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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (131 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter McCarty Narrator: David de Vries Publisher: Weston Woods Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9780545551120
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With humor and a touch of suspense, an introspective dinosaur reflects on his own identity as a “terrible lizard.” An endearing story of a Tyrannosaurus Rex who wonders why he can’t be a vegetarian!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dinosaur-crazed preschoolers will adore the whimsical account of a predator’s logic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Just a hint of scariness, with a bit of humor thrown in—exactly right for the youngest dinosaur fans. A small book, but one that should be very welcome in storytimes.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel Christensen | 1/20/2014

    " It was cute, but I kept waiting for there to be a point to the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/11/2014

    " Wow. This book makes you go "ohhhhh!" in a whomp whomp kind of way for most of it. A touching read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/11/2014

    " Illustrated by the author. Although it has really very beautiful illustrations, I find this book to be so sad. The final line is even, "I cannot help that I am so terrible." I would not use it for storytime and can't really think of an instance that I would want to use it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefanie | 1/5/2014

    " short, but super super cute. great for storytime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 12/30/2013

    " The art in this is absolutely adorable, but the end is a bit anticlimactic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 12/25/2013

    " T-rex explains how he feels about being "Terrible" and why he does what he does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ubalstecha | 12/18/2013

    " This is a lovely book about accepting yourself for who you are. The main character of this book explains that it is not his fault he is terrible, that people judge him on how he looks and what he eats. Nice to include in a unit on acceptance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pedro | 12/12/2013

    " This one is up my alley. I laughed and laughed. It's a story about a T.Rex contemplating his place in the world. I get him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 5/27/2013

    " A Tyrannasaurus Rex is misunderstood and doesn't understand why. He tries to imagine if he would be so terrible if he were different colors. Beautifully illustrated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randie | 2/18/2013

    " Nice book for dinosaur lovers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 1/16/2013

    " I loved this one. Who else could make a Tyrannasaurus Rex so cute and sympathetic? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 12/19/2012

    " Wanted to do this for story time, but in the end, he is terrible? So, I don't know, I have decided not to use it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Foy | 12/15/2012

    " This is the story of a tyrannosaurus Rex who wants to be a vegetarian. He explains how he tries not to be so terrible, but he cannot help it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/12/2012

    " As another reviewer has said, loved the artwork, but the ending was anticlimatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 4/18/2012

    " Cute, simple, nice illustrations with a touch of humour. Read in preschool storytime on Dinosaurs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 3/23/2012

    " I really like McCarty's style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/11/2012

    " Dinosaur wants to know why everyone thinks he's so terrible and how he can change. Great book for opening up discussion about judging others, or people who are born different. "

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About the Author
Author Peter McCarty

Peter McCarty is the author and illustrator of Little Bunny on the Move, Moon Plane, the Caldecott Honor book Hondo and Fabian and Fabian Escapes. He is also the the illustrator of several other books, including Night Driving and Frozen Man. He lives with his family in upstate New York.

About the Narrator

David de Vries, an Earphones Award–winning narrator and veteran stage actor and director, spent three years in the cast of Wicked and was the last Lumiere in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. He has also appeared in numerous films and voiced commercial campaigns for companies large and small, including American Express, AT&T, UPS, Motorola, Georgia-Pacific, Delta Airlines, Coca Cola, and Ford, among others. He can be seen in a number of feature films, including The Founder, The Accountant, Captain America: Civil War, and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. On television, his credits include House of Cards, Nashville, and Halt and Catch Fire.