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#blogbookaday: Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken

19 Feb

26158345.jpgSummary:  “Tyrannosaurus Rex wants breakfast. He stomps and he roars and he gnashes his teeth―and he scares all the other dinosaurs right out of the forest.

Only Edna, the very first chicken, is unafraid. She won’t let that bully T. rex push her around! But will Edna’s mighty beak and terrible flapping wings be a match for T. rex’s mighty claws and terrible jaws?

This hilarious tale of bravery will have readers clucking in triumph!

Jed Henry’s charming illustrations accompany Douglas Rees’ upROARious tale.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This starts out like most dino books do – with the T. Rex hungry and looking for something to eat. But, then that’s where this story take a little turn – he comes across Edna, a chicken. In fact, the very first chicken there ever was and the T. Rex expects that he should be able to eat her… but he doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into as Edna is one smart chicken. I though the adorable illustrations paired perfectly with the text of a dinosaur who finally meets his match. I’m also really glad that the author included a note after the story ended explaining that chickens did not live at the same time as the dinosaurs, but that birds and dinos lived during the same time period.

Personal Reaction: I love a good dino story, I mean, who doesn’t? And this story has it all – a ferocious T. Rex, fun dinosaur names that kids will always be able to pronounce better than you and a fierce little chicken who became the protector of all dinosaurs. This story is sure to be one that makes kids giggle and maybe see chickens in a whole new light!

Title: Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna the Very First Chicken
Author: Douglas Rees
Illustrator: Jed Henry
Publisher: Henry Holt
Publication Date: September 26, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


#NF10for10 – Prehistoric from Dinosaurs to Cave Paintings

10 Feb


  1. Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton
  2. Dinosaurs Roar, Butterflies Soar! by Bob Barner
  3. Dinosaurs Galore! by Giles Andreae, illustrated by David Wojtowycz
  4. The Magic School Bus In The Time Of The Dinosaurs by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Bruce Degen
  5. Jurassic Poop: What Dinosaurs (and Others) Left Behind by Jacob Berkowitz, illustrated by Steve Mack
  6. Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
  7. Fossil by Bill Thomson
  8. Mammoths on the Move by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
  9. The First Drawing by Mordicai Gerstein
  10. Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura


In 2010 Cathy and I hosted our first picture book event.  In 2013, Julie Balen suggested we add a nonfiction picture book event that worked the same.  Participants choose 10 – well, usually 10 (they’re a crafty bunch) – nonfiction picture books to share.  On the day of the event, we’ll ask that you visit the Google Community site to add your nonfiction link to the 2018 #nf10for10 tab.
  • What:  10 nonfiction picture books you can’t live without.
  • Hashtag:  #nf10for10
  • Who:  Anyone interested — educators, media specialists, librarians, parents, and book lovers.
  • When:  Saturday, February 10th
  • Where:  All posts will be linked on the 2018 #nf10for10 page of our Picture Book 10 for 10 Google Community Site.
  • How:  Stop by our community site, join the community, and share your favorites on February 10th.

Picture Book Month: Dinosaurs

10 Nov

10“Everyone in town knew Edwina.” She was a friend to everyone – the kids playing in the park, the little old ladies crossing the street and if you didn’t fall into one of those groups – she baked chocolate chip cookies for everyone! The only problem was that Edwina was a dinosaur. And dinosaurs were extinct!

Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie was very smart and knew that dinosaurs were extinct, now he just had to convince everyone else… and Edwina herself! This is a fun story for adults and kids alike (and if you serve it up with a batch of ooey-gooey, right-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies, you’ll be in for a treat!
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Book Review: T. Veg: The Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur

14 Apr

71Cy65dyoBL._AC_UL320_SR284,320_Abrams Books for Young Readers sent me T. Veg: The Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by Katherina Manolessou to review.

“Reginald the T. Rex had a fierce and mighty roar!” He also happened to be a vegetarian T. Rex, choosing broccoli, beans, grapes, and greens. This is an interesting take on being a vegetarian – being different from his family and friends. There are few picture books about being vegetarian and I like how accessible this story is for young children – kids love dinos!

The story itself has a great rhyme and rhythm to it. I love rhyming books – they are so fun to read out loud. There was just one stanza that tripped me up, and it happens regularly in picture books. The word again being used to rhyme with games – and it may all depend on how you pronounce again, but it’s something that tripped me up the first time I read through the story.

The illustrations are bright and bold with pinks, oranges, greens and reds. The illustrator is also a printmaker which can be seen in the illustrators with print-like layers of colors which makes for very busy and exciting illustrations that would make for great conversation with children about food choice, healthy eating and what it means to be a friend.

Picture Book Month Theme: Dinosaurs

10 Nov


You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Dinosaurumpus! by Tony Mitton
  2. Brontorina by James Howe
  3. Dinosaurs Galore! by Giles Andreae
  4. Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields
  5. Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems
  6. Dinosaur Roar! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland
  7. I’m Bad! by Kate and Jim McMullan
  8. Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein
  9. The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell
  10. I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur by Stella Blackstone
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