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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811820904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811820905
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,649,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Wakiyamas (Humphrey the Lost Whale) fresh, distinctive artwork and Masurels (Christmas Is Coming) understated story infuse this toy tale with quiet originality. Whats too big is a boys blue-and-white striped dinosaur named Tex. While the smaller toys get to accompany the boy everywhere, Tex never went to the beach. He never went to a baseball game. He never went anywhere. Poor Tex! The illustration shows the dinosaur gazing woefully out the window, holding the curtain aside. But when its time to go to the doctor, the other toys hide; only loyal Tex is ready and waiting with his mild smile and a red hat and scarf. Wakiyamas atmospheric oil paintings feature characters with a smooth, rounded quality reminiscent of William Joyces inventions, but with a palette of soft blues, yellows and reds that lend the figures a weightless quality (Tex appears to be inflated). The artists use of unexpected perspectives is all her own; for instance, a pair of before-and-after porthole-shaped paintings shows the boy delivering the pitch that wins him Tex as a prize, with the ball and cans (once stacked as a pyramid) breaking the circular frame. The delightfully peculiar artwork seems so right that it feels already familiar, like an heirloom teddy bear; the light, whimsical style fits the fantasy of animated toys especially well. Just like Tex, kids will want to take this winner of a book everywhere. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1When young Charlie wins his choice of carnival prizes for knocking down all of the cans in the ball pitch, he picks a huge stuffed dinosaur he names Big Tex. While Charlie thinks hes just the right size, his Dad and Mom feel that hes TOO BIG! The boy takes his smaller toys to the park, shopping, and to the circus, but Tex is always left behind because of his size. Then one day, Charlie feels sick and needs to go to the doctor. Since none of his other stuffed animals can be found, Tex makes the trip as, He was TOO BIG to hide. The doctor examines both Charlie and Tex, and prescribes bed rest and medicine. While hes in bed, Charlies Mom cheers him up by telling him theyll go to a movie when hes feeling better. Guess who gets to accompany them to the theater? Wakiyamas illustrations, rendered in oil, lend a quiet but glowing atmosphere to this simple and thoroughly enjoyable story. Youngsters will feel for Big Tex when hes left out of the various family trips and will delight in the drawing on the final page, which shows him towering over the other moviegoers. A surefire hit, whether read to individual children or to a group.Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Claire Masurel is the author of many books for children, including TWO HOMES, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton. She lives in Paris.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Goldston on June 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My 4 and 2 year olds fell in love with this book the minute they saw the cover. Each page has something special that MUST be pointed out EACH TIME I read it to them. The illustration in this book is just so warm and has that quality of "the good old times". Each page is a piece of art by itself! I feel like framing and hanging them in the kids' rooms! Just wonderful heart-warming illustrations, and oh yeah, a very cute story. I hope that this illustrator will be doing more children's books in the future! I recommend it to anybody, not just kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read about this book in Publisher's Weekly, where it received a starred review, and ordered it from Amazon. It has instantly become my son's favorite book. The story is delightful and the illustrations are pure magic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oceanic six on August 15, 2002
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My son loves the author's Good Night and Christmas is Coming, so I searched a book by Claire Masurel and found this book. Although the illustrator is different on this book, the cover was intriging so I decided to purchase, and my instinct was right! This is such a delight book and my son (2yr 4m) asked for this book every night. He loves the part that Charlie and Tex go to a doctor. He says "take your medicine!" so I can use the phrase next time he has to take cold medicine too :)
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