In this rhyming picture book, Tyrannosaurus is quite the stomper. He knocks down towers other dino children build and demolishes craft projects. Sometimes it’s on purpose but sometimes–after he realizes the other kids don’t like his tornado-like behavior and he tries really hard to reign it in–it still happens on accident. The other children graciously recognize the difference between the purposeful havoc and the oops, and help Tyrannosaurus. And as it turns out, even the other kids are not immune to the occasional accidental knock-over.
The short two-word lines read like Anna Dewdney’s “Llama Llama” books and Nancy Shaw’s “Sheep” books, though the dinosaur names are a bit tougher to pronounce than “sheep” (there is a pronounciation guide on the inside covers).
Children with a streak of wild will sympathize with Tyrannosaurus, recognize his struggle to behave nicely and feel for him when his efforts still wind up in a mess. The reminder in the end that we all sometimes goof is a good one for all kids (and grownups too).