Joshua’s Bookshelf!: Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!, by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen


[This review is based on the hardcover edition published by the Abrams Books for Young Readers imprint of ABRAMS Books in 2014.]

So what’s it about?
Tyrannosaurus and all of his dinosaur friends are at school! The other dinosaurs work productively, doing art projects or playing with blocks…until Tyrannosaurus rudely (and purposefully) “wrecks” their work. Eventually, all the dinosaurs tell Tyrannosaurs to go away; sadly, he fixes everything he wrecked on purpose, only to destroy everything again by accident! He gets very upset and his dinosaur classmates invite him back to their activities, where he starts doing the right thing. Unfortunately, though, that’s not the end of the wrecks!

What did we think of the book?
The illustrations are adorable and are good representations of what each dinosaur looked like; illustrations of each type, along with its name and pronunciation, look like chalkboard drawings inside both the front and back covers. I had a great time listening to Joshua as he attempted to pronounce the name of each different dinosaur (with surprisingly good luck!), and he thoroughly enjoyed shouting, “WRECKS!” every few pages. Both of us liked the fact that the story was told in rhyme, and I was thoroughly impressed that the author found so many good rhymes for “wrecks” while maintaining a sensible story. The lesson within, however, is most important: it’s not nice to “wreck” others’ work, and when you do you should apologize and both work and clean up together!

Would we add it to Joshua’s bookshelf?
Yes! Joshua loves dinosaurs and he really enjoyed shouting out every time something was wrecked. Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! is both fun and carries a lesson…it’s a keeper!

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