The term 'required reading' gets thrown around pretty casually these days and I made a solemn vow to never use it in a review. So while I will not go so far as to say Here Comes Destructosaurus is required, I will suggest it quite strongly to anyone who is in any way connected to a toddler. Especially if that toddler is particularly active and willful, which in reality is a description of almost all toddlers, as far as I can tell.
If you have ever found yourself surveying the playroom at the end of the day, slowly shaking your head in disbelief while you wonder what natural disaster took place while you had your back turned for just one minute, then Here Comes Destructosaurus will undoubtedly hit home. A young Godzilla-like creature emerges from the sea and is immediately lectured sternly by the narrator about crashing into buildings and tracking dead fish and seaweed all over the clean streets of the city. As the damage escalates, the tension rises. But then the situation turns on a dime as it is all revealed to be a big misunderstanding. Because, really, who can stay mad at such a cute little monster?
Aaron Reynolds does a great job in capturing the nuances of toddler-parent interactions, from the warning, threats and apologies to the guilt most parents feel afterwards for being too hard on their little terrors. The illustrations by Jeremy Tankard have a wonderful comic book meets coloring book feel to them. Destructosaurus' round head and sharp little under bite give him an air of innocence, even as he lays a city to waste.
Title: Here Comes Destructosaurus!
Author: Aaron Reynolds
Illustrator: Jeremy Tankard
Publisher: Chronicle Books (2014)
Age group: Three to five
Best for kids who: love dinosaurs, monsters and knocking over tall towers of blocks
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Here Comes Destructosaurus! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
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