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Book Review: T is for Terrible, by Peter McCarty (Henry Holt, 2004)

t is for terribleRecommended for ages 2-4

A T-Rex feels badly about being a “terrible lizard” and wonders if he would be less terrible if he were pink or blue. He is like other creatures, being hatched from an egg and having a mother. If he had the choice, he would be a vegetarian, but that is not in his nature. There is humor to the dinosaur just as there is a healthy dose of understanding what it is that makes him terrible: animals run from him, the ground shakes when he walks, and he has large, sharp teeth. Mr. McCarty’s illustrations, muted pencil-on-watercolor-paper drawings make the dinosaur look soft, not very threatening at all, even sensitive. The textured lines and soft shading give a beautiful sense of depth to the animals and their surroundings. The plain black font on a white background is brief, allowing readers to pay more attention to the beautiful pictures and making this a very good read-aloud choice.

This would be a great choice for a dinosaur read-aloud. This could be a great unconventional dinosaur read-aloud, with stories about dinosaurs who don’t just rampage and eat whatever is in their way. There are many dinosaur songs and fingerplays. The Perry Public Library has I Love Dinosaurs storytime suggestions with stories and songs, and there are dinosaur printable sheets on many websites. The author’s website information about his other books, plus links to his blog and events.



I'm a mom, a children's librarian, bibliophile, and obsessive knitter. I'm a pop culture junkie and a proud nerd, and favorite reads usually fall into Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I review comics and graphic novels at WhatchaReading ( I'm also the co-founder of On Wednesdays We Wear Capes (, where I discuss pop culture and geek fandom from a female point of view.

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