Graphic Novel Review: Tommysaurus Rex

Graphic Novel Review: Tommysaurus RexTommysaurus Rex by Doug TenNapel
Published by GRAPHIX on May 28th 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 144
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In the tradition of OLD YELLER comes the heartwarming friendship between a boy and his Tyrannosaurus Rex.

When Ely's beloved dog, Tommy, is hit by a car, he goes to his grandpa's house for the summer to get his mind off things. While exploring a nearby cave one day he discovers a full-grown but friendly Tyrannosaurus Rex. As the news of the dinosaur grows around town, so does the friendship between Ely and his Jurassic pet. But Randy, the mean kid down the street, decides he's going to make life miserable for Ely and his dinosaur-to devastating effect.

Ely just lost his pet dog and to cheer him up, his parents send him to his grandfather's farm. There, his grandfather gives him a toy dinosaur. Sadly, the town bully swipes it from him and he finds himself with one less thing to cheer him up. Not only that, but working on a farm is a lot less fun than Ely first thought. 

When he's allowed to explore, he finds a cave with a real Tyrannosaurus Rex, only he seems to be more friendly than he should be. In fact, he acts just like his old dog Tommy. He does tricks, is helpful and seemingly harmless. Lucky enough, Ely is allowed to keep him as long as he doesn't harm anyone. 

I love Doug's graphic novels and so do my students. I think they will eat up this one, which makes probably the coolest animal into a likeable pet. I love the graphics and style that the illustrator uses with the characters and the environment. I tend to also be a sucker for full color graphic novels and love when I stumble upon ones as stunning as this one was. 

Final Verdict: A great story about a boy and his pet and the boundless imagination of being young.

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