Synopses & Reviews
Tobiass father is a lot like other fathers—he likes corny jokes, and doing magic tricks, and works really hard at the office. But there the resemblance ends. He has teeth as sharp as steak knives, is forty feet high, and weighs as much as a locomotive. He is, in fact, a tyrannosaurus.
This funny and poignant story about a kid trying to get his dad to pay attention has a fabulous payoff, when Dad shows up and saves the day during a Field Day baseball game; when a tyrannosaurus decides to ump, no one dares disagrees with his calls!
An added bonus are the fabulous illustrations by newcomer Matthew Myers.
"In the 'How do Dinosaurs...?' series, it's the dinosaur kids who are beastly; Rosenberg (Nobody) and Myers (Clink) turn the tables with a story about a regular kid, Tobias, whose father is a 'terrible lizard.' Tobias is pretty cool with this arrangement: T. rex Dad may be a lot bigger and a little gruffer than other dads, but with his love of corny jokes and backyard grilling, he fits right in. No, what bothers Tobias is that his dad is 'always, always working.' Myers, in one of the book's uniformly terrific images, sums up the situation by showing Tobias tucked into bed, while Dad, still wearing his office clothes (an ill-fitting button-down shirt and tiny tie) is in the moonlit backyard, working on his laptop. Will Dad get his priorities straight in time for Field Day at Tobias's school? Despite some well-played lines that hit their comedic marks, the storytelling sometimes slackens, and the mood can feel like it's teetering between bittersweet and depressed. But the premise shines through, thanks to Myers's saturated, sculptural musings on what happens when Cat's in the Cradle meets Jurassic Park. Ages 4 6. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Author Liz Rosenberg's down-to-earth, matter-of-fact narrative is accompanied by the painterly illustrations of first-time picture-book artist Matthew Myers to great effect; they add enough depth and nuance to make the story convincing, and a complete charmer. Sometimes people—and dinosaurs, it turns out—are a lot cooler than they pretend to be.” —Time Out New York Kids
Tobias's father is different from other dads, not only because he is a tyrannosaurus but also because he is busy all of the time, but when disaster looms during Field Day at Tobias's school, his dad comes through.
What's forty feet long, fifteen feet high, and wears a necktie? Tobias's dad He is, after all, a Tyrannosaurus. Despite his huge size and teath that are as sharp as knives, he's a lot like other dads--he likes corny jokes and magic tricks, and he works very, VERY hard at the office. He works so hard, in fact, he can't make it to Tobias's big Field Day baseball game. To make matters worse, the tough Chickenbone Gang shows up and tries to take over the game. Will Tyrannosaurus Dad show up and save the day?
About the Author
Accalimed poet, novelist, and professor, Liz Rosenberg is the author of Nobody, On Christmas Eve, and This Is the Wind, among other titles. Her books have received numerous awards, including an IRA-CBC Childrens Choice, and have been featured on Reading Rainbow. She lives in Binghamton, New York.After a twenty-year career as an award-winning art director, MATTHEW MYERS discovered his true vocation—illustrating picture books. He now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.