Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner

by Gareth Edwards, Illustrated By Guy Parker-Rees

Scholastic Press
May 2015

Ages 3 – 5 . Grades PreK – Kindergarten

Library of Congress: 2014030739

Lexile measure: AD570L

DRA: 24

Guided Reading: M

Would you ask a dinosaur to dinner? Would you share your toothbrush with a shark?

Through a series of amusing mishaps, a young boy learns that a dinosaur, a shark, a tiger, and other animals will not help him get a good night's sleep. Instead, he holds a teddy bear and counts sheep, realizing that they are the animals best suited for the bedtime routine.

Gareth Edwards' rhyming read-aloud text is brought to life with the fun, charming art of Guy Parker-Rees, the bestselling illustrator of GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE!
Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards is a TV and radio producer. This is his first U.S. picture book. He lives in London, England, with his wife and four children.
Guy Parker-Rees

Guy Parker-Rees is one of today's bestselling children's book illustrators. He is the illustrator of the international bestseller Giraffes Can't Dance, as well as Dinosaurumpus!, both written by Giles Andreae. Guy lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and three sons. Visit him online at


  • Praise for Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner :

    * "This is plenty lively enough for a library readaloud, and it’s likely to be a favorite of youngsters at home as well." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

    Praise for Giraffes Can't Dance :

    "Parker-Rees's kicky depictions of slightly anthropomorphic animals boogying on the dance floor are the highlight here. His watercolor and pen-and-ink artwork exudes a fun, party vibe." -- School Library Journal

    Praise for Dinosaurumpus!  (written by Tony Mitton and illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees) :

    "Perfect for bedtime reading.... It's sure to be a big hit at story hours, too; expect young listeners to jump up and add their own wriggles and shakes to the dinosaur party." -- Booklist

    "From the swoop and 'Eeeeeek!' of the pteranodon ... to the high-kicking 'Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!' of the T. rex, each animal presents a fine opportunity for vocal and physical silliness that will be welcome wherever blood-stirring activity is needed. The colorful, eye-popping illustrations are sure to entice." -- School Library Journal



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545812962

32pp. | 9-⅝ x 10-¾