[Monday Reading] A Girl and Her Dinosaur Friends

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Myra here.

It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.

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The female portrait is a pencil drawing done by Iphigene on paper. The whole poster was completed using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Thank you, once again, Iphigene for this lovely poster.

These three picturebooks feature a young girl’s friendship with the most unlikely of creatures: dinosaurs! I also like how very daintily this young girl is portrayed showing that femininity and fearlessness can take on a variety of forms.

IMG_0351Tea Rex

Written and Illustrated byMolly Idle
Published by: Viking, 2013 Book Awards: 2014 Crystal Kite Award ISBN: 0670014303 (ISBN13: 9780670014309).
Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

Reminiscent of Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Molly Idle took the idea a step further by playing around with words and having a Tyronnausaurus Rex for tea.

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The book reads a little like a manual, or a guidebook for young ones on what to do as they invite guests for tea in their home – from greeting guests at the door and bidding them farewell once the tea party is over.

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I like the little girl’s sense of propriety – from the elaborate headgear to her very polite manners and penchant for small talk as can be seen above. What particularly worked for me was how disparate the images are from the seemingly-straightforward directions found on the text – leading to a hilarious twist that adds a different layer to the entire narrative altogether.

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Written and Illustrated by: Molly Idle
Published by: Viking, 2014 ISBN 0670785733 (ISBN13: 9780670785735)
Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

It appears that Molly Idle has a thing for picturebook series (I have yet to read the Flora series: Flora and the Flamingo, Flora and the Penguin and the very recent Flora and the Peacocks) – as can be seen in how this young girl’s friendship with extinct gigantic creatures continues with Camp Rex.

I especially loved the endpapers of this particular title:

Very simple, but also quite effective. Similar to the storyline of Tea Rex, this book again reads like a guidebook of sorts with little reminders on what the group should do once they’ve made camp – from canoeing to avoiding poisonous plants and preserving the natural landscape – quite the challenge if you have dinosaurs for company. My absolute favourite though is this full-spread image:

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IMG_0359Sea Rex

Written and Illustrated byMolly Idle
Published by: Viking, 2015 ISBN 0670785741 (ISBN13: 9780670785742)
Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

I guess my mermaid spirit made this book the most appealing for me in the entire series. The entire group of friends is back – and this time they all hit the beach. The very simple language, short text (around two sentences per page) would make this appealing to a lot of young readers and would make for a really quick read-aloud:

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Somehow, Idle was able to transform a gentle reminder such as “Use plenty of sunscreen” (see above) to something comical with the illustrations that demonstrate how absurd this can play out with dinosaur friends heeding the said injunctions.

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I also enjoy seeing how the perfectly-poised young girl always ends up being totally unglamorous by the middle of the story, and how it didn’t really matter in the end. This is a fun series that I can imagine a lot of young children would enjoy reading.

Currently Reading…

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I am glad to share that I finished reading Sara Pennypacker’s Pax over the past week. I shall see whether I can manage to review this book for our upcoming reading theme.

I also finished reading Alice Walker’s The Color Purple which was a truly riveting read. I also hope to review it in the coming weeks.

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I also started reading this tome of a book last week – The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and The Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia, Jr., and Linda Antonsson – this is to help me get into the upcoming new season of the GoT TV series.

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I also hope to read this book, which I picked up from the library yesterday – In The Country: Stories by Mia Alvar – Winner of the USD $25,000 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Story Collection this year.

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17 Comments on [Monday Reading] A Girl and Her Dinosaur Friends

  1. Tea Rex looks amazing! So cute. ❤ Enjoy reading this week!

    My It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

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  2. Tea Rex looks perfect for some of my little friends! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. The Color Purple is one of my favorite novels and I loved the Broadway show! Alice Walker is amazing. Looking forward to your review. Happy Reading!

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  4. I’ve read Sea Rex, but not Tea Rex-both clever & entertaining for the young ones! The Color Purple is one I’ve read with students and on my own, a beautiful story. Hope you enjoyed Pax, Myra. Loved your vacation pics!

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  5. Have you read Lulu and the Brontosaurus? Might be another good one for your theme!

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  6. Molly Idle is new to me, but these books look enchanting, Myra. I hope you love Pax every bit as much as I do!

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  7. As soon as I saw that image of Persepolis I remembered that I really want to read it! We have Tea Rex, but I didn’t even know there was more of this series. I love Molly Idle though.

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  8. I have always been fond of dinosaurs. My tween used to be in love with them in the first grade and some boy in her class made some snarky comment that I informed the teacher about. She set him straight how girls can like dinosaurs.

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  9. The Color Purple is a long time favorite for me. 🙂 I am glad you loved it, too! I like all of the flying books that you shared! I just finished The Game of Love and Death, and one of the two narrators is a female pilot. It’s an enjoyable book. 🙂

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  10. Molly Idle’s illustrations are super fun. I had a good time reading Tea Rex. I read the next one, but haven’t gotten to Sea Rex yet. Pax is a thinking book and I really liked it. The Color Purple is one that has stayed with me for many years.

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  11. I love all of the Molly Idle love here this week! 🙂

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  12. The dinosaur books look like fun! It’s been a long time since I read The Color Purple, but I remember being captivated with it when I did.

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  13. Oh my gosh those Molly Idle books look adorable! I love dinosaurs! I need to read them to my son. 🙂 Pax looks good, although I am afraid to read it. I would need to know how it ends before I commit to it. I love foxes and couldn’t handle a sad ending for the boy or the fox. 🙂

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  14. bluestockingthinking // April 19, 2016 at 9:27 pm // Reply

    My 21 month old makes the most hilarious “dinosaur sound” so perhaps we should check out your dino titles!! Love your gorgeous beach pictures!!

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  15. Ooh, your copy of The Color Purple is gorgeous! That reminds me that I’d love to reread that one. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

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  16. I love Molly Idle’s Rex books! Thank you for highlighting them 🙂

    Happy reading this week!

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  17. I haven’t read any of her Rex books but I love her Flora books.

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