Cover image for How to be a T. Rex / Ryan North ; illustrated by Mike Lowery.
How to be a T. Rex / Ryan North ; illustrated by Mike Lowery.
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New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2018]

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1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 30 cm
Tyrannosaurus Rex enthusiast Sal transforms herself into an uncontrollable T. Rex, partly because her brother said it would be impossible, but soon discovers the downsides of always being fierce
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An upROARiously funny take on following your wildest dreams, from the bestselling creator of Dinosaur Comics

Being a regular old human is kind of a drag. That's why Sal is not going to be a teacher or doctor or lawyer when she grows up. She is going to grow up to be an awesome Tyrannosaurus Rex. Her brother thinks it's impossible , but Sal sure shows him! And in the beginning, being a T. Rex is AWESOME. But did you know that it's kind of hard to make friends when you are a super-giant, super-loud, super-stompy dinosaur? If only there were a way for Sal to be 100% awesome, 100% of the time...

Eisner Award-winning writer Ryan North makes his picture book debut with this bright, bold, and quirky story about finding--and taming--the beast within.

Author Notes

Ryan North is a New York Times bestselling author and cartoonist known for his online strip Dinosaur Comics , his critically acclaimed work on Marvel's Unbeatable Squirrel Girl , as well as his Eisner Award-winning writing for the Adventure Time comic. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Jenn, and their dog, Noam Chompsky.

Mike Lowery is an author, artist, and an avid collector of weird bits of knowledge. He's illustrated dozens of books for kids, including the Gingerbread Man is Loose in the School series. Mike lives with his wife and two kids in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

North (Romeo and/or Juliet) and Lowery (Random Illustrated Facts) give T. rex a fresh twist by asking what the toothy theropod can teach children about harnessing great power for good. Brown-skinned Sal wishes she was a T. rex, but a visual accounting shows that she just isn't, at least right now: "Teeth: okay, could be pointier." "Body: Tiny, often ignored." With hilarious ease, Sal soon turns into a tyrannosaur merely by sitting up in bed at night and concentrating. Now she tastes power: "No door can hold you! You can eat whatever you want!" But living as a T. rex among humans demands compromise. "They don't like it when you eat their food." Is it possible to maintain a dinosaur-style sense of one's own awesomeness and live with other humans? It is, Sal learns. "I don't let people ignore me or push me around, but I'm careful not to stomp on any humans." Lowery's unsteady lettering and goofy human figures with bean-shaped noses contribute to the book's laughs and help keep its stay-strong lesson from descending into sentimentality. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.