THE TYRANNOSAURUS GAME by Steven Kroll

THE TYRANNOSAURUS GAME

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

A rainy day at school turns a dozen restless children into master storytellers. Students stare out the window at the falling rain in dismay, until the teacher suggests a game. Next thing you know, the students are sitting in a circle, crisscross-applesauce, and Jimmy begins an exciting story that begins with a Tyrannosaurus rex disrupting Saturday morning by crashing through the window. Ava picks up the thread, having the hungry dinosaur gobble up the family’s breakfast. And so around the circle it goes, to Susan and Roberto and Rusty and the rest. Jason ends it with a citywide search for the creature on the loose (and there’s a rib-tickling surprise on the final page). Schindler’s ink, gouache and watercolor illustrations are smile-inducing, extending the simple story visually. As the story continues, spread by spread, the next teller appears in a wavy-outlined inset on the bottom right, while the action described plays out across the spread, with lots of sharp teeth and debris to fill the scene. Listeners might be induced to create their own collective yarns after seeing this one. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5603-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2010




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