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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K–This picture book begins, "I am Tyrannosaurus Rex. I am a dinosaur, otherwise known as a terrible lizard." The creature continues to reflect on its own identity: "I do not know why I am so terrible." As the carnivore frightens other dinosaurs away, it wonders, "Would I be so terrible if I were pink?" In the end, it concludes: "I am Tyrannosaurus Rex… I cannot help that I am so terrible." Muted pencil-on-watercolor-paper drawings delineate a toothy but not too ferocious-looking beast with short front legs and a bemused expression (until the very end when it chases its dinner). Filled with textured lines and soft shading, the artwork glows with warmth and vitality. This beautifully formatted and well-conceived offering has creamy ivory pages that frame the subtle illustrations and spare text. It has just a hint of scariness, with a bit of humor thrown in–exactly right for the youngest dinosaur fans. A small book, but one that should be very welcome in storytimes.–Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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"Dinosaur-crazed preschoolers will adore the whimsical account of a predator's logic." (Publishers Weekly)

"This beautifully formatted and well-conceived offering has creamy ivory pages that frame the subtle illustrations and spare text. It has just a hint of scariness, with a bit of humor thrown in-exactly right for the youngest dinosaur fans. A small book, but one that should be very welcome in story-times." (School Library Journal)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080507404X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805074048
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PETER MCCARTY is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Fabian Escapes, Moon Plane, and T Is for Terrible, as well as Hondo & Fabian, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his family in upstate New York.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John D. Payne on October 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book ever, the apex of English literature. I bought this book to read to my niece and nephews, but after reading it once I decided to keep it for myself. This book cracks me up. I live with a bunch of grad students, like myself, and we all agree that this is the best book ever. As we watched the Red Sox beat the Yankees and the Cards, we recited passages from this book each time David Ortiz stepped up to the plate. He cannot help that he is so enormous, and so enormously hungry. I guess what I am saying is, buy this book. Buy one for each small child that you love. Because denying them this book is like denying them shoes, or milk. It's a crime.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on October 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Everyone knows that the Tyrannosaurus Rex is a terrible dinosaur. But it's not really his fault. After all, the little Tyrannosaurus Rex had no control over how big he would grow, or what food he would crave. Sure, he stomps on things at times, and makes the ground shake, and sometimes even eats his very own next-door-neighbors, but if you ask the Tyrannosaurus Rex, he will tell you that it's not his fault. He just can't help it. It's his nature. After all, there is no such thing as a Tyrannosaurus Rex who is a vegetarian.

Peter McCarty has done a fabulous job of creating a children's book that is easy to read and understand, while keeping it enjoyable, and attention-grabbing at the same time. His many defensesfor the Tyrannosaurus Rex are adorable, and will teach children to not judge things - whether they are people or animals - by their mannerisms, for they can't always change their ways, sometimes they are born with the characteristics. Filled with delightful illustrations of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as other dinosaurs on every page, T IS FOR TERRIBLE is sure to be loved by children of all ages.

Erika Sorocco

Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Newman on December 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My 18-month old LOVES all of Peter McCarty's books. Even the ones that are for slightly older readers completely capture his attention. He loves everything about them--the pictures and the stories. When he was younger, they were the only books he would want to look at from cover to cover. And it's strange, because the drawings are quite artistic and are in muted colors, not the bold primary colors usually used in children's books. And a big plus -- the stories are so charming that even adults won't get sick of them (at least I haven't yet, after about 1,000 readings!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Squirrel hordes on November 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my son for Christmas, I can't wait to give it to him. He is five and a budding paleontologist. He loves anything to do with dinosaurs. I know he is going to love this book. The pictures are beautiful, and the story is really cute. A great story about being yourself.
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By FeFiFoFu on September 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My nephews loves this book. If he picks a bed time book it's usually this one. I also love this book. As other reviewers mention, it's a cute, adorable story about a T-Rex who wishes he was a vegetarian. Very nice, funny way for children to see conflicting action/feelings. Even good T-Rex can't help be bad sometimes and just has to be himself. Great for kids who are into dinosaurs. First time i've seen T-Rex with some personality instead of being just a big monster. Also found the DVD at the library which is also very good. Grandma laughs every time she watches with the kids.
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