Saturday, July 28, 2018

Review - Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken

Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken
by Douglas Rees
illustrated by Jed Henry
Date: 2017
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

Tyrannosaurus Rex wants breakfast. He stomps and he roars and he gnashes his teeth—and he scares all the other dinosaurs right out of the forest.

Only Edna, the very first chicken, is unafraid. She won't let that bully T. rex push her around! But will Edna's mighty beak and terrible flapping wings be a match for T. rex's mighty claws and terrible jaws?

This hilarious tale of bravery will have readers clucking in triumph!

Jed Henry's charming illustrations accompany Douglas Rees' upROARious tale.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This cute little book had me right up until the end when it implied that there are no Tyrannosauruses anymore because they were all chased away by chickens. Have you heard a dinosaur-obsessed kid talk? They'll be sure to let you know how wrong that idea is.

Other than that, the pictures are cute and the story of a tiny chicken using what is at her disposal (her feathers, sharp claws, and tenacity) to put a bully in his place is empowering.

This is a fun book for a few laughs, but if your kid is really serious about dinosaurs, be prepared for the inevitable corrections.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.17 out of 5

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