Perfect Picture Book Friday! T. Rex Time Machine by Jared Chapman

T. Rex Time Machine
By Jared Chapman
44 pages – ages 4+
Published by Chronicle Books on September 4, 2018

Theme/Topic- Time Travel, Dinosaurs
Opening-One day a time traveler traveled back to prehistoric times…which he quickly regretted.
Synopsis from the Publisher- “When two hungry dinosaurs jump into a time machine, they’re transported to an unbelievable, magical, surreal future: RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! On the T. Rexes’ madcap voyage into the unknown, they encounter the many wonders of the modern world: Police cars! Phones! Microwaves! They don’t know how they’ll get home—but why would they want to?”

What I Liked- This was one of the most fun picture books I’ve read in a while, with humor flooding the pages, from every word to every image. The book is longer than a standard picture book (44 pages versus the standard 32), but it is set up in a format similar to a graphic novel, which makes it very easy to read. The book is downright absurd, but in the most hilarious of ways – guaranteed to have kids rolling in laughter! Chapman has written a story that kids will love to read again and again.

Activities and Resources- There are some great dinosaur activities at HERE. I found a really cool game about time travel from HERE.

Categories: Age 1-5, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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10 replies

  1. This sounds like a clever and very humorous book. Kids love to laugh. Am sure my great grandson will enjoy it — he loves dinosaurs.

  2. What a fun book. KIds will love it!!

  3. My class is learning about dinosaurs right now. I’m going to see if I can get a hold of this one.
    Thanks for sharing, Erik!

  4. Just from your review, I know this is a book I can’t wait to read. Thanks for sharing it with us today!

  5. Time-traveling dinosaurs, what’s not to love. And we all need a little humor these days. Thanks for highlighting it Erik.

  6. Time-traveling dinosaurs, what’s not to love. And we can all use a little humor these days.

  7. Oh, this sounds hilarious! I just put it on hold at the library. Thanks for the rec!

  8. Wow! This sounds like so much fun. I know a few boys who would love this!

  9. I wish they came to my house while they were here. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been afraid of them…. #yesiwould

    Love and licks,

  10. I just read this one. I agree. It’s over-the-top humor is delivered with the kind of deadpan “of course this would happen next” makes it a winner.

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