|T. Veg : the story of a carrot-crunching dinosaur|
Author: Prasadam-Halls, Smriti
Scolded by his parents and teased by classmates, Reginald, a tyrannosaurus rex who does not likes meat, leaves home in hopes of finding acceptance among the herbivores.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/01/17)
School Library Journal (05/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/01/2017 Reginald (Reg) is a fairly typical T. Rex. He has “a fierce and mighty roar” and thundering footsteps, and he’s a fast runner, leaper, and stomper, who gnashes his teeth “as every T. Rex should.” But at dinnertime, Reg doesn’t often feel like he fits in. “For while the other T. Rexes munched on juicy steak . . . Reginald the T. Rex ate crunchy carrot cake!” The only vegetarian of the herd, Reg is the object of mockery at school and home, so he decides to run away to more veggie-friendly environs. After a short-lived and unrewarding exploration into herbivore life, Reg heads back home. But en route, the vegetarian dinosaur has an opportunity to demonstrate his herbivore strength. Plenty of rollicking adventure packs the scenes of this vibrantly colored tale, which celebrates fruits, veggies, and bravery. Prasadam-Halls’ bold rhyming text fits nicely with Manolessou’s frolicsome array of smiley, big-toothed prehistoric creatures, rendered in lively fluorescent colors and stylized shapes. A fun read with an encouraging message about individuality. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—Reginald T. Rex is not your average dinosaur. Unlike his carnivorous counterparts, Reginald prefers a vegetarian diet. His unusual palate makes him the object of unwanted ridicule. Instead of referring to him as a T. Rex, his dinosaur friends call him T. Veg. Constant mockery from friends and family makes Reginald feel as though he doesn't belong. Believing himself to be an outsider, he leaves home in search of acceptance among other dinosaurs with similar eating habits. However, this venture proves futile. Reginald later returns home in a dramatic ending that demonstrates just how strong and unique he truly is. Noteworthy is the author's attempt at making the consumption of vegetables seem fun. Strong themes about diversity and daring to be different are reinforced as well. Rhyming patterns are inconsistent throughout, and some wording feels forced, but the unique kaleidoscope of illustrations, which effectively convey the story's major themes, compensate for many of the book's flaws. VERDICT Teeming with positive messages about diversity and tolerance, this title will strike a chord with librarians and teachers seeking materials on social justice and inclusion.—Andrea Jamison, Lincoln Elementary School, Calumet City, IL - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.