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Tyrannosaurus time
Ryder, Joanne.
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Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
A child is transformed into a Tyrannosaurus rex for a day and discovers what it is like to be a killing machine and the largest meat-eating animal to have hunted on land.
Reading Level:
AD 900 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 3.8 2 Quiz: 25149 Guided reading level: NR.
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In this exciting addition to a "consciousness-expanding series" (ALA Booklist), readers are invited to travel back sixty-four million years to the domain of one of the last of the true giants -- the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex. As in all the Just for a Day books, scientific information, exciting illustrations, and an evocative text combine to help readers imagine what it would be like to be a mighty dinosaur -- just for a day.

Author Notes

Joanne Ryder studied journalism at Marquette University. For several years she was an editor of children's books in New York, before she quit to write full-time.

Ryder is an award-winning author whose books offer a unique blend of poetry and science. Her Just for a Day series invites children into the world of wild animals, ranging from a sea otter to Tyrannosaurus rex.

Ryder's book, The Snail's Spell, won a New York Academy of Sciences Book Award. She has been named three times in the annual list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by a joint committee of the Children's Book Council and the National Science Teachers Association.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-9. Lyrical, even mystical prose draws readers into a vivid re-creation of a day in the life of a Tyrannosaurus rex 65 million years ago. Acrylic paintings imagine the lushly vegetated habitat where the giant meat eater stalks for prey. As the pages turn, children are drawn into a prehistoric era where a pterosaur casts a shadow over the tyrannosaurus, and where creatures of the Cretaceous period flee from the giant dinosaur. Finally, taking an unwary and aged triceratops by surprise, the tyrannosaurus unleashes its teeth and talons until it feels the triceratops' "quick heartbeat fading, fading in his veins." Melding poetic intensity with gripping visualization of the action, the book offers a memorable depiction of prehistoric life. It will make a fine addition to both library and natural history museum collections. --Ellen Mandel

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4 A young wanna-be paleontologist becomes a Tyrannosaurus rex in the blink of an imagination, striding through a late-Cretaceous landscape in what will become the western United States. On the hunt, the giant creature observes his habitat, filled with other denizens of that long-ago era. (Unfortunately, none are identified, though dedicated young dinophiles will rattle off their scientific names with masterful ease.) The brief, lyrical text and the realistic, green-glossed acrylic paintings complement one another as the hunt ends in an ungory kill and a relatively ungory feast. An author's note provides extra data on T. rex and its world, but young readers and listeners will be begging for more. Jack Horner and Don Lessem's nifty Digging up Tyrannosaurus Rex (Crown, 1992) will be just the ticket, while others may enjoy trying on the role of a Hypsilophodon in Jim Murphy's oversized and attractive Dinosaur for a Day (Scholastic, 1992). Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.