No T Rex In The Library


Tess and her mom are visiting the library. Tess has forgotten her library manners, and her mother sends her for a 10-minute Time Out. What is supposed to be a quiet time is anything but when a dinosaur leaps out of his book and starts terrorizing the library. When he starts ripping up books, Tess decides it is time to put a stop to this beastie behavior. Can she do it?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids will love the dinosaur and his friends and their library antics. Boys and girls both will recognize themselves in Tess.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter giggled her way through this story. She loved the idea of a characters coming to life and was anxious to see who was coming next and what they were doing. She loved the idea of knights doing synchronized swimming.

Parent Reaction

This is a fun story to read. The author artfully weaves together the power of a book (and how it can transport you anywhere) and the proper behavior for the library. My only disappointment was that when you get to the end, you're not sure what really happened ... was she reading the books from the cart in Time Out or was she just imagining what she'd find in a book.

Type of Book:
This picture book offers a story about imagination, reading, and how to behave in the library.
Educational Themes:

This is a story that lets you talk about library manners, but goes well beyond it and encourages kids to bring their books to life with their imagination.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 7
Age of child:
Read with and by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is a fun book that you're likely to read a bunch of times!

Title No T Rex in the Library
Author Toni Buzzeo
Publisher Margaret K. McElderry Books © 2010
Illustrators Sachiko Yoshikawa
ISBN 9781416939276
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
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