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Julia Donaldson is one of the UK's most popular children's authors. She is best known for her best-selling collaborations with Axel Scheffler, which include the Smarties Gold Award-winning THE GRUFFALO (978-0-333-71093-7) and its sequel, 2005's Best Children's Book THE GRUFFALO'S CHILD (978-1-4050-2046-6). Julia is also much in demand for her brilliant children's shows. David Roberts has earned great acclaim for his distinctive illustrations, and his books have been sold in over 15 countries. His previous work includes collaborations with his sister Lynn on retellings of several classic fairy stories their book LITTLE RED was shortlisted for the 2005 Kate Greenaway Medal. In 2006 he won the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award for his line drawings in MOUSE NOSES ON TOAST. TYRANNOSAURUS DRIP is David's first picture book for Macmillan.
K-Gr 3-In this prehistoric setting, waterweed-eating duckbill dinosaurs live on one side of a river, and a "mean Tyrannosaurus with his grim and grisly bride" live on the other. "What a shame that bridges aren't invented yet," the Tyrannosauruses say. But then a duckbill egg accidentally lands in the T. rex nest via an egg-snatching Compsognathus. The hatchling is dubbed Tyrannosaurus Drip by his sisters because he prefers to eat plants and sings "Down with hunting! Down with war!" instead of singing "Up with hunting! Up with war!" Just as Drip discovers his true family, lightning strikes and, lo and behold, a tree bridge forms across the river. Hilarity ensues as the rather dense Tyrannosauruses attempt to cross. The dinosaurs are rendered in an Art Deco-influenced style, and the lines roll off the tongue like the rhymes of Dr. Seuss. Children will enjoy the repetitive lilt, and adults will appreciate how naturally it reads. Expressive characters enhance the humor, and the limited palette helps emphasize just how different the creatures' worlds are. An enjoyable group read-aloud.-Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Praise for "Tyrannosaurus Drip": "With scansion firmly in hand, Donaldson pens a rhymed tale of dino-heroism perfectly complemented by Roberts's comical cartoon scenes of toothy carnivores and trumpet-mouthed vegetarians . . . T. Drip is definitely a dino worth hooting over."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "Brilliant fun from the creator of "The Gruffalo," Slightly older kids will love this, and you adults will probably enjoy it too."--supernanny.co.uk Praise for "The Gruffalo": "A modern classic."--The Observer Praise for "The Gruffalo": "A modern classic."--The Observer