Tuesday, August 30, 2016

If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party by Jill Esbaum, illus. by Dasha Tolstikova

There are a few things you should be warned about if you're thinking it would be fun to have a T. Rex crash your birthday party, says the narrator of If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party:

First of all, a T. Rex is as big as a school bus. 

A klutzy, CRASHY school bus. 

Second of all, 
he'll have this weird way
of looking at you.

Like he's wondering how you'd taste with a little mustard.

Thus begins If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party. The story continues in the same vein, imagining all the crazy things that might happen if a T. Rex showed up at a birthday party. How he'd accidentally pop the bouncy castle with his 10-inch nails. How easily his temper would flare. How terrible he'd be at hide and seek because of his size. All the trouble his little arms would cause.

But, in the end, you'd be perfectly happy if the T. Rex wanted to return, next year.

Highly recommended - I love everything about If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party: the humor ("T. Rex + toys = disaster"), the colorful illustrations on a clean, white background -- fresh, fun, and easy on the eyes -- the delightful storyline. Given the number of dinosaur books that are available, I'm astounded by how inventive the stories can be. If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party is 40 pages of bright, imaginative fun and a new favorite that I'm eagerly looking forward to reading to my granddaughter when I see her.

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  1. Sounds adorable!

  2. Seems great! I am quite impressed with these details. I like partying with my loved ones. On last Sunday I threw a fun pizza themed party at the garden venue NYC. It turned out to be just wonderful. It was a fabulous family party which was enjoyed by all, the adults as well as the kiddos.

    1. No dinosaurs attended, though, right? ;)


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