* Ages: 5-8
* Grade Level: K-3
* Hardcover: 40 pages
* Publisher: Museyon Guides
* Pub. Date: March 1, 2021
* Translated by: Alexandrea Malia
"The high-stakes drama, bold illustrations, and effective use of onomatopoeia make this a compelling read." --Kirkus Reviews
Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You
This is book #8 in the continuing Tyrannosaurus series. Rikayia, a little Triceratops, and her family are munching on red berries that her daddy assures her can cure sickness and heal wounds. Suddenly the ground starts shaking and an earthquake ensues trapping her parents inside the cave. Luckily her father, anticipating the danger, tosses Rikayia out of the cave and she is saved but he and his mate remaine blocked in the interior by huge boulders.
Frantically the little Triceratops tries to free them but realizes the futility of her attempts. She asks others for help but unfortunately they cannot free the two either. She is told that only the mighty, strong Tyrannosaurus Rex can free the prisoners. Rikayia strikes out to find him and offers herself as a sacrifice in return for his help to save her parents. He deviously agrees because not only will he have her as a meal when they are liberated but her parents will be added to the menu as well.
The two work tirelessly together to clear the rocky blockade from the cave's entrance. T-Rex experiences great difficulty shattering those heavy stones but he never gives up. With Rikayia's encouragement, the magical power of the berries, and her steadfast belief in him will he succeed? What will her fate and her parent's fate be if he manages to set them free?
This is a bittersweet story highlighting persistence, inspiration and friendship. Young readers learn the valuable life lessons of self-sacrifice, unconditional love and believing in others. The illustrations are vibrant, colourful and enrich the text. Each book in the series show a scary intimidating dinosaur that is tempered by a smaller insignificant one. I personally love the series and the morals that are presented. With compassion and love mean-spirited individuals have a life changing experience that change them forever. I highly recommend this book and the whole series.
Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!
Meet the Author/Illustrator
His name is often written as 宮西達也 in Japanese, and sometimes as みやにし たつや.
Born in 1956, Tatsuya Miyanishi graduated from the Nihon University College of Art and was a doll artist and graphic designer before becoming a picture-book author. Miyanishi's books have a passionate fan base of all ages that enjoys his range of endearing characters in many genres, from superheroes to dinosaurs, all illustrated with bright colors. He has won the Kodansha Cultural Award for Picture Books, as well as the Kenbuchi Picture Book Grand Prize.
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