The Voyage of Turtle Rex

The Voyage of Turtle Rex

by Kurt Cyrus
     
 

Sploosh! Fizz! Swish! The prehistoric ocean is a dangerous place for a baby sea turtle. But after she emerges from her egg, the treacherous waters are her goal. Swimming through the swirling waves and dodging larger sea creatures, she finds a resting place deep below. There she waits, until she grows into the majestic sea turtle that returns

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Overview

Sploosh! Fizz! Swish! The prehistoric ocean is a dangerous place for a baby sea turtle. But after she emerges from her egg, the treacherous waters are her goal. Swimming through the swirling waves and dodging larger sea creatures, she finds a resting place deep below. There she waits, until she grows into the majestic sea turtle that returns to the sand to lay her eggs and begin the cycle again.

This journey of a small creature in the oceanic world of the dinosaurs is a perfect mix of scientific integrity and dramatic storytelling.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this companion to Tadpole Rex, a prehistoric turtle hatches on a "primeval beach" and slips beneath the waves. Cyrus's illustrations incorporate dramatic scale, movement, and majesty: the spreads are a marvel of lighting and texture, as swirling ocean and sky symbolize the passage of time ("The hatchling who hid in the seaweed was gone.../ grown to a two-ton archelon"). As the turtle treads the starlit sea after laying her eggs, Cyrus comments on species loss: "Gone is that sea and the creatures it knew./ Archelon. Mosasaur. Pterosaur, too./ Gone is the plesiosaur's clam-cracking smile.../ but full-body helmets are still in style." A moving and truly epic journey. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)
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"Like its subject, the rhymed text moves with grand deliberation, carrying the primeval story line to a clever transition between that ancient era and ours....Never has time travel been so easy or so immersive."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"In this companion to Tadpole Rex, a prehistoric turtle hatches on a 'primeval beach' and slips beneath the waves. Cyrus's illustrations incorporate dramatic scale, movement, and majesty: the spreads are a marvel of lighting and texture… A moving and truly epic journey."."—Publishers Weekly, starred review


"The book will hook insatiable young dinosaur fanatics looking for readable, factual stories."—School Library Journal, starred review

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Prehistoric sea turtles the size of African rhinos? In smoothly rhyming, informative verse Kurt Cyrus tells of the 15-foot, two-ton turtles that lived during the time of Tyrannosaurus rex. Cyrus's dramatic seascapes position the giant turtle amongst her dinosaur peers, as she swims with the long-necked plesiosaurs and dodges the massive mosasaur. Cyrus opens the book compellingly—"[d]eep in the dunes of a long-ago shore/the leathery shell of a turtle egg tore"—and ends with a look at the modern speckled, spotted, leathery and soft descendants of that grand reptile. The stunning images come full circle, from a single prehistoric hatchling in brown-speckled sand to its tiny 21st century counterpart struggling through sand to the sea. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Nestled in the sand of the title page, a clutch of eggs begins to crack. They are sea-turtle eggs, but from another time, as hinted at by the giant clawed foot just visible at the top. A young turtle emerges and crosses the sand under the shadow of a Tyrannosaurus rex whose interest has been captured by a pair of unidentified small, red dinosaurs. She slips into the sea and a world of sharp teeth: sharks, plesiosaurs, and mosasaurs. She hides away in a lush kelp forest and returns years later to lay her own eggs. The book ends with a nod to the varieties of turtles and tortoises alive today, and a note about the dangers facing them. Told in rhyming text, the story bounces along with only a few minor hitches, though adult readers may stumble on a few of the dinosaur names. Oversize pages give satisfying scale to the dinosaurs, which are illustrated in a realistic style. Subdued blues, greens, and browns dominate the palette. The book will hook insatiable young dinosaur fanatics looking for readable, factual stories.—Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
Kirkus Reviews

In a life-cycle arc paralleling the one in Cyrus' Tadpole Rex (2008), a tiny prehistoric ancestor to modern sea turtles hatches from a buried egg, scuttles across a beach into the sea, survives multiple hazards to grow into a mighty two-ton Archelon and then in season returns to shore to lay a clutch of her own. Injecting plenty of drama into his beach and sunlit undersea scenes with sudden close-ups and changes of scale, the illustrator vividly captures the hatchling's vulnerability as she passes with her sibs beneath a towering T. Rex only to discover a world of toothy predators beneath the ocean's rolling surface. And even full grown, though she can glide unheeding past sharks and even plesiosaurs, an encounter with a mosasaur "massive and dark: / muncher of archelon, / gulper of shark" sends her sliding hastily down to concealment in the billowing bottom sands. Like its subject, the rhymed text moves with grand deliberation, carrying the primeval story line to a clever transition between that ancient era and ours: "Gone is that sea and the creatures it knew. / Archelon. Mosasaur. Pterosaur, too. / Gone is the plesiosaur's clam-cracking smile... / but full-body helmets are still in style" as "shells of all fashions continue to girdle / the middle of many a tortoise and turtle." Never has time travel been so easy or so immersive. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547429243
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/04/2011
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
661,718
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


KURT CYRUS is the illustrator of M. T. Anderson's Whales on Stilts, and The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen. He lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

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