Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Review: Dear Tyrannosaurus Rex by Lisa McClatchy; illustrated by John Manders

Looking for a new book to read to your child's class?  Look no further!

We all loved this book so much that as soon as we finished reading it, I came downstairs to my computer to e-mail the author to let her know how much we enjoyed it!  (Something I don't normally do)

"As her sixth birthday drew near, Erin decided that it was high time to invite a REAL dinosaur to her birthday party." 

Following is Erin's letter to Tyrannosaurus Rex, in which Erin tells him all about the fun things he can do while at her party.  Each page was filled with hilarious scenarios, easy language for a beginning reader, and colorful pictures that will crack you up! The illustrations are what really bring out the humor in this book.  Each time we read it, we find something new and funnier than before.

My favorite page was of the pony riding the dinosaur. 

The boys' favorite page was the very last one...showing the looks on the adults' faces when a T-Rex is at their front door!

What great fun!

Most kids - both boys and girls - go through a dinosaur phase, and whether your kids are in their dinosaur phase or not, they will love this book!  It is full of imagination and silliness that all children would love! 

Whenever we have read a book that we enjoy, one of the first things I think of is who I would give the book to as a gift.  I'm not sure that we're ready to give this one up yet!

About the Book:
Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (July 27, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375856080
ISBN-13: 978-0375856082

About the Author:
Lisa McClatchy has loved parties, books, and dinosaurs since she was a little girl!  Lisa has written a number of easy-to-read books for children.  She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, Kevin, and their daughter, Eirann Grace.  She enjoys spending time on her deck, but always keeps an ear out for any loud noises or suspicious shadows - dinosaurs have been known to visit!

About the Illustrator:
John Manders has illustrated numerous children's books, including Clarence the Copy Cat by Patricia Lakin.  John lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Visit him and learn more at

Dear Tyrannosaurus Rex Treasury of Animals and Nature: Vol. II (Know-It-Alls) Eloise's Mother's Day Surprise (Eloise Ready-to-Read) Clarence The Copy Cat


Lydia Sharp said...

It seems dinosaurs are a staple in children's picture books. My son has at least four dinosaur-focused books, one of which he just ordered through Scholastic -- Dinosaurs Love Underpants. Like, how could you go wrong the mind of a six y/o boy... dinosaurs AND underpants? Instant classic.

bermudaonion said...

That does sound like loads of fun!

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