T. Rex and the Mother's Day Hug
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T. Rex and the Mother's Day Hug

by Lois G. Grambling, Jack E. Davis
     
 

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Mother's Day is here, and T. Rex wants to plan something extra special for his mama. He really wants to do something instead of just giving something. T. Rex is sure he has a perfect gift idea, but will Mama Rex love it, too?

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Mother's Day is here, and T. Rex wants to plan something extra special for his mama. He really wants to do something instead of just giving something. T. Rex is sure he has a perfect gift idea, but will Mama Rex love it, too?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Grambling's text and Davis's cartoon-like exaggerations showing Mamma T with earrings and her son dressed for play in cargo shorts make it clear this is yet another tale in which the most ferocious of dinosaurs is presented more as an endearing menace than a full grown terrible tyrant. In this case, young T. wants to give his mother something very special for Mother's Day, although she insists she would be happy to settle for a big hug. T. remembers how some previous efforts turned into disasters but nonetheless paints up his mother's car in a fashion that clearly gives her pause; however, he also gives her a big hug, which is supposed to make everything all right. Young children who like a bit of mischief are likely to enjoy the first go through, but there is not much substance to return to, so you might as well wait for the paperback. You might also find a way to put the story to good use by using it to trigger a discussion about giving or getting unwanted presents. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2- T. Rex never buys his mother a Mother's Day present. Instead, he likes to do something for her. Mama tries to head him off this year by saying that all she wants is a hug, but he is determined to do something special for her. Trying to outdo his previous presents of a disastrous wallpapering job and redecorating the living room with ferns from the swamp, T. Rex spies Mam's red convertible and decides to give it a makeover. He and his dinosaur buddies hammer, paste, and paint until the car looks completely different. Mam's shocked face softens into a smile when her son gives her a big hug and she remembers that, thankfully, Mother's Day comes only once a year. Davis's jaunty cartoon illustrations bring these less-than-extinct dinosaurs alive. This fun read-aloud will tickle young children as they prepare for Mother's Day themselves.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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Kirkus Reviews
First, give young T. Rex credit: He'd rather do something for Mama Rex on Mother's Day than simply go drop some dinosaur dollars on a gift. Then again, his gestures have a way of backfiring. His attempt at decorating the living room turned it into a swamp (which might have been cool if you were a brontosaurus, but not a T. rex), and wallpapering the dining room was not a great success, either, especially when he papered over the windows as well as his aunt. Memories of these well-intentioned fiascos have Mama Rex quivering, "A Mother's Day hug would make me very happy, dear!" But T. Rex wants to do more, and another modest disaster unfolds when he decides to decorate her car. Gentle good humor and kindliness rolls through these pages, and then Davis applies his exaggerated angles and hot colors with toothy grins for all. Though the story has a foregone conclusion, Grambling adds a challenging dollop here and there for readers. The challenge for adults will be to keep their antics from becoming inspirational. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060531287
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
362,336
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lois G. Grambling has written numerous award-winning picture books, including Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please!?, illustrated by H. B. Lewis; The Witch Who Wanted to be a Princess, illustrated by Judy Love; and Daddy Will be There, illustrated by Walter G. Kessel. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, Arthur.

Jack E. Davis has illustrated two picture books by Daniel Pinkwater: The Picture of Morty and Ray and Yo-yo Man. Other books he has illustrated include the New York Times bestseller Marsupial Sue by John Lithgow. He is a recipient of the New York Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Award for Humor. He lives and paints goofy pictures in Port Townsend, Washington.

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