David Ezra Stein is the author-illustrator of Because Amelia Smiled and Interrupting Chicken, which won a Caldecott Honor. He lives with his family in Kew Gardens, New York.
[Dinah's] attempts to do something that isn't in her nature make
for silly fun that's likely to set preschoolers chomping and
stomping around the room and maybe exchanging a few kisses of their
--The New York Times
Kids will plunge into the whomping and chomping with glee, and
they'll understand a hero who means to be careful, but who ends up
stomping all over things anyway.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) Preschool humor at its finest.
--The Horn Book Infused with lively, attention-grabbing yellows and cheerful, stimulating oranges to match Dinah's mood, the book is filled with thick black outlines and chunky lettering... The book's dominating horizontal line, as we watch Dinah stomp along the horizon, makes for compelling page turns, also matching the great energy of the book. It's big, loud fun for rowdy, raucous toddlers. Mwah!
--Bookpage Newly hatched tots will delight in this affectionate, if totally silly story about lessons learned the hard way.
--East Bay Express - Books Inc. Kids Stein makes great use of fun onomatopoeia to punctuate a prehistoric tale modern parents know all too well -- children making earnest efforts to learn a new skill only to achieve hilariously disastrous results. ... [A] circle-time win for Stein, who's proving to be a master at anthropomorphizing critters with perfectly overemphatic kid-like mannerisms.