Tea Rex

Tea Rex

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by Molly Idle, Suehyla El-Attar
     
 

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Some tea parties are for grown-ups.
Some are for girls.
But this tea party is for a very special guest.
And it is important to follow some rules . . .
like providing comfortable chairs,
and good conversation,
and yummy food.
But sometimes that is not enough for special guests,
especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . .… See more details below

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Overview

Some tea parties are for grown-ups.
Some are for girls.
But this tea party is for a very special guest.
And it is important to follow some rules . . .
like providing comfortable chairs,
and good conversation,
and yummy food.
But sometimes that is not enough for special guests,
especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . .

Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that just about any child would love to have to tea!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Children know how dinosaurs say goodnight, but what’s the drill when one of them comes to tea? Idle (Flora and the Flamingo) explains it all, mining the comic chasm between a briskly genteel narrator and a fanciful reality. “When hosting an afternoon tea for a special friend—greet your guest at the door,” she instructs, as a girl and her younger brother, dressed in their Sunday best, welcome a huge green tyrannosaurus (its belly fills the doorframe while its beady, eager eyes peer through a half-circle window at the top). This isn’t going to be easy, but the creature is game, settling its humongous bottom onto an alarmingly petite chair and pouring with gusto, if not grace. The dainty, uniformly light colors, coupled with the dinosaur’s velveteenlike texture, can make some of the story’s many funny moments a bit difficult to discern at first glance. But Idle has a gift for comic composition, and her precise pencil linework and tidy borders exude a sense of authority and propriety worthy of Miss Manners, imposing order and decorum on the increasingly chaotic scenes. Ages 3–5. Agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Miss Manners would approve of this perfectly appointed, perfectly charming tea party. The attendee list is small: Big Sister, Little Brother, Teddy Bear and...whoa! Tyrannosaurus Rex, the omnivorous dinosaur? Mr. T-Rex is a tricky guest, indeed, yet rigorous etiquette is observed, from proper greetings and introductions to appropriately boring small talk, saved from total tedium by Little Brother's adroit spoon tricks. Molly Idle creates her illustrations with Prismacolor pencils on vellum-finish Bristol, ideal for the greenish-plush, hulking, but still genial T-Rex, who is decked out in his polka-dot bowtie. Her years with DreamWorks Animation can be seen influencing her comfortably Disney-like rendition of the two siblings. Idle's Victorian parlor setting—complete with gramophone and striped wallpaper—becomes an evocative staging for the affair. And her tongue-in-cheek etiquette book-style commentary atop each spread creates a droll counterpoint to the silent chaos ensuing below. (No! One does not eat a fellow guest, Mr. T!) Reinforced binding will help with the book's longevity, so a good time can be had by readers and listeners again and again. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A droll narrator gives clear instructions for hosting a successful tea party. Meanwhile the colored-pencil illustrations show a gathering teetering on disaster with every page turn as the guest of honor is none other than an enormous Tyrannosaurus rex. The soft pastel hues and rounded shapes keep this dinosaur more large and bumbling than fierce or scary, but the child's teddy bear suffers a few close calls. Etiquette advice focuses on putting guests at ease: "It's good to have extra cups and napkins on hand… as accidents can happen. But a good host meets these little challenges with a cheerful smile…," and all of the guests survive unharmed, if rather rumpled, and delighted with the return invitation from the dinosaur. The tension between the text and illustrations provides much to amuse the youngest tea-party hosts.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Emily Post herself could not come up with a more proper set of guidelines for entertaining a visitor from the Cretaceous. Except for opening and closing invitations, the text is made up entirely of words of sage advice, while the illustrations tell the riotous story. Cordelia and her teddy-clutching younger brother host a polite, if not entirely trained, T-Rex at their tea party. At first, things go well, with the toothy guest shaking hands all around and devouring cakes and treats. The party quickly disintegrates, however, when the hostess' hat proves to be the only possible adequate teacup, the teddy barely escapes several dire fates, and some raucous dancing leads to a busted home. Fortunately--and properly--the T-Rex makes sure to return the invite, and our young heroes party with all their favorite dinos. Idle makes full use of the ironic juxtaposition of meat-eater against tea etiquette, mining the humor of it for all it's worth. Created by surprisingly bright colored pencils, each scene glows. Idle's smallest details are where the true pleasure lies, as when the hostess bores her guests with talk of begonias, and the T-Rex surreptitiously checks the watch on his tiny little wrist. Sure to be enjoyed by tea-party enthusiasts, and even dino fans with no use for a teapot will find themselves drawn to this clever tale of a not-entirely-civilized beast of the past. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101628553
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,310,191
File size:
18 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Praise for Tea Rex by Molly Idle:

"Sure to be enjoyed by tea-party enthusiasts, and even dino fans with no use for a teapot will find themselves drawn to this clever tale of a not-entirely-civilized beast of the past."  —Kirkus 

“…Idle has a gift for comic composition...” —Publishers Weekly

"The tension between the text and illustrations provides much to amuse the youngest tea-party hosts." —School Library Journal

"A fine example of how words and pictures can lock horns to charming effect." —Booklist

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