This new twist on a classic will be a big hit with dinosaur lovers! The discovery in 2005 of modern birds living amongst dinosaurs inspired Cheryl Bardoe to create this cute story. As you can imagine, when the little ducklings see the baby Tyrannosaurus rex they all agree with the neighbor that he is “the ugliest duckling I’ve ever seen!” As the baby T. rex travels to make his home away from his duckling family, he finds that he inspires only fear in all the other creatures he encounters. He is convinced that he is a monster until a lovely large green dinosaur who looks a lot like him takes him home to live with her and her children.
The last few pages containing “scientific illustrations of the dinosaurs and other flora and fauna that play a part in this book” and the author’s and artist’s notes demonstrate Bardoe and Doug Kennedy’s commitment to making not only an amusing book, but also one based on the most recent paleontological research. Kennedy’s watercolor illustrations bring a cartoon-like charisma lacking in many dinosaur books, which bring to life this prehistoric time.
Check the WRL catalog for The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur: A prehistoric tale.