Toothless Rex

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“A T-Rex born without teeth who can only make the meekest of croaks! What could be worse? Young Rex decides he’s had enough of the toothless jokes and takes flight. He then stumbles on a friendship in the most unlikely of places. It turns out to be an encounter that changes his life, and that of his new-found human friend, Bert.”

Mummy’s Review

There’s something so captivating about dinosaurs and many, many children absolutely love them.  My boys are no different.  One of Rory’s favourite places to visit is our local Dinosaur Forest, he had a dinosaur birthday party and has countless dinosaur toys.  You won’t be surprised that he loves reading books about dinosaurs too.  He was absolutely delighted when Austin Macauley Publishers kindly sent us a copy of Toothless Rex to review.

With a  big picture of Rex on the cover, dinosaur lovers will instantly be drawn to Toothless Rex.  The wonderful pictures continue inside the book and beautifully compliment the story.  The font used is quite informal adding to the book’s child friendly nature.

The story is written in rhyming couplets which means the story has a lovely rhythm when read aloud.  For those children who are learning to read, rhyming books are fantastic because children can join in with reading the story by finishing off the couplets with the appropriate rhyming word.  It’s also a great opportunity to talk about rhyming words and spotting which ones you can find in the book.  For those children who are a little further on on their reading journey, rhyming books are great for phonics and spelling too.  They are a great way to investigate spelling patterns
For example:
“He walked for miles, not knowing what he’d find
The moonlight and shadows playing tricks on his mind”
It’s quite fun to change the rhyming word so the sentence becomes silly
“He walked for miles, not knowing what he’d find
The moonlight and shadows playing tricks on his behind”
Rhyming stories are also great to investigate how different graphemes (or combinations of letters) can make the same sound.
For example in this couplet we have two different ways to make ight:
“He set off for the hills for some peace and respite,
Although he was trembling all over with fright”

This is a wonderful story of a dinosaur who isn’t like the others and so he learns that by being resilient and by making a good friend he can over come the difficulties he is facing.  I also really liked the message that you can be friends with anyone you like.  A dinosaur and human wouldn’t necessarily be traditional friends but it doesn’t stop Bert from helping Rex out!

Rory’s Review

Have you ever heard of a T Rex with no teeth?
As the sun rose, an egg hatched but everyone gasped, gaped and moaned to see this dinosaur had no teeth!  He was the butt of jokes so he made an escape.
You can find out more in this ROARSOME book Toothless Rex by James Griffin.  It’s amazing how each pair of lines rhyme.  This book is all about resilience because Rex must bounce back to achieve his goal.  This book is also about friendship between Rex and Bert, a dinosaur and a caveman, because they help each other out.  My favourite part was when Rex and Bert become friends.  I thought it was funny when Bert takes Rex’s teeth out so he can give them a clean.  The pictures are awesome because they are imaginative, friendly and colourful.  If you like dinosaurs or quests, this is the book for you.  I would give this book 10/10

Toothless Rex cover

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  1. I absolutely love reading rhyming books to my little one. This sounds great and you can NEVER go wrong with friendly dinosaurs in books, can you?! The theme of resilience is perfect, especially for anyone with children starting school in September. Thank you for sharing this read with the #dreamteam xx


  2. Looks great! We’re big dinosaur fans in our house too. And I really enjoy rhyming books as you don’t seem to get as many of them these days.

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  3. Rhyming books always go down a treat here. I love the review from Rory – very grown up! Xx


  4. This book sounds great! My 9 year old son has been totally obsessed with dinosaurs since he was tiny and still very much is – I’ll certainly be letting him know about this! I love how you have put in the rhyming snippets of the books so we can get an idea of how it reads.

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