Dogosaurus Rex by Anna Staniszewski, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Published by Henry Holt

Summary:  When Ben and his mom go to the shelter to find a dog, he settles on the biggest one he can find, Sadie.  Readers will notice what Ben and those around him don’t: that Sadie is a Tyrannosaurus Rex.  When Sadie sits on a car, rolls over through a fruit stand, and fetches a mail truck, Ben’s mom isn’t sure they can keep her (don’t even ask what happens when Sadie “does her business”).  Ben is desperate to find a way to save his beloved pet, and the opportunity arises when they hear the words, “Stop! Thief!”  Sadie springs into action, blocking the robber’s path and fetching him back when he tries to run away.  Sadie’s talents are recognized, and soon she is the most popular dog in town.  40 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  Readers will love feeling “in the know” as they recognize what Sadie really is when Ben and those around him keep thinking she’s a dog.  The laughter will continue with the muted, retro-feel illustrations of all the T-Rex’s antics.

Cons:  The whole situation feels untenable.

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