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The horrible play date
Vail, Rachel.
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Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
T Rex and his best friend, Walter, have been looking forward to their play date, but when they get too rambunctious and everything is going wrong, Mama knows how to make things right.
Reading Level:
410 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 71509.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.8 2 Quiz: 27858 Guided reading level: L.
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J READER Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Readers
J READER Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Award-winning 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. T's friend Walter is coming over, and T is ready for a day of fun! But this play date doesn't turn out the way T expected. Walter gets too rambunctious -- and T just gets fed up. Can Mama Rex fix the most horrible play date in history?

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 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A young dinosaur and his patient mother star in the Mama Rex and T chapter-book series for early readers by Rachel Vail, illus. by Steve Bjorkman, first published for the school market and now available to the trade. In the first tale, Mama Rex and T: The Horrible Play Date, T's best friend, Walter (a boy), arrives for a play date and the two turn T's room into a disaster. Mama Rex and T: Homework Trouble features T and his mother racing to do a school project at the last minute because T forgot to tell Mom about it sooner. In both cases, mother knows best, using subtle methods to bring about desired results. Bjrkman's ink-and-watercolor artwork, sometimes reminiscent of James Stevenson, lends a generally airy sense of motion to the proceedings. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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.