Synopses & Reviews
In this read-along picture book, a classroom full of young dinosaurs plays with toys, does art projects, and reads books. But each activity is another opportunity for the over-enthusiastic Tyrannosaurus Rex to wreak havoc. Parents and young children will love the call-and-response nature of the book, and young dinosaur fans will appreciate the listing (and pronunciation guide) for a dozen different dino species. The format is extra vertical in order to accommodate T. Rexandrsquo;s biggest messes.
Praise for Tyrannosaurus Wrecks
andquot;Punchy writing, an equally in-your-face palette, and OHoraandrsquo;s characteristically brash painting style make this as much a stompalong as a readaloud.andquot;
andquot;Along with the pleasure of pronouncing those multisyllabic dino names, young audiences may find food for thought in the behavioral dynamics on display.andquot;
andquot;Warmly colored with childlike bodies and emotive faces, Ohoraandrsquo;s dinosaurs are among the cutest you will come across in childrenandrsquo;s books.andquot;
andquot;The brief rhyming text, which scans well, tells a story with child appeal. There is a good balance of two-to-three word sentences with large, uncluttered illustrations, making the book a good choice for reading aloud. In their simplicity, the brightly colored pictures have the look of childrenandrsquo;s art, but they enhance the classroom setting appropriately with interesting details.andquot;
--School Library Journal
andquot;The shapely dinos, whose rough charcoal-style outlines and strong colors vividly contrast with the white or sometimes black backgrounds, are chunky and friendly in an eight-crayon-box color scheme and snazzy Peanuts-reminiscent outfits.andquot;
--Bulletin of the Center for Childrenandrsquo;s Books
andquot;Together the chanting rhythm, ragged lines, and setting of an un-chaperoned dinosaur class create a satisfyingly high-energy, primal read-aloud strongly reminiscent of Bob Sheaandrsquo;s and#39;Dinosaur vs.and#39; series.andquot;
--The Horn Book Magazine
Crack open this tale of family and fright, as cute as it is creepy. All the animals in the zoo have friends and family to play with and love. All of them, that is, except Quackenstein. Lonely and bitter in his ramshackle corner, he decides to adopt an egg. He cares for it diligently, waiting until the moment when it will hatch a baby duck of his own.
On a dark and stormy night, the egg hatches, Quackenstein cackles, and lightning strikes, but waitand#8212;whatand#8217;s this? That babyand#8217;s not a duck! What will he do? Where can he hide? And will Quackenstein ever find someone (or something) to cuddle? Sudipta Bardhan-Quallenand#8217;s clever rhyming text is perfectly paired with cute and spooky art from Brian T. Jones.
"Jones gleefully uses every clichand#233; in the book, from lurid lettering and backgrounds to effective use of silhouettes and shadows. Bardhan-Quallen, too, takes advantage of horror-movie tropes, but she also mixes in some instruction in the form of cumulative nouns for animals. The surprise twist at the end happily resolves Quackand#8217;s fatherless state." -Kirkus Reviews
In this spirited reworking of the classic song and#8220;The Twelve Days of Christmas,and#8221; Joy has to deal with her first Christmas with a new baby brotherand#8212;and nothing could be worse. He drools on the ornaments and ruins the presents, he eats all the cookies and smashes the snowmen, and heand#8217;s on the verge of taking over the whole holiday. Joyand#8217;s patience runs out as the babyand#8217;s mishaps pile up. A sweet surprise turns the tables on Joy, who eventually appreciates what her baby brother adds to the holiday.
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Ryan Wood pair perfectly for this funny holiday book with a sibling-appreciation message that will make readers laugh and sing along with every reading.
About the Author
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen visits schools to share her stories, and teaches writing. She lives in New Jersey with her three children. Visit her online at www.sudipta.com.
Brian T. Jones is a graduate of the Otis College of Art and Design whose work has appeared in the New Yorker. He lives in Pasadena, California. Visit him online at www.briantjones.com.