Review: What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night by Refe and Susan Tuma

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Tuma_WHATTHEDINOSAURSDIDWhat the Dinosaurs Did Last Night gives everyone a glimpse into the lives of plastic dinosaurs. Every November, these dinosaurs come alive at night and get into mischief, and the Tumas document their activities. The book is a celebration of creativity and delight. The dinosaurs are having a roaring good time, and it is clear that their photographers Refe and Susan Tuma are as well.

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Rex does his best to maintain his gruff exterior, but he’s secretly pleased with the way this dress flatters his delicate wrists.

It is amazing how expressive a plastic dinosaur can be: Posed one way, it is grinning triumphantly, posed another, it is roaring, while on a third page, it looks dismayed. Get a group of them together, add some smashed eggs, a sink full of suds, or a doll’s teaset, and there are whole stories in each picture.

What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night grew out of the Tumas’ blog, Dinovember, a recounting of previous years’ adventures among the prehistoric plastic set. It was an joy shared with their children that has turned out to be an adventure for everyone: Both adults and children will enjoy the pictures of enthusiastic mayhem, but it is adults who will laugh at the captions. The dinosaurs, meanwhile, will go on with their mayhem undisturbed.

What the Dinosaurs Did last Night is recommended for anyone who has a sense of humor, plastic dinosaurs, and/or children.

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When dinosaurs mark their territory, they make sure not to leave any room for interpretation.

What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night is available for purchase through http://www.bn.com and http://www.indiebound.org and http://www.amazon.com.

Follow the dinusaurs on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dinovember and Twitter: @Dinovember
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Photo Credit (c) Refe Tuma and Susan Tuma
Images reprinted from WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID LAST NIGHT Copyright 2014 by Refe Tuma and Susan Tuma. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or printed without permission in writing from the publisher. Reprinted by arrangement with Little, Brown and CompanyCaption Text Copyright 2014 by Refe Tuma and Susan Tuma. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or printed without permission in writing from the publisher. Reprinted by arrangement with Little, Brown and Company

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