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G Rex Hardcover – September 1, 2000


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Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey. Each page instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next. Hardcover | More for ages 3-5
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Eager to escape the bullying inflicted upon him by his older brother, a boy develops a large and scaly alter ego in this drab picture-book fantasy. Gregory is tired of being stomped by big brother, Mark. As he imagines how the world will be when he grows bigger than Mark, Gregory transforms into a rude, carnivorous G-Rex that takes control of the household. Once his roaring and destructive behavior drives his parents and brother out of the house, G-Rex abruptly changes his mind. He decides it's no fun being alone, and he'd rather be plain old Gregory, part of the family. Pearson's (The Awful Aardvarks Go to School) energetic watercolor scenes of a boy morphing into a dinosaur, and the family pulling up to the Pot Roast Palace drive-thru window to satisfy G-Rex's cravings add a few humorous sparks, but not enough to elevate Daniel's (The Feet in the Gym) meandering and leaden story. Closing passages depict the older boy's change of heart, but both boys' about-face seems unmotivated, and the resolution feels pat and unrealistic. Ages 5-9. (Sept.)
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Kindergarten-Grade 2-Fed up with his older brother always having the advantage, Gregory grows into a G-Rex that threatens to eat Mark unless he's given more meat. The family frantically runs all over town trying to satisfy their new monster. Back home, G-Rex demands the best bed and stays up as long as he wants. After a week of living with this beast, Mark and his parents move next door. When Gregory sees them enjoying themselves without him, he accidentally breaks Mark's best basketball trophy when he thumps his tail. A few dinosaur tears later, he becomes himself again and the boys begin a game of basketball. Pearson's zany artwork races across the pages with humorous details of chaotic family life, and readers will readily see that G-Rex's threat to eat his brother is part of the fun, not a cause for alarm. Though the story itself is unexceptional, the art is exciting and engaging. Tie-ins with emotions and dealing with older siblings are obvious, but children will love the power trip. A good companion to Patricia Polacco's My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother (S & S, 1994).
Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI
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