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Tommysaurus Rex Paperback – August 18, 2004
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TOMMYSAURUS REX was nominated for two Eisner awards in 2005:
Best Graphic Album-New
Best Publication for a Younger Audience
Praise for GHOSTOPOLIS
* "TenNapel's colorful illustrations are filled with energy and life."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review
"TenNapel is a terrific cartoonist and in fine form here."--BOOKLIST
PRAISE FOR BAD ISLAND
*"A clever, old-fashioned adventure with some modern twists and a light-hearted tone, this, like TenNapel's previous work, is not to be missed."--BOOKLIST, starred review
*"TenNapel has crafted another rip-roaring adventure with wide audience appeal."
--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review
Praise for CARDBOARD
* "An exceptionally seamless blend of action and philosophy, two elements that usually do not mix easily; TenNapel handles this masterfully. Utterly brilliant."--KIRKUS, starred review
"A boldly imaginative and ambitious tale."--THE HORN BOOK
"[TenNapel] provides moments of great sweetness and heaps and heaps of bizarre fun, a quality that has become his veritable trademark."--BOOKLIST
--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
About the Author
Doug TenNapel was raised in the town of Denair, California. In 1994, he created the immensely popular Earthworm Jim. Doug's first graphic novel for Scholastic, GHOSTOPOLIS, was a 2011 ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and his follow-up, BAD ISLAND, is a 2012 ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens as well as one of School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2011. His most recent graphic novel from Scholastic, CARDBOARD, has been published to critical acclaim. Doug lives in Glendale, California. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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The graphic novel was in new condition and reasonably priced...I would use this vendor again without hesitation.
I would say that, out of all of Doug's books, this one's title captures its "flavor" the best. So if you're not sure if you would like it, just think about how you feel about the title: if the idea of "Tommysaurus Rex" sounds good to you, then you'll definitely love this graphic novel.
The `Easter Eggs'-both figurative and literal-that are scattered throughout the pages reveal statements about love, faith, redemption, and forgiveness one doesn't often find in a `mere comic book'. Ely's journey is summed up so perfectly by his father when he tells him that a boy does a lot of growing up when he loses a dog. For the theologically minded, Tommysaurus Rex brings questions to bear that might not always be easy to answer, but sure are fun to think about.
In short, Tommysaurus Rex is a great story that keeps getting better every time I read it. Well done, Mr. TenNapel. Creature Tech made me an admirer, Tommysaurus Rex has made me a fan.
This is a story that defies the comic book medium in every sense of the word. It's a heartwarming tale about a boy named Ely who after losing his only pal, his dog Tommy, spends the summer at his grandpa's farm. There he finds a T-Rex in a cave and rest is history.
Doug's storytelling mastery is on full display here as he makes seemless use of foreshadowing and symbolism which gives the tale a real "classic" feel. The story is driven heavily by the characters lending to the charm of Tommysaurus Rex and making it easy for everyone to relate to. You'll be completely blown away at how well thought out and executed this story is. It's only a hundred pages long, but it's miles deep. There's absolutely nothing trite or cliched to be found in the 100-some pages, trust me. If you're not into comic books don't worry, neither am I. This isn't just for the hardcore comics fans, it's for everyday folks.
The artwork is beautiful. Fans of Bill Waterson, Mike Mingola, and Craig Thompson will definately be pleased. Each panel is it's own little piece of eye candy free from excess clutter and simplified down to it's most economic and effective state while still retaining its beauty. Doug's sense of visual style and composition are truly unique and unlike anything else out there.
If you're familiar with Doug's work you know how difficult it can be to aquire, and it only gets worse as time passes. Do yourself a real favor and get you're copy soon before it's gone, you can thank me later.
Tommysaurus Rex, which was both written and illustrated by Doug TenNapel, is the story of a young boy dealing with the death of his first dog. To help ease his mind of the loss of his best friend, Ely heads to his grandfathers farm for the summer, where he happens to find a hibernating Tyrannosaurus Rex! Through the townsfolk and the T-Rex, Ely learns valuable lessons about loss, friendship, responsibility, and most importantly: growing up.
TenNapel's black and white art brings a very expressive livelihood to his characters, despite the lack of color. His layouts pace the story quickly, making Tommysaurus Rex an easy graphic novel for younger readers to follow, but older readers may be left wanting a slower, more thoughtful pace.