How Dinosaurs Went Extinct

A Safety Guide


By Ame Dyckman

Illustrated by Jennifer Harney

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From author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Jenn Harney comes a hilarious faux-cautionary tale featuring dad jokes and tantrum-throwing dinosaurs!
In this outrageous "safety guide," a child in a museum asks their parents how the dinosaurs all became extinct. Well, their father has some theories. Gallimimus? Ran with scissors. Ankylosaurus? Tipped in their chair. Spinosaurus? Swam after eating. Tyrannosaurus rex? Didn’t change their underwear. By the end of the story, the child vows to never do any of these "dangerous" things again. Those dinosaurs should have been more careful!

This off-the-wall picture book written by New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman with uproarious illustrations by Jenn Harney will have kids laughing out loud as they see dinosaurs getting into some all-too-familiar hijinks.

  • A Kids’ Indie Next List Pick
    A Barnes and Noble Reads "50 Best Books to Bring to a Baby Shower" pick
    An Amazon Best Books of April 2023 pick
    A 2024 Bank St College Best Books pick

  • * "Visual humor abounds in this delightful laugh-out-loud picture book…Share this for an especially spirited story hour."
    The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books, starred review
  • "Harney’s energetic art buoys the drama of the hilarious, untimely ends.... Dinophiles will rejoice; storytimes will be even sillier."
  • “Dyckman’s wacky, over-the-top humor is paired well with Harney’s exuberant…illustrations.“
    Horn Book
  • "“Dyckman…conjures up a dinosaur-based strategy with sky-high stakes.” 
    Publishers Weekly
  • “Young dinophiles, once they stop chortling, will get the point."

On Sale
Apr 18, 2023
Page Count
40 pages

Ame Dyckman

About the Author

Ame Dyckman is the award-winning author of Wolfie the Bunny (illustrated by Zachariah OHora), Boy + Bot and Tea Party Rules, and loves writing for children so she doesn’t have to grow up. Ame lives in New Jersey with her family, pets, and hair bow collection.

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Jennifer Harney

About the Illustrator

Jenn Harney is the author-illustrator of Underwear!. She has also illustrated the Hazy Bloom chapter book series by Jennifer Hamburg, as well as the forthcoming picture books How to Become a Knight (in Ten Easy Lessons) by Todd Tarpley and Never Trumpet with a Crumpet by Amy Gibson. Jenn lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, her daughter, a corgi named Steve, and the ghost of the oldest living goldfish in North America. Follow her on Twitter @jennharknee.

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