Tommysaurus rex

Doug TenNapel

Book - 2013

Presents the adventures of Ely and a forty-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex who he found trapped in a cave behind his grandfather's house.

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Genres
Graphic novels
Published
New York, NY : Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic 2013.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
136 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN
9780545483834
9780545483827
0545483824
0545483832
Main Author
Doug TenNapel (-)
Other Authors
Katherine Garner (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

For any child, there's little worse than having a pet die—unless, of course, one gets a dinosaur in return. After Ely's golden retriever, Tommy, is hit and killed by a car, the heartbroken 10-year-old befriends a wayward Tyrannosaurus rex while staying on his grandfather's farm for the summer. At first, it's a dream come true and a much-needed pick-me-up, but the town soon labels the predator a menace, forcing Ely to train his T. rex or risk losing another pet. To make matters worse, a local bully is targeting Ely. Expanding on a story previously published in 2004, TenNapel (Cardboard) doesn't let logic get in the way of a good time (Rex devours a herd of cattle, but doesn't go after humans—and the dino is great at farm work, too), and he isn't afraid to follow up a heartstrings-tugging moment with a poop joke. It's a premise worthy of a loony Saturday morning cartoon, complete with bulgy-eyed characters that nearly bounce off the full-color pages, but underlying the fun is a potent and affecting story about facing death and growing up. Ages 9–12. (June) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–5—The king of the offbeat graphic novel is back with a mixture of adventure, drama, and comedy. After the death of his dog, Tommy, Ely's parents send him to live on his grandfather's farm for the summer. There, he stumbles upon a Tyrannosaurus rex in a nearby cave. When the dino damages a home, the townspeople call for "Tommysaurus Rex" to be removed. Ely and his grandpa make a deal with the mayor-pay off the damages and train Tommysaurus or he goes. The story begins fairly realistically, then makes a big jump when Ely discovers the T. rex, requiring a pretty hearty suspension of disbelief. Happiness, sadness, fear-emotions are on full blast from the start. TenNapel knows how to add some edge that delights kids, but the envelope-pushing might make some adult readers squirm a bit. Themes of life and death are handled well, but may occasionally reach over the heads of some readers. The kinetic, full-color artwork is full of expression and will appeal to children. Unpredictable and engaging, this will be a popular pick for reluctant readers and graphic-novel fans.—Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, MI [Page 105]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Nominated for two Eisner Awards, a heartwarming tale by the creator of Ghostopolis finds young Ely recovering from the loss of a beloved dog at his grandfather's house, where in a nearby cave he discovers a friendly Tyrannosaurus Rex, but the two are targeted by a mean-spirited neighbor--to devastating effect. Simultaneous.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In the tradition of OLD YELLER comes the heartwarming friendship between a boy and his Tyrannosaurus RexWhen Ely's beloved dog, Tommy, is hit by a car, he goes to his grandpa's house for the summer to get his mind off things. While exploring a nearby cave one day he discovers a full-grown but friendly Tyrannosaurus Rex. As the news of the dinosaur grows around town, so does the friendship between Ely and his Jurassic pet. But Randy, the mean kid down the street, decides he's going to make life miserable for Ely and his dinosaur-to devastating effect.