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Rory the Dinosaur Needs a Christmas Tree

illus. by Liz, Climo. 40p. Little, Brown. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780316315234.
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PreS-Gr 1—Rory the little dinosaur and his dad are back, this time on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree. When none of the trees on their island home proves to be a good fit, it seems like Rory's Christmas might be ruined. But fun traditions with family and friends keep his spirits alive, and on Christmas day, he gets a special treat: Dad, wrapped in lights and topped with a star, stands in, becoming the "best tree ever!" Climo's super-cute digital illustrations of round green dinosaurs and their island friends highlight this readable and engaging story. A good balance of humor and sincerity prevents the message about the true meaning of the holidays from feeling trite, and keeps the focus on the family.
VERDICT An appealing read-aloud that will have fans of Rory and his dad celebrating.

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