Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark

Chronicle. Mar. 2020. 48p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781452170343.
PreS-Gr 1–Tiny T. Rex and his friend Pointy are very afraid of the dark. This puts a major damper on their plans to have a campout in the backyard. The two are used to night-lights and there aren’t any outside. What will they do if the Grumbles and the Nom-bies come out? What if the Crawly-creeps show up? Tiny T. and Pointy are ready to tackle this problem. They start with what they think will be a sturdy hiding fort and strong helmets. But their tent doesn’t do a very good job hiding Tiny T. Unfortunately, his helmet, a food strainer, is a little too small for his large head. The duo come to the conclusion that they need more light so they won’t be as scared. Christmas lights will take care of that...until they break. Tiny’s mother has told him there is always a light shining somewhere. Could she be right? This book captures how many children feel about the dark. It’s a great way to open up conversation about this issue and help them deal with it. The text is clear and appealing. Young listeners will enjoy the elaborate plans the friends go through to conquer their problem.
VERDICT A great read-aloud for little ones—and not just those who are afraid of the dark.

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