T-Rex Is Missing! (Barkers Series)

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Morgie's favorite dino, T-Rex, is missing, and Morgie thinks that his best friend Billy may have taken it. Once again, Tomie dePaola has written a funny and easy-to-read story about two of the hardest words in the English language-"I'm sorry."

Morgie accuses his best friend of taking his favorite dinosaur toy without asking, and then he finds that he must apologize.

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Morgie's favorite dino, T-Rex, is missing, and Morgie thinks that his best friend Billy may have taken it. Once again, Tomie dePaola has written a funny and easy-to-read story about two of the hardest words in the English language-"I'm sorry."

Morgie accuses his best friend of taking his favorite dinosaur toy without asking, and then he finds that he must apologize.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Morgie and his best friend Billy love playing with the dinosaurs. After Billy goes home, T-Rex comes up missing and Morgie assumes that his friend has taken the toy without permission. This creates a rift between them. Imagine Morgie's chagrin when T-Rex shows up on his bed. It turns out that his little brother, not Billy, was the culprit. After making an apology, the two are once again friends. The lesson goes down fairly easily and Billy seems to be pretty gracious. This is another offering in the "All Aboard Reading" series featuring the Barkers. Among the major draws are the amusing drawings by kid-favorite author/illustrator Tomie DePaola. The opening page contains a note about the series and the different levels. The book is level Station Stop 1. 2002, Grosset and Dunlap,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1-2-A "lost" toy dinosaur causes an ugly rift between friends as one blames the other for its disappearance. The contretemps continues at school, but later Morgie discovers his younger brother had "borrowed" T-Rex as a bed companion. Embarrassed, he apologizes to Billy, and all is forgiven. (Morgie and family have golden-tan caninelike heads; Billy appears to be a white rabbit.) DePaola's simple text is geared to beginning readers, his softly colored signature illustrations have his distinctive appeal, and the inclusion of T-Rex guarantees an audience. A start off, perhaps, for classroom discussion, or a lesson about jumping to conclusions.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448428703
  • Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Barkers Series
  • Edition description: Station Stop 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 481,576
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola is among the best-loved author/illustrators of children's books.

Biography

Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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