My Sitter Is a T-Rex!/Mi niñera es un T-Rex!

Treasure Bay. (We Both Read). Jun. 2022. 44p. pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781601150455. BL.
Gr 1-2–A boy feels anxious when his parents go to a show and arrange a babysitter service. Little do they know that when the doorbell rings, they will be welcoming a cheerful and rather giant babysitter, a T. rex named Sue. The boy’s apprehension does not cease, and he runs away scared when Sue wants to play. The clumsy dinosaur babysitter unintentionally wreaks havoc in the house. Using a humorous plot, this bilingual early reader offers a witty story line that highlights the anxiety some children experience when left with babysitters. The rhyming narrative is built in a dual read- aloud framework where caregivers read the left-hand pages, signaled by a blue dot and smaller font, and the children read the right-hand pages, signaled by a red star and larger font. The Spanish translation flows nicely but does not convey the rhyming nature of its counterpart. Although the text setting feels crowded, it complements the illustrations. The artwork emphasizes Sue’s towering size and gentle demeanor as the boy warms up to her with analogous colors of orange, yellow, yellow-green, and green. This early reader is perfect for students who are comfortable with more complex vocabulary words and welcome the challenge of learning and reading in Spanish.
VERDICT A lighthearted, straightforward early reader for primary grade children who enjoy humorous dinosaur stories and a hint of vocabulary challenge.

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