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T. Rex at Swan Lake
     

T. Rex at Swan Lake

by Lisa Carrier, Lenore Hart, Chris L. Demarest (Illustrator)
 
After ninety-nine years of being on display at the Natural History Museum, T. Rex&150a dinosaur skeleton&150is bored. She yearns for the days when she used to leap in meadows and tiptoe through streams. When she overhears two museum visitors discussing a performance of Swan Lake, T. Rex gets a wonderful idea: she will dance in the ballet!

Overview

After ninety-nine years of being on display at the Natural History Museum, T. Rex&150a dinosaur skeleton&150is bored. She yearns for the days when she used to leap in meadows and tiptoe through streams. When she overhears two museum visitors discussing a performance of Swan Lake, T. Rex gets a wonderful idea: she will dance in the ballet! Author Biography: This is Lisa Carrier's first book.
Lenore Hart is the author of an adult novel, Waterwoman (Berkley).
Chris Demarest is the award-winning illustrator and author-illustrator of more than one hundred titles, including The New York Times Top Ten Picture Book Firefighters A to Z.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Two first-time authors team up for this oddball story about a dinosaur skeleton who escapes from a museum to star in a performance of Swan Lake. Like Godzilla in the city, T. Rex causes havoc-both on-stage and off. Most of the time the text feels labored-the voice is not consistent and the overlong text seems more complicated than the format allows. Strained metaphors (the ballerinas "swirled like fish caught in a current") and the narrator's messages ("being a star wasn't always enough") are less successful than the more infrequent, direct dialogue ("I'm sorry. Terribly clumsy of me.... Love your outfit," T. Rex says to the conductor as she leaps by mistake into the orchestra pit). Demarest, working in the looser style of his Princess and the Pea pop-up, adds lots of funny details, but his watercolors can be so cluttered that they fail to make the action clear. Some kids will relish that the monster-size skeleton, all of Demarest's comic touches notwithstanding, can't help looking scary as it towers over the crowds, and that the vacant eye sockets look similarly spooky. But those same kids might not be up for a book with a pink jacket or a climax involving 32 "perfect pirouettes" and 16 "dainty cat steps." The dance crowd, conversely, might not go for the dino fantasy. Ages 3-up. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
After ninety-nine years of being on display at the Dinosaur Hall of the Natural History Museum, T-Rex is ready for a change of pace. One day, T-Rex overhears two ladies talking about the upcoming production of "Swan Lake" two blocks away at the Opera House. T-Rex decides that it is exactly the type of thing that might make her feel better. She flexes her knees and frees herself from the museum bolts and is on her way downtown in a flash. Her journey into daylight causes quite a stir, of course. Once she reaches the Opera House, she finds just the atmosphere she had hope to find. The music, the ballerinas, the dance, it all looks fabulous. But poor T-Rex doesn't have a costume. Thankfully, an extra large tutu, stretched to the max, allows her to make a dramatic entrance. If you have a child who loves the ballet and/or dinosaurs this is a great read. T-Rex's adventure at the ballet is delightful and absolute fun. 2004, Dutton's Children Books, Ages 3 to 10.
—Barbara Youngblood
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A T. Rex skeleton at the Natural History Museum decides that she is bored after 99 years of visitors. Overhearing a conversation about ballet, she surmises that this may be the change she has been looking for and goes to check out Swan Lake at the opera house. Fascinated, the dinosaur joins the dancers onstage and after some difficulties manages to dazzle the crowd with her leaps and twirls. This night on the town ends with her return to the museum, where she anticipates Christmas and the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The colorful, animated illustrations capture the gargantuan enthusiasm of this angular ballerina. She exudes a certain charm and determination as she sends dancers and orchestra members fleeing and flying about. The book may appeal to those who never tire of dinosaurs, regardless how silly the story.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525471776
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/10/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lisa Carrier lives in Snow Hill, Mary- land. This is her first book.
Lenore Hart is the author of an adult novel, Waterwoman.
Chris Demarest is the award-winning illustrator and author-illustrator of more than one hundred titles, including The New York Times Top Ten Picture Book Firefighters A to Z.

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