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by Simon James
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2016 (2016)
*   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Children's books don't usually elicit a totally negatively reaction from me, although I naturally find some more pleasing than others. This volume by Simon James is the exception, though. When a little tyrannosaurus decides to emulate an adult male whom he believes is his father, I found the little guy's antics totally unacceptable.

Granted the T-rex was a fearsome dinosaur who reputedly was rather nasty but I don't need to see this little guy rip up trees, try to bully other creatures and generally be an unpleasant character. In fact, when some other dinosaurs try to bully him I wasn't the least bit sympathetic.

Perhaps it is the age we live in or the violent events that have captured the recent media, but I am tired of seeing how unfeeling and barbaric we can be to one another. God knows I don't need a children's picture book to reinforce this type of totally unacceptable behavior.

Of course, I am probably overreacting and being totally unfair to this book's author, but I did not find this book 'a heartwarming story about a surprising dinosaur stepdad'. So it will never end up on my granddaughter's bookshelf even though she does like to page through the occasional book on dinosaurs!

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