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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (July 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230015506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230015500
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.2 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—In this prehistoric setting, waterweed-eating duckbill dinosaurs live on one side of a river, and a "mean Tyrannosaurus with his grim and grisly bride" live on the other. "What a shame that bridges aren't invented yet," the Tyrannosauruses say. But then a duckbill egg accidentally lands in the T. rex nest via an egg-snatching Compsognathus. The hatchling is dubbed Tyrannosaurus Drip by his sisters because he prefers to eat plants and sings "Down with hunting! Down with war!" instead of singing "Up with hunting! Up with war!" Just as Drip discovers his true family, lightning strikes and, lo and behold, a tree bridge forms across the river. Hilarity ensues as the rather dense Tyrannosauruses attempt to cross. The dinosaurs are rendered in an Art Deco-influenced style, and the lines roll off the tongue like the rhymes of Dr. Seuss. Children will enjoy the repetitive lilt, and adults will appreciate how naturally it reads. Expressive characters enhance the humor, and the limited palette helps emphasize just how different the creatures' worlds are. An enjoyable group read-aloud.—Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD
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Praise for "Tyrannosaurus Drip": "With scansion firmly in hand, Donaldson pens a rhymed tale of dino-heroism perfectly complemented by Roberts's comical cartoon scenes of toothy carnivores and trumpet-mouthed vegetarians . . . T. Drip is definitely a dino worth hooting over."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "Brilliant fun from the creator of "The Gruffalo," Slightly older kids will love this, and you adults will probably enjoy it too."--supernanny.co.uk Praise for "The Gruffalo": "A modern classic."--The Observer

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Great book and adored by my 5 year old.
AY
They all have great characters that capture a toddler's interest and a flowing story line that's (relatively) complex and yet easy to understand and follow.
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Great message, wonderful illustrations, and super fun to read to your kids.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Tyrannosaurus Drip is a charming children's picturebook about a conflict between dinosaurs. The peaceful, plant-eating duckbill dinosaurs live across the river from the ferocious, meat-eating T-Rexes. And what the T-Rexes want to eat most is duckbill dinosaur meat! When a duckbill egg hatches in a T-Rex nest, the little duckbill named Drip finds that he just can't adapt to their carnivorous ways. Not only does little Drip find solace with the other duckbills, he proved clever and heroic enough to save them all from the T-Rex menace! The whimsical illustrations add the perfect touch to this delightful dino-adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AY on January 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Great book and adored by my 5 year old. The rhyming is really fun to read!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By KGM on June 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
The rhymes are whimsical, but the basic content could be disturbing. If your child is young or sensitive, or a foster or adoptive child, be warned. First, the characters are clearly good (duckbills) vs evil (tyrannosaurs). A duckbill egg is mistakenly placed in a tyrannosaurs nest, and hatches there. "Drip" is ridiculed by his siblings and misunderstood by his adoptive parents. He happens upon some dinosaurs that look like him (the duckbills), and then sides with them to protect them from his adoptive family, who would like to eat them. The adoptive family is thrown into the water and presumably drowns. Of course, the plot is presented in a cheerful, good-triumphs-over-evil format, but with a disturbing undercurrent of family rejection and betrayal. This is not for every family-- do not buy it as a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Cummings on September 13, 2009
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I found this book a little scary, but my three year old grandson adores it It has been a nightly bed-time read for the past six weeks.
Well written as always (although some of the lines to not scan as neatly as other Donaldson writing) Illustrations are charming although I prefer the style of the illustrations for Stick Man.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shannon B Davis VINE VOICE on August 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
You know, the Gruffalo is a great book, but this one misses the mark. Although it has a similar theme of the little guy triumphs over the big guy with a trick, it's a bit more violent. In the Gruffalo and Gruffalo's Child, everyone goes home safely and no one gets eaten. Tricked, but not eaten or killed.

I found this book quite awful and upsetting, although my son seems to enjoy it. I just don't think he gets it. I have to wonder what the author was thinking about when she wrote this book. It has strong, negative undertones and I wonder if they were intentional or not.

At the beginning of this book, a duckbill dinosaur is born into a T. Rex family and completely rejected by them. Like the Ugly Duckling, another story that always saddened me. I am not adopted, but stories of family rejection have always hit me hard, even as a child. So, I suppose, as an adult, I wasn't expecting that a children's book where brothers/sisters and supposed parents of a child would make fun of it and call it cruel names. It's not acceptable. If someone's different in our family, we accept them for who they are.

Also, let me talk about some other messages. Hunting is, in this book,, equated with war. Hunting is something my ancestors (and yours) did for food, and they honored the animals that gave them sustenance. War is something totally different. Getting food, sustenance, for an animal that is a carnivore, is not the same as war. Also, the T. Rexes are portrayed as nasty and stupid. They may have been stupid, but even the big carnivore dinosaurs were not evil. They just wanted to eat what they were meant to eat. Meanwhile, the duckbill dinosaurs, plant-eaters, were portrayed as good and happy and accepting. I got a subtle subtext - Vegetarians Good! Meateaters Evil! Meateaters = people who love war and killing. Wha????
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you are buying this book for a dino-nerd, beware. Our 4yo was not impressed that the T-Rexes have 3 fingers. "But Mommy! They're NOT T-Rexes, see, three fingers not two! They must be Giganotosauruses because they can't be Allosauruses because they lived in the Late Jurassic, not the Late Cretaceous." The presence of Compsognathus (from the Jurassic) will also rile your resident dino-nerd. The parasaurolophi have one too few fingers, but you would have to have a Very Serious Dino-Nerd for them to pick up on that.
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I have yet to purchase a Julia Donaldson book that my toddler does not love! Donaldson does her stories just right. They all have great characters that capture a toddler's interest and a flowing story line that's (relatively) complex and yet easy to understand and follow. This book is no different - like Donaldson's others, this one is a definite buy!
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I usually love Julia Donaldson's books. Most of them have really great underlying messages, but I didn't really like this one. What I expected to happen (and would have made a great story and a great message) was that the T-Rex's hated the Duckbills until a Duckbill egg landed in their nest and then the T-Rex's learned to love him. What really happened was that the T-Rex's hated the Duckbills and when a Duckbill egg landed in their nest, they were really very nasty to their child who was "different". I mean really awful. And this issue wasn't really addressed at all.

I suppose not everyone will see this in the book, but for me, it just didn't feel right when I read it. I recommend "A Squash and a Squeeze" or "The Smartest Giant in Town" (we usually buy Donaldson's books in the UK, I think it's called the niftiest giant in the US)
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