REX WRECKS IT! by Ben Clanton


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Age Range: 3 - 6
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An overenthusiastic T. Rex does what dinos do best: wreak total destruction!

Gizmo the robot, Wild the monster and Sprinkles the pink unicorn bunny love to build. Then there’s Rex, a hyperactive green dinosaur, who likes to wreck everything they make. After some calculations, the threesome decides to build a structure so big it cannot be toppled. They do…but Rex does. The trio becomes incredibly angry, but after Rex’s truly contrite apology (his usual “RAWR” is now “rawry”), Gizmo realizes that if they build with Rex they’ll have the best structure ever: one they can all wreck! Rex is less a bully than simply a toddler stand-in, finding his fun in destruction and then, eventually, construction. The three friends’ solution to engage Rex in play rather than ostracize him is a welcome message of inclusion. In this light, Sprinkles’ early insult of “Blockhead” hits a sour note. The ink, pencil and watercolor art imbues Rex with a joyous energy. Characters are simple and friendly, their otherworldly aspects less interesting than their personalities. All told, a fine little fable.

You can’t hate a guy who’s having this much fun, and you can’t help but love a book that does the same. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6501-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2014


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