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Meet Linus—a Tyrannosaurus rex who is very brave, very tough, and very…vegetarian?

Ruth Ann Mackenzie knows everything about dinosaurs. She knows their names. She knows when they lived. And she certainly knows what they ate. So when she meets Linus, a towering, toothy T. rex who prefers picking vegetables to preying on his herbivorous neighbors, she’s not sure what to think....
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Overview

Meet Linus—a Tyrannosaurus rex who is very brave, very tough, and very…vegetarian?

Ruth Ann Mackenzie knows everything about dinosaurs. She knows their names. She knows when they lived. And she certainly knows what they ate. So when she meets Linus, a towering, toothy T. rex who prefers picking vegetables to preying on his herbivorous neighbors, she’s not sure what to think. Is something wrong with Linus? Or does Ruth Ann maybe, just maybe, not know everything there is to know about dinosaurs?

Dino lovers young and old will delight in this picture book chock-full of prehistoric personality—and don’t forget to search for the naughty velociraptor duo hidden throughout the book!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Ruth Ann knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs so when she meets Linus the affable blue T. Rex in a special display at the Museum of Natural History she is shocked to learn he is not a meat-eater. Arugula, broccoli, and tomatoes are more his style and he is friends with triceratopses and iguanodons. He would not think of eating them no matter how much Ruth Ann explains to him that he is a predator. But when two velociraptors attack, Linus roars his fiercest roar and saves Ruth Ann, proving he is big and brave, and just happens to be a vegetarian. Just what is the point of this story other than to confuse children? Purists will disavow a vegetarian T. Rex and the vegetables he eats were not part of the Cretaceous Period. Perhaps it was written to enlighten and to debunk the notion that vegetarians cannot be brave. The weakness of the tale is its lack of direction, but a strength is the full-page colorful illustrations that bring energy and whimsy to the obscure theme. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
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PreS-Gr 2—Ruth Ann MacKenzie is a proud member of the Museum of Natural History. Confident in her extensive knowledge of dinosaurs, she is eager to explore the Cretaceous Surprises exhibit. Stepping behind a gold curtain, she meets a big blue Tyrannosaurus rex named Linus. He takes her on a tour while hunting for his lunch. To Ruth Ann's amazement, he attacks a patch of arugula, stalks some "yummy broccoli," and pounces on "a plump tomato." Linus is a vegetarian. Along the way, they greet some of his dinosaur friends. Ruth Ann wants to know why Linus isn't acting like a fierce predator until they are approached by some scary velociraptors, and he frightens them away with a convincing roar. Linus proclaims, "I'm just me-a very big, very brave, very vegetarian Tyrannosaurus rex!" Neubecker created the character of Linus after reading an article about the Falcarius utahensis, a dinosaur that evolved from a meat eater to a vegetarian. The illustrations are digitally colored India ink drawings of smiling dinos in their prehistoric habitat. Fans of the T. rex and triceratops may enjoy this title paired with The Dinosaur Museum (National Geographic, 2008) to learn more about these fascinating creatures.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442481879
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Edition description: No Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • File size: 29 MB
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Meet the Author

Robert Neubecker
Robert Neubecker is the author and illustrator of Linus the Vegetarian T. Rex and of his own Wow! series. He is also the award-winning illustrator of Shiver Me Timbers by Douglas Florian, Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth by Sarah Weeks, I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow, and Monsters on Machines by Deb Lund. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Robert also illustrates for the New York Times and Slate magazine. After twenty years in Manhattan, he and his family live in Park City, Utah. Visit Robert at Neubecker.com.
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