T-Rex Trick-or-Treats

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It's the darkest, scariest night of the year . . .

and T. Rex can't decide what he wants to be for Halloween. Everything he thinks of just isn't uniquely frightening enough. Join T. Rex and his friends as he tries to figure out the perfect SCARY costume for trick-or-treating. Is it a bat? Or a cat? Or maybe a jack-o'-lantern?

Lois G. Grambling and Jack E. Davis's delightful, FRIGHTFUL tale teaches that ...

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Overview

It's the darkest, scariest night of the year . . .

and T. Rex can't decide what he wants to be for Halloween. Everything he thinks of just isn't uniquely frightening enough. Join T. Rex and his friends as he tries to figure out the perfect SCARY costume for trick-or-treating. Is it a bat? Or a cat? Or maybe a jack-o'-lantern?

Lois G. Grambling and Jack E. Davis's delightful, FRIGHTFUL tale teaches that sometimes, what you need just might be in the last place you look — yourself.

A Tyrannosaurus rex cannot decide what kind of costume to wear on Halloween night.

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Editorial Reviews

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T. Rex's search for an original Halloween disguise teaches him an important lesson about being himself. A cute picture book about a prehistoric monster that all kids love.
Booklist
“Grambling’s mouth–tickling adjectives are right on target for her audience.”
Publishers Weekly
In this tongue-in-cheek crowd pleaser, T. Rex wants a costume that will "make him look scary." Sadly, his friends Diplodocus, Stegosaurus and Iguanodon have taken all the best ideas. "Decide soon or all the treats will be gone!" Iguanodon wails. Davis's (Bedhead) witty thought bubbles picture T. Rex envisioning himself in a bat, cat or pumpkin costume before rejecting each. "Maybe you should go... as yourself, wearing just that very big frown," the reptiles recommend, looking a little nervous. Grambling (Shoo! Scat!) achieves a level of comic irony that dino fans can appreciate, and T. Rex's treat-eating smile turns out to be just as frightening (and funny) as his frown. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
It is Halloween and T. Rex is going trick-or-treating, but he cannot figure out what to wear to make him look scary! T. Rex thinks about wearing a white sheet, but then remembers his friend is going to wear a white sheet and be a ghost. He thinks about wearing something with bones and being a skeleton, but another friend is going to wear something with bones and be a skeleton. Soon T. Rex's friends arrive and try to give him advice on what to wear. Nothing seems scary enough. Then the friends suggest T. Rex go trick-or-treating as himself with a frown. T. Rex tries it, but soon he forgets to frown and smiles instead. T Rex's smile scares some trick-or-treaters and his friends tell him next Halloween he should go as himself with a smile! Young readers will love this fun, fresh Halloween story. The creative illustrations along with a well-crafted story make this story a great choice for a child, parent, classroom or library. 2005, Katherine Tegan Books/Harper Collins, Ages 3 to 6.
—Mindy Hardwick
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-It is Halloween night, and T. Rex cannot decide what to wear. All of his pals have taken the best and scariest costumes-ghost, witch, skeleton. He wants to be really scary, and when his friends' suggestions result in a Very Big Frown, T. Rex is convinced that he is frightening enough as is. The story is slight, yet it will satisfy young listeners. Davis has created a nonthreatening dino world with his cartoonlike line-and-watercolor illustrations. Children will enjoy poring over details in the illustrations, but the occasional sharp-eyed parent may object to the unwrapped, home-baked treats that the dinos and kids have stuffed into their treat bags. The attractive cover will make this an easy sell; all in all, it's a fun addition to Halloween collections.-Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Giving Davis plenty of chances to show a very toothy T. Rex sending hapless trick-or-treaters fleeing in pop-eyed terror, Grambling crafts a tale of an increasingly frustrated dino unable to settle on a sufficiently scary Halloween costume. Not that he needs the disguise; dripping, shark-like dentifrice to the fore, T. Rex not only elicits screams from the costumed children who come to the door, he even makes his vegetarian buddies Stegosaurus, Diplodocus and Iguanodon nervous. When they convince him at last just to go out as himself, T. Rex exchanges his frown for a smile-that has an even more traumatic effect on everyone. Here's a holiday tale sure to leave young audiences with toothy grins of their own. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060502539
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/6/2005
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 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.

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