- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (August 22, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596431865
- ISBN-13: 978-1596431867
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rex Hardcover – August 22, 2006
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PreSchool-Grade 2–At the end of each school day, the class pet chameleon goes home with a different child, along with a journal. The experiences that the students record and the accompanying pictures are largely flights of fancy, as tiny Rex is depicted as an enormous Tyrannasaurus Rex that falls out of a window unscathed and terrorizes customers in a flower shop. He goes to the movies and a restaurant, is dressed as Malibu Barbie, and takes a dip in a pool. While there is humor in the situations described, the line between fantasy and reality is blurred, and readers are slightly uncomfortable, knowing that if there are any factual roots to the stories, the animal is being cavalierly treated if not downright abused. The color cartoon illustrations have a lot of energy, but sometimes the childlike drawings are totally unattractive.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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This chronicle of a week in the life of class-pet Rex, a chameleon, unfolds in words and art from the kids in the class, who each have an opportunity to take Rex home. In a special book, class members record "all the things Rex did on his visit." Rex's various adventures, drawn to look like the children's own art, are shown on a special page that appears to be from a tablet or diary, distinguishing the kids' work from the illustrator's other pictures, which are done in cartoon style. In many of the drawings, Rex looks more like a dinosaur than a chameleon, but that reinforces the idea that the pictures are from a young child's perspective. With only one or two short sentences per page, the text clearly reflects a child's point of view; it is also very accessible to beginning readers. To encourage children to use their own imaginations, the story ends with the question, "What would you do if Rex came to visit you?" Randall Enos
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