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The book, Rex, by Simon James tells the story of a tiny baby tryannosaurus who searches for his place in the dinosaur world. As soon as baby Rex hatches, he stumbles upon a big, scary tyrannosaurus, convinced that this is his father. This large and terrifying dinosaur has a reputation for scaring every stegosaurus, brontosaurus, triceratops, iguanodon or ankylosaurus that he sees!

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Baby Rex follows his “father” around everywhere, until one day the large tyrannosaurus admits the he is indeed not his father. Readers join Rex as he goes on his mission to find his rightful place in the world. The story ends with the large tyrannosaurus saving Rex, and stating that the duo belong together. Told through a mixture of beautiful two page spreads and James’ vibrant, cartoon-like illustrations, the story comes to life. Each dinosaur has its own personality depicted on every page.

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The most noticeable part of the paintings is James’ decision to exaggerate the size difference between the two dinosaurs. This element is comical and adds to the many details that were calculated while James illustrated this story. The dramatic illustrations paired with the thoughtful and interesting text makes for an intriguing story that is appropriate for children in preschool or kindergarten. This father-son story is excellent for showing a paternal relationship, and would be an excellent parent-child read.

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Blog Post by Kayla Pruitt

 

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