Book review: Santa Rex, by Molly Schaar Idle

Idle, Molly Schaar. Santa Rex. Viking, 2017. $17.99. Unpaged. ISBN: 978-0425-29011-8. Ages 4-8. P6 Q7.

This charmingly illustrated book is has a sweetly nostalgic feel, as the young brother and sister prepare their home for Christmas with the help of their three dinosaur friends. The text is short, and the illustrations show the humor, as the group attempts to bake cookies, hang stockings, and decorate the tree, but the dinosaurs can’t help breaking things as they try to help. In the end, though, the dinosaurs find a way to make Christmas magical, because the holiday is really about being with the ones you love.

This is a fun read for younger children because the text is minimal and the pictures are funny. The book includes page-sized illustrations, pages with three illustrated panels, and a fold-out poster, and each picture includes funny details that the reader can look for.

VERDICT: The message of being together for the holidays, paired with the pastel-colored illustrations gives the story a heartwarming feel.

May 2018 review by Sudi Stodola.

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