Is for Terrible
an early age, many children are aware of those extinct beastly creatures
called dinosaurs, if not downright obsessed. And ask any young chid
about a Tyrannosaurus Rex and they're sure to use the words "mean!"
and "scary!" to describe one.
most books about dinosaurs, which portray the colossal T-Rex as
an obstreperous meat eating terror, McCarty's book takes a different
approach. Using his trademark household lead pencil mixed with atmospheric
water color washes, the Caldecott winning author/illustrator manages
to give the big animal a good dose of finesse. The Dino's toothy
overbite and beady eyes beg the reader to understand his plight.
"I do not know why I am so terrible," the giant begins...
"I cannot help that I step on little flowers when I walk."
reader may even let out an audible "Awww," when they see
the great dinosaur chase away the pint-sized veggie eaters. "Would
I be so terrible if I were pink?" he questions.
book is more than just a humorous storyit calmly educates
children, showing them that certain things in nature will always
be the way they are-there is no changing them."If I could,
I would be a vegetarian. But I am a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and I do
not eat trees," T Rex says. The second to last spread is wordless,
illustrating the runty armed, big legged beast, innocently chasing
his prehistoric neighbors. "I cannot help that I am so terrible,"
T Rex says on the last spread, and so ends the story.
Is for Terrible is short, but its humor and quirkiness will prompt
adult and young readers alike to dive right back to page one, over
and over again. This book will make a great read-aloud but is also
perfect for one-on-one readings. McCarty's
latest is seasoned with the perfect amount of obnoxious and cute,
combining a treat for the eyes and ears, and that's why this book