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Title:
Rex wrecks it!
Author:
Clanton, Ben, 1988- , author.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2014.

Somerville, Massachusetts Candlewick Press, 2014.

copyright2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume of unumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
Look out! Here comes Rex! Children who love to construct and those who love to destroy will relate to this kid-pleasing tale that builds to a smashing finale. Gizmo, Sprinkles, and Wild are fed up. Every time they build something with their blocks, Rex wrecks it! Whether it's an out-of-this-world rocket, a magical heart, or the biggest, strongest, most awesomerific castle ever, Rex sends it crashing down with a ""Rawr!" "(and sometimes a sheepish""Rawry!"?"). Isn't there "any "way to make playtime fun for "everyone"? With Rex-size humor, Ben Clanton explores the challenges of friendship, the benefits of working together, and the joys of destruction.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780763665012
Format :
Book

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Look out! Here comes Rex! Children who love to construct -- and those who love to destroy -- will relate to this kid-pleasing tale that builds to a smashing finale.

Gizmo, Sprinkles, and Wild are fed up. Every time they build something with their blocks, Rex wrecks it! Whether it's an out-of-this-world rocket, a magical heart, or the biggest, strongest, most awesomerific castle ever, Rex sends it crashing down with a "Rawr!" (and sometimes a sheepish "Rawry!"? ). Isn't there any way to make playtime fun for everyone ? With Rex-size humor, Ben Clanton explores the challenges of friendship, the benefits of working together, and the joys of destruction.


Author Notes

Ben Clanton is the author-illustrator of Vote for Me! , The Table Sets Itself , and Mo's Mustache , as well as the illustrator of the Jasper John Dooley series by Caroline Adderson. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts.


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Booklist Review

Gizmo, Sprinkles, and Wild a robot, a magical unicorn bunny, and a monster, respectively enjoy building with blocks. Rex, a (busy) dinosaur, wrecks everything they build. The three join forces to construct the BIGGEST, strongest, most awesomerific block castle EVER, but Rex is undeterred. Down it comes (and Rex might have eaten a block or two). Only when all four cooperate in the building and the destroying do they find perpetual peace. Clanton sets the action in open compositions on a graph-paper foundation, with a dusky watercolor palette, scribbly sensibility, and lots of real wood grain, grounding the silly, riotous chaos with some emotional weight. The result is a warm and wacky story that feels both fresh and familiar. This enchanting, quirky quartet will entertain children with what are sure to be repeat readings. Here's hoping Rex and his friends will be back for more.--Barthelmess, Thom Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Clanton (Mo's Mustache) takes on the child who can't help ruining other people's things, keeping his story light and funny as Gizmo (a robot), Sprinkles (a pink rabbit with a unicorn-style horn), and Wild (a fuzzy yellow monster) enter from stage right pulling a wagon full of wooden blocks and set to work. Clanton understands the comedic possibilities of the page turn. When Gizmo builds a rocket, the next page shows the resultant chaos: "Rex wrecks it!" When Sprinkles builds a heart or Wild builds a Wooden Wonder of Wowdom, "Rex wrecks it!" Rex even wrecks the "awesomerific" block castle that the three build together. It's Gizmo who realizes that if they include Rex in the building, the outcome may change. Sweet-tempered readaloud humor ("rawry," Rex apologizes as he takes a bite out of a block) and Gizmo's cerebral counsel (he explains his plans with blackboard diagrams) add charm, and it's impossible to dislike Rex, who looks like a tiny, babyfied Godzilla-his destructive impulses may even spark a little silent cheering. Ages 3-7. Agent: Marietta Zacker, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Full of playful language and with no shortage of alliteration, this is a rousing tale about cooperative play. When Rex (a dino) wrecks their block buildings, Gizmo (a robot), Sparkles (a unicorn bunny), and Wild (a furry little monster) must come up with a way to include Rex so that they can all build-and then destroy-a cooperative creation together. The book design is particularly well done with a pleasing square shape and full-bleed illustrations. The pale, understated shades are a perfect accompaniment to the intense activity as Rex destroys the various block creations. Clanton uses space particularly well, creating a static backdrop against which the characters move by setting the stage solely with a pale blue-checkered floor. The quieter moments feature plentiful space on the page, but when Rex wrecks things, the colored blocks explode across the page and the bold, chunky typeface makes the words stand out. Clanton's minimalistic cartoon art is a restrained cousin to Mo Willems's "Elephant & Piggie" books (Hyperion). This book is a good addition for young readers, so better practice up pronouncing "awesomerific" for the numerous read-alouds to come.- Erin Reilly-Sanders, Ohio State University, Columbus (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.