Title: Tea Rex
Author and Illustrator: Molly Idle
Ages: 3-5 years
There is an average of five words a page in this incredibly beautiful illustrated book. Each page is like looking into a painting and finding all the glorious details brushed onto the canvas and the words etched like a signature across the masterpiece. The perspective of the dinosaur is huge, won't even fit on a page, so that in itself is a fun factor for kids to absorb. The images contrast with the words. Humour, wit and laughter are sprinkled throughout the story making it very entertaining indeed. Two siblings dress up and host a very formal tea party. They invite a t-rex to the tea and explain to him the etiquette rules. Emily Post would have been very impressed with the protocol passed on to this huge beast. The dinosaur is asked to join them, sit in a comfy chair and enjoy his tea. The picture of him sitting in a teeny, tiny chair (the most uncomfortable piece of furniture imaginable) is terribly funny. The whimsical illustrations are powerful as well as pleasing to the eye, and could almost speak for themselves without the aid of the text. Chaos and pandemonium ensue as this big clumsy beast tries to follow all the refined, delicate rules for tea and doesn't quite measure up to human standards of the event. When he finally leaves, the very room itself is trashed and the wallpaper is even peeling off the walls. All in all it is a very excellent book to read aloud and share with your kids.
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