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Tv Rex (hc) Hardcover – March 1, 2001

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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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From Publishers Weekly

Nickle, whose The Ant Bully dealt with a grim boy who tortured insects, introduces another young misfit in this escapist fantasy. Rex is a gothic child with a sprout of jet-black hair on his ovoid, pale head. He once socialized with his grandfather, "But now that Grandpa was gone, Rex was lonely." With his grandfather unaccounted for--and mentioned strictly in the past tense--Rex slouches in the glow of his television screen. When the TV breaks, Rex climbs inside it to cry. His tears spark a convoluted sequence of events, and he acquires a magical remote control that lets him participate in soap operas, commercials and pro-wrestling bouts. During Rex's adventures, Nickle makes pictorial allusions to wood-grain TV sets and classic shows like Lassie, Flipper and Gilligan's Island. He frames Rex's televised antics in black rectangles, and bathes the episodes in lurid blue, orange and white. Yet the nostalgic references and the virtual-reality premise make an uneasy fit, and the title's dinosaur theme goes unremarked (as does the word "cable"). Further, Grandpa himself rescues Rex: "I go to Florida for a couple of months and this place falls apart!" he chortles. Turns out that Grandpa was not dead but on vacation, and his arrival puts a mordant twist on Rex's melancholy looks and behavior. For TV-obsessed kids, this may be a fun flight of fancy, though, like a flea-market jumble of antiques and old junk, Nickle's disparate odds and ends never coalesce. Ages 5-7.

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Gr 2-4-The opening scene of this long-winded cautionary tale introduces a boy who misses his grandfather. Rex and grandpa, "a retired inventor with great imagination," spent their days together fixing things. As a reward for time well spent, they treated themselves to an hour of TV a day. With grandpa gone, all Rex does is watch television. Eventually, it breaks, an unsuccessful repairman scatters its parts, and Rex crawls inside the empty set to have a good cry. As the TV fills with water, the child is transported to Deep Sea Hunt. Trading his glow-in-the-dark wristwatch for a Superoctopower remote control, Rex zaps himself through show after show. Finally, he is rescued from this TV nightmare by his grandfather. It seems that Grandpa isn't deceased; he was just on a long Florida vacation, an awkward deception that falls decidedly flat. Spiritless, retro-style illustrations also disappoint. Like a poorly produced sitcom, this tedious tale is apt to make readers reach for the remote.-Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439120438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439120432
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,200,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
My kindergartner son checked this book out from his school library because the cover is exciting and appealing (that's my interpretation, not his.) We read it every other night for the week and then had to get it for him. The objections I read from the book reviewers I find ridiculous. The book's intended audience doesn't get the "Gilligan's Island", "Flipper" or "Lassie" references. They don't think Grandpa is dead. And they don't care if the illustrations are what an adult would call "lurid." So there are things off kilter that sink into adult minds, they don't sink into five year olds. My son just thought the book was cool, and, you know what, I tend to agree.
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