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Homework trouble
Vail, Rachel.
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Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Mama Rex has plans for a fun afternoon with T until she learns that he has a diorama about pigs due tomorrow, and so it's off to the library, the museum, and the park to gather information and supplies.
Reading Level:
390 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 71504.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 2 Quiz: 27689 Guided reading level: L.
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READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
READER Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Readers
READER Juvenile Fiction Readers
READER Juvenile Fiction Readers

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Beloved author Rachel Vail's newest series, about an earnest young dinosaur who tries as hard as he can, and his frazzled mother who always knows how to save the day.

Mama Rex and T are two dinosaurs living in the city. T, a young dinosaur, is just like any other kid--he stays up late, he messes up his room, he gets in trouble, and he loves his mom. And Mama Rex is just like any other single working mom--she drinks lots of coffee, she's always running late, and she loves T more than anything else in the whole world. Now T has to make a diorama about pigs for school. But T doesn't know what a diorama is, and T doesn't know anything about pigs! Mama Rex and T have one night to pull this project together--can Mama Rex save T from diorama disaster?

Author Notes

Rachel Vail, born on July 25, 1966 in Manhattan. She is an author of children's and young adult books. She grew up in New Rochelle, New York, and is a graduate of Georgetown University. Her debut novel Wonder won an Editor's Choice award from Booklist in 1991, and in 1992 her second novel, Do-Over, won that award also. She has authored several series which include Friendship Ring, Mama Rex and T, If We Kiss, and Avery Sisters Trilogy.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-These beginning chapter books are a bit challenging for fledgling readers. Most pages have a daunting 50 to 60 words of text, including vocabulary such as "rambunctious" and "extinguisher." That being said, the stories may find a receptive read-aloud audience. Divided into three chapters, each book tells of the adventures of a young dinosaur, T, and his loving and patient mother. In Homework Trouble, Mama Rex helps her son complete a diorama assignment that he has put off till the last minute, taking him to the library, the Museum of Natural History, and the park in preparation. In Play Date, she helps him to understand that the way to get along with friends is to work together. Lessons are taught without overt didacticism. Playful pastel illustrations add humor to these pleasant stories. Although not first purchases, these books are adequate for libraries seeking to add selections for their "in between" readers.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.