Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!: A Preschool Story

illus. by Zachariah OHora. 32p. Abrams Appleseed. Jul. 2018. Board $7.99. ISBN 9781419733222. POP
Toddler-PreS—Poor Tyrannosaurus has a name that implies an unfortunate homonym ("rex" and "wrecks"). In preschool one day, while his dino classmates (Apatosaurus, Pteranodon, Velociraptor et al) engage in constructive play, Tyrannosaurus ruins block towers, scatters his friends' glittered papers, and messes up their chalkboard writing. As a result, Tyrannosaurus becomes unhappy when his classmates scold and exclude him from participating in their activities. As soon as he shows that he can try to be helpful by fixing up his messes, the others are eager to play with him again. Repetitive phrasing "Tyrannosaurus wrecks" will be repeated with relish and laughter. Primary colors of yellow, red, and green are eye-catching for the board book crowd and for any older listening siblings as well.
VERDICT Children will love hearing the dinosaur names in this volume that ends on a surprisingly upbeat but silly note.

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