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T IS FOR TERRIBLE by Peter McCarty


by Peter McCarty & illustrated by Peter McCarty

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-8050-7404-X
Publisher: Henry Holt

McCarty uses the soft, rounded forms and muted colors of his Caldecott Honor–winning Hondo and Fabian (2002) to similarly tongue-in-cheek effect. Here, Tyrannosaurus Rex makes a bid for sympathy: didn’t he come from a humble little egg? Didn’t he too have a mother? Can he help it if the ground shakes when he runs, or that he’s just not cut out to be a vegetarian? Children may chortle at the repeated scenes of T. Rex toothily attempting to justify himself to smaller, cowed-looking prey—or maybe not: the humor of the disconnect between the art’s harmonious, gentle look and the true nature of the creatures portrayed may be more apparent to sophisticated sensibilities. (Picture book. 6-8)