Monday, May 11, 2020

Review - T. Rex Time Machine: Dinos in De-Nile

T. Rex Time Machine: Dinos in De-Nile
by Jared Chapman
Date: 2019
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 44
Format: e-book
Source: library

Two T. Rexes are whisked away by their time machine to ancient Egypt, where King Tut mistakes them for Sobek, god of the Nile. They are treated to glorious feasts and magnificent tours. But when the aliens land—they're in the middle of constructing the pyramids—and expose the supposed gods as mere dinosaurs, everyone's mad. Will the dinosaurs escape? This laugh-out-loud romp through time and space is perfect for storytime, bedtime, read-alouds, and guaranteed giggles!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Let's just cut right to the chase: this is nowhere near as strong as its predecessor. The joke is weak, the story is juvenile, and I didn't really care what happened to the dinosaurs. The whole thing with King Tut reading comic books and the aliens building the pyramids and busting the god-impersonating dinosaurs with a stack of Polaroids is just silly.

I wouldn't recommend this. Readers who loved the first book might want to check this one out, but I'd recommend just sticking with T. Rex Time Machine if you're looking for a book that'll give you a few giggles.

Premise: 2/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 2/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.33 out of 5

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