Tyson the Terrible

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Stegg, Serra, and Plod are playing soccer when they suddenly hear BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! in the distance. This can only mean one thing, of course: Tyson the Terrible is coming! With his scaly skin, horrible horns, and gigantic jaws, he's the biggest, meanest, scariest dinosaur around! These dinosaurs better run for cover before Tyson gets there . . . shouldn't they? With bold illustrations that saturate every page and a surprising pop-up ending, this is a story that begs to be read ...

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Overview

Stegg, Serra, and Plod are playing soccer when they suddenly hear BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! in the distance. This can only mean one thing, of course: Tyson the Terrible is coming! With his scaly skin, horrible horns, and gigantic jaws, he's the biggest, meanest, scariest dinosaur around! These dinosaurs better run for cover before Tyson gets there . . . shouldn't they? With bold illustrations that saturate every page and a surprising pop-up ending, this is a story that begs to be read aloud.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Three soccer-playing dinosaurs are disconcerted to hear a "boom, boom, boom" that announces the arrival of Tyson the Terrible. None of the three have met him, but everyone has a heard about how absolutely scary and horrible he is. In fact, a tiny little tyrannosaurus shows up, sobbing that no one ever wants to play with him. The three invite the tiny creature to play with them; he accepts and asks if his brother can join them. The final page introduces a pop up Tyson who is just as big and fierce as he was rumored to be. It is an interesting twist to what appeared to be a conventional moral tale about the importance of waiting to meet someone before believing the worst. The illustrations keep the tone upbeat and light. The cartoonish dinosaurs are very brightly colored with a cartoon feel. The type becomes part of the storytelling, with the size changing to indicate emphasis or volume. The pages are heavy stock and the text is limited to make the story suitable for preschoolers—who are always ready to read about dinosaurs.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2
Three dinosaur playmates fear fierce Tyson and share rumors of his terrifying reputation. As "Boom...Boom...Boom" sounds in the distance, they realize he is getting closer and their shaking increases. The booms turn to sobs as a tiny tyrannosaurus appears and bemoans his lack of playmates. When the three friends realize he is harmless, they invite him and his "little" brother to join them in a game of soccer, only to meet the real Tyson. With its vivid, saturated complementary colors and bold black outlines, the cover art of a toothsome and terrible Tyson would be compelling to any primary reader, not just the dinophiles. Thick card stock pages are pleasantly firm and easy to turn. Illustrations of the three friends are consistent and identifiable, with increasingly frightened expressions and "gasps" as Tyson appears in a full-spread foldout. The dialogue is set in bold, black type with Tyson's terrible traits emphasized by suitably "scary" and "horrible" font styles. With its kid-friendly format, cheerful colors, and laugh-aloud ending, Tyson is a definite crowd pleaser with "read it again!" appeal.
—Lynne MatternCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
All the other dinosaurs fear the arrival of the tyrannosaurus. Three colorful dinosaurs, Stegg and Serra and Plod, are playing soccer when they hear the faraway "BOOM BOOM BOOM" that signals possible trouble. Purple Stegg says it's Tyson the Terrible, who has horrible horns and evil eyes and gigantic jaws (all documented in the latest issue of Dinosaur Weekly). He spies the green creature in the distance through his "bin-rock-ulars." When the dreaded dinosaur arrives, he's a tiny beast, wailing and crying because nobody wants to play with him. The others approach and question him and, much relieved, ask him to join their soccer game. The tiny tyrannosaurus accepts, and asks if his brother can play too. The last page reveals a big pop-up surprise that young listeners just might anticipate. Brightly painted illustrations, in a spectrum of colors, add appeal. A bouncy little tale with a winning finale. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582347349
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,188,429
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Husband-and-wife team Christyan and Diane Fox are the creators of many children's books, including the Piggywiggy series. This is their first book for Bloomsbury.

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