A nearsighted T. Rex stumbles into a chain of calamities after losing his eyeglasses.
Mr. Magoo has nothing on this poor dino: “He went to give himself a wash, / but could not find the basin… // …and so the toilet was the place / that T-Rex washed his face in.” He also dons his sister’s undies and mistakes Grandpa’s slippers for his breakfast kippers. Diverse misadventures later he manages to lose the spectacles for good in his lunch—either eating them (according to the text) or obliviously chucking them away with the bones (in the picture). Ross reinforces the haplessness of his ungainly unfortunate by dressing him in saggy blue trousers, and he has the dino react to each blunder with squinty imperturbability…until, that is, the T. Rex runs to hug what he thinks is his own mom and turns out to be clutching the leg of a much bigger, toothier, more predatory parent. Whoopsie. Well, readers familiar with Willis and Ross’ more naturalistic little fables, such as Tadpole’s Promise (2005), won’t be surprised.
A comic episode with a bit of a bite (implied, not explicit) at the end. (Picture book. 6-8)