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Santa Rex
Contributor(s): Idle, Molly
ISBN: 0425290115     ISBN-13: 9780425290118
Publisher: Viking Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: October 2017
Annotation: Celebrating Christmas, her favorite winter holiday, with her Cretaceous buddies, little Cordelia enjoys dino-style candy canes and hot cocoa and worries what Santa will think when the Christmas tree is accidentally toppled. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Flora and the Flamingo. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Tyrannosaurus rex; Fiction.
Dinosaurs; Fiction.
Christmas; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Christmas & Advent
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2017042300
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.75" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #6)
If you believe the text (which, as usual for Idle's Rex books, is spare and on some spreads completely absent), four visiting dinos make their young human friends' Christmas preparations quick and easy. But behold in the varied colored-pencil illustrations: chewed curtains, disappearing cookies, a toppled tree. "If you don't have a fireplace," the text calmly advises after an unfortunate fireplace/triceratops encounter, "you can hang [stockings] anywhere you like." There's a solution to the destruction, of course, one that brings gatefold-sized glory to the celebration. The more closely you look, the funnier this book gets, and its ending is merry and bright. shoshana flax Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 September #1)

The dinosaurs and young humans from Tea Rex and subsequent picture books deck/wreck the halls in a holiday companion tale that juxtaposes Idle's elegant illustrations and decorous narration with the kind of chaos one might expect when four prehistoric creatures descend on a household. Curtains are snipped into giant snowflakes, the mantel gets smashed to pieces, cookies are baked and promptly devoured, and the tree goes down for the count, but T. rex makes it up to the children in a big way, as a vertical foldout reveals. Mischievous and sweetness go hand in claw in Idle's story—just the right mix of naughty and nice. Ages 3–5. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House.(Oct.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 October)

PreS-Gr 1—Cordelia and her brother are back. This time they are celebrating Christmas with their dinosaur friends. There are a few accidents while making the holiday preparations: the triceratops breaks through the fireplace while trying to hang a stocking, T. rex knocks down the tree, and more. Despite the mishaps, the friends have a beautiful holiday, and they discover the true magic of Christmas is how it brings everyone together. The illustrations are done in pastel colors and are so adorable readers won't be able to stop themselves from oohing and aahing. There is one vertical foldout page where T. rex takes the place of the Christmas tree he accidentally destroyed. Fans of the series will love this holiday edition. VERDICT This book is great for individual and small group sharing where everyone can see the beautiful illustrations.—Sara Rebman, Los Angeles Public Library

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.