T Is for Terrible

by Peter McCarty

Tyrannosaurus Rex – the dinosaur with the big, bad reputation—is shown... read more

Tyrannosaurus Rex – the dinosaur with the big, bad reputation—is shown having an introspective moment in this picture book for very young children. He ponders just why he is so terrible—is it his color? His size? He suggests he’s no different than any other reptile that hatched from an egg. Pictured on most pages as a mild-looking creature with an endearing overbite, the T-Rex shows his true colors at the book’s end: “If I could, I would be a vegetarian. But I am Tyrannosaurus Rex, and I do not eat trees.” The wordless double-page spread that follows shows the beast towering over his smaller, fleeing prey. “I cannot help that I am so terrible.” Young dinosaur lovers will relish the moment the T-Rex lives up to his billing . (Ages 2–5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2005

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