the page before. Or that same baby dinosaur trying to kiss a brontosaurus and accidentally biting him in the bum. (Yes, I know it was determined that the brontosaurus is not a real dinosaur, but it is ingrained into my elementary school knowledge base that all those long necked herbivore dinosaurs are brontosauruses. So I will keep saying it.) Dinosaur Kisses is a great, silly read, perfect for bedtime giggles and snuggles. www.childrensbooksonadime.wordpress.com

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Dina the dinosaur finally hatches out of her egg and begins to explore the world. There so much to see and do! She starts by stomping and chomping. Then she sees 2 creatures kiss. Immediately she runs around looking for someone she can kiss. Coming across a fish-like creature, Dina attempts a kiss but ends up WHOMPing it instead. Then she comes across a larger dinosaur and makes another attempt at kissing. In this case she ends up CHOMPing the dino on the backside! Dina next encounters another f Dina the dinosaur finally hatches out of her egg and begins to explore the world. There so much to see and do! She starts by stomping and chomping. Then she sees 2 creatures kiss. Immediately she runs around looking for someone she can kiss. Coming across a fish-like creature, Dina attempts a kiss but ends up WHOMPing it instead. Then she comes across a larger dinosaur and makes another attempt at kissing. In this case she ends up CHOMPing the dino on the backside! Dina next encounters another fish-like creature. This time her kiss manifests as a STOMP and she squishes it flat. Finally she meets a lizard and makes one last attempt at a kiss. She is careful to use her lips only. Even then Dina accidentally swallows the lizard. Discouraged, Dina goes back to her egg to think. While she is thinking another little dino cracks out of it's egg. She will kiss this new dino! When the young dino asks what a kiss is, Dina educates him with a CHOMP! and STOMP! and WHOMP! The little dino finds this hilarious and Dina has finally found a kindred spirit. Fantastic for storytime!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aimee Martin

    Dinosaur Kisses Dinosaur Kisses is about a little dinosaur named Dinah that hatches from her egg and observes the world for the first time. Dinah tries things for the first time including the stomp and the chomp. She then sees the kiss happen and tries herself to do the same thing. She trying to figure out to kiss first and once tries it for the first time she whomps the poor thing into the air. Dinah tries a few more times but cannot get the kiss. At the end of the story she meets a new dinosaur Dinosaur Kisses Dinosaur Kisses is about a little dinosaur named Dinah that hatches from her egg and observes the world for the first time. Dinah tries things for the first time including the stomp and the chomp. She then sees the kiss happen and tries herself to do the same thing. She trying to figure out to kiss first and once tries it for the first time she whomps the poor thing into the air. Dinah tries a few more times but cannot get the kiss. At the end of the story she meets a new dinosaur that just hatched and they stomp and chomp and whomp together and say that it is kissing. On the title page of Dinosaur Kisses it had the title and Dinah looking for something to kiss with little hearts flying by her head. The picture book has one double page spread picture and there is nothing important in the gutter. On the jacket flaps there is information about the author David Ezra Stein including the awards he has won and also some personal information about where he grew up. This book had endpages (endpapers) that have a small collage of yellow illustrations.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Little Dinah is raring to go the moment she bursts from her egg. She is excited to explore her new surroundings, trying out her new body and all that it can do. When she sees an adorable little pair of creatures share a kiss that becomes her goal. Her desires have some disastrous results as she stomps and chomps her way around in search of the perfect recipient for her sweet smooch. She returns to her hatching place to think for a bit only to discover someone who can handle the kind of affection Little Dinah is raring to go the moment she bursts from her egg. She is excited to explore her new surroundings, trying out her new body and all that it can do. When she sees an adorable little pair of creatures share a kiss that becomes her goal. Her desires have some disastrous results as she stomps and chomps her way around in search of the perfect recipient for her sweet smooch. She returns to her hatching place to think for a bit only to discover someone who can handle the kind of affection she is dishing out! Dinosaur Kisses is a colorful tale to share with young readers.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah BT

