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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Children's Picture Book Review: Linus the Vegetarian T. Rex by Robert Neubecker

Book Release - July 2013

Robert Neubecker
Simon & Schuster

Book Review by Bob Walch

Ruth Ann loves visiting the Museum of Natural History. She loves all the exhibits and because of her many trips to the museum she has learned a lot about the Ice Age, the oceans, and dinosaurs. But Ruth Ann is in for a big surprise when she walks into to the new Cretaceous Surprises exhibit.

Hello, I’m Linus,” says a giant Tyrannosaurus rex that greets the little girl. “I am quite hungry. Won’t you join me for lunch?”

Ruth Ann has a few misgivings about the invitation because she fears that she may well be the main course. Imagine her surprise when she discovers that Linus is a vegetarian. The only things the T. Rex attacks are arugula, broccoli, and some tomato plants.

A little taken back by her new friend’s docile behavior and that fact that all the other dinosaurs seem to like Linus a lot, Ruth Ann wonders if Linus should be a little more ferocious. But when a couple of aggressive velociraptors jump out of the bushes, gentle Linus shows he does have an aggressive side too.

This fun picture book for children four years of age and older not only features dinosaurs but it might also be a sneaky way of convincing your little T. Rex that eating his or her vegetables might be just the way to emulate this not-so-ferocious dinosaur!

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