TOM by Daniel Torres


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Age Range: 3 - 8
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 Torres's first book is a big tribute to New York City and a little satire about the superficiality of the public's taste in art, wrapped in a story about a dinosaur. Unlike his predecessor Dinosaur Bob, Tom has no family Lazardo to smooth his way in a new land, until he meets Billy. The boy is the driving force behind Tom's rise as a pop artist and a compassionate friend when it is time for the dinosaur, his eyes to the sea, to sail. This is a book for the eyes, and Manhattan is its star in page after page of extraordinarily complicated, extremely precise cityscapes. Dozens of comic scenes take place at once; many of the illustrations are really little more than highly detailed architectural drawings with a dinosaur in the middle. The pictures amaze and astonish, whether readers follow the mild story or not. Then again, this book is supposed to be about art, so maybe the words don't matter. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-670-86665-2
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1996