    A dinosaur sees animals kiss and wants to kiss too, but she can't help her dinosaur ways of stomping and chomping. This book is randomly funny and I found it hilarious. Not sure if everyone will find it funny as the dinosaur isn't always successful in her adventures, but I found it be wry and quirky. I also thought the crayon/watercolor illustrations added a funny sweetness to the pictures that gave it more humor. A dinosaur sees animals kiss and wants to kiss too, but she can't help her dinosaur ways of stomping and chomping. This book is randomly funny and I found it hilarious. Not sure if everyone will find it funny as the dinosaur isn't always successful in her adventures, but I found it be wry and quirky. I also thought the crayon/watercolor illustrations added a funny sweetness to the pictures that gave it more humor.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    The kids thought this was pretty funny today. One thing I dislike about it: it ends too suddenly and doesn't really come to a satisfying end. It just took me adding a sentence after about how cute the dinosaurs were and how they couldn't kiss. One of the kids spoke up and said "Dinosaurs don't kiss!" and I ran with that for a minute ("that would look silly wouldn't it!", etc.). It worked well though; I was surprised. The kids thought this was pretty funny today. One thing I dislike about it: it ends too suddenly and doesn't really come to a satisfying end. It just took me adding a sentence after about how cute the dinosaurs were and how they couldn't kiss. One of the kids spoke up and said "Dinosaurs don't kiss!" and I ran with that for a minute ("that would look silly wouldn't it!", etc.). It worked well though; I was surprised.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    A brand new baby dinosaur named Dinah tries - and fails - to learn the art of kissing. After maiming/killing/eating the other dinosaurs she tries to "kiss" she finally finds another baby dino her same size who she can romp with and attempt to "kiss" without harm! My only concern was that she never does learn how to properly kiss the other dinos - and I feel small rambunctious children might take to stomping and whomping and chomping just like Dinah in lieu of tame kisses! A brand new baby dinosaur named Dinah tries - and fails - to learn the art of kissing. After maiming/killing/eating the other dinosaurs she tries to "kiss" she finally finds another baby dino her same size who she can romp with and attempt to "kiss" without harm! My only concern was that she never does learn how to properly kiss the other dinos - and I feel small rambunctious children might take to stomping and whomping and chomping just like Dinah in lieu of tame kisses!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Josie B.

    Once again David Ezra Stein has written a book reflecting a toddler eye view of the world. I paired it with "Snappy Little Dinosaurs (Snappy Pop-Ups)" for some prehistoric fun in a preschool storytime. The 4s and 5s laughed the hardest, and one kept saying, "this is a silly book." I think I would use it again at Valentine's Day. Once again David Ezra Stein has written a book reflecting a toddler eye view of the world. I paired it with "Snappy Little Dinosaurs (Snappy Pop-Ups)" for some prehistoric fun in a preschool storytime. The 4s and 5s laughed the hardest, and one kept saying, "this is a silly book." I think I would use it again at Valentine's Day.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mira Domsky

    Simple with silly artwork, and a silly premise: this dinosaur wants to give a kiss, but she can't figure out how to do it right. Good for storytime, unless the kids are very sensitive. The dinosaur does accidentally eat a small animal she is trying to kiss, which is hilarious or upsetting depending on the child. Simple with silly artwork, and a silly premise: this dinosaur wants to give a kiss, but she can't figure out how to do it right. Good for storytime, unless the kids are very sensitive. The dinosaur does accidentally eat a small animal she is trying to kiss, which is hilarious or upsetting depending on the child.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Raina

    I loved almost everything about this one, until I got to the ending. It felt super anticlimactic to me. I kept looking to see if I missed something. I'm not sure how I'd sell it in storytime. It could be a winner in a home setting, though! I loved almost everything about this one, until I got to the ending. It felt super anticlimactic to me. I kept looking to see if I missed something. I'm not sure how I'd sell it in storytime. It could be a winner in a home setting, though!

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