T. Rex Trick-or-Treats
Lois G. Grambling & Jack E. Davis
Katherine Tegen, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
hat is cuter than a bunch of dinosaurs going trick-or-treating? T-Rex is planning to go out for Halloween with his other dinosaur friends, but he cannot seem to decide what to wear. He wants to be as scary as possible, but each time he dreams up an idea for a costume, he recalls that one of his friends has already beat him to the punch with that same idea.
hen his friends arrive, T. Rex is frowning over his dilemma. Seeing how scary he looks when he is upset, his friends convince him that he should just go as himself, but should wear a big frown. This seems to satisfy him, but while trick or treating, he ends up having so much fun that his frown turns into a smile. Ironically, his smile, revealing his huge, sharp teeth, proves to be scarier than his frown.
hildren will delight in the dinosaurs' attempts to be scary, even though they do not need costumes to do so. The book's appeal, however, lies not so much in the storyline, but in the cartoon-like illustrations. Davis' dinosaurs are portrayed as having innocent, even slightly goofy expressions, which, of course, is in contrast to their goal. The details are terrific and numerous. This is a book without a deep message, one to be enjoyed just for the fun of it.
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