While watching the movie “Jurassic Park” recently, I came to a conclusion: 2020 is behaving like a Tyrannosaurus rex. The pandemic, the wildfires, murder hornets, all sorts of crazy weather events across the globe — they’ve charged right at us, sometimes with a roar. If we really had to have a dinosaur for 2020, why couldn’t it have been an herbivore, like a plant-eating stegosaurus? At least we might have had a chance of getting out of its way.
Since we seem to be stuck with T. rex this year, I thought I might as well put together a Tyrannosaurus rex reading list. And because kids love dinosaurs, the list is super kid-friendly. I remember having a dinosaur pop-up book when I was little, and I thought it was the coolest book ever. If you’re worried that these titles might be too scary for your little ones, here’s a secret: in these books he’s a vegetarian, or a chicken, or he just really loves Christmas. And sometimes a T. rex just wants to give you a hug, which is really hard when you have really short arms.
I can’t change how the 2020 Tyrannosaurs rex is behaving, but I can offer a gentler version of the beast with this selection of books. Have fun reading!
• “Chick-o-Saurus Rex” written by Lenore Jennewein, illustrated by Daniel Jennewein.
You may have heard that chickens are closely related to dinosaurs. Turns out that dinosaur DNA comes in handy when Little Chick is bullied by some of his barnyard companions, but not so he can bully them back. Find out how a chicken saves the day — and the bullies — when a hungry wolf enters the scene.
• “Linus the Vegetarian T. Rex” written and illustrated by Robert Neubecker.
Wouldn’t a broccoli-munching T. rex be a lot less scary? Dinosaur fan Ruth Ann MacKenzie thought she knew everything about dinosaurs, but when she meets Linus at the Museum of Natural History, and asks him why he isn’t acting like a predator, he shows her he’s still the king of dinosaurs (even though he likes to eat arugula).