Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast by Jack Prelutsky

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A collection of humorous poems about dinosaurs.

About Jack Prelutsky

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Jack Prelutsky, born in 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, is primarily known as a poet for children but he is also a gifted musician, actor, photographer, sculptor and potter. He proposed to his future wife, Carolynn, on the day they met; she accepted the next day. Prelutsky studied voice and first planned to be an opera singer. However, he decided he did not have the drive to sing opera, and he became a folk singer. Later he tried his hand at drawing. For fun, he wrote some short poems and made some drawings, which became his first publication. He has since published numerous books of illustrated poetry and also provided illustrations for books by other writers, including many in translation. Prelutsky never condescends to his young readers. He deals in verse with many imaginative creatures, but he also writes about people and problems such bullies, school, and fear of the dark. He is aware of the sound of his words and likes to perform his poetry to the accompaniment of the guitar. He visits schools and libraries to perform his work. Jack Prelutsky is the recipient of numerous awards. In 1977 The Children's Book Council honored him for Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep. His other award-winners are The Mean Old Mean Hyena, The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight, and The New Kid on the Block.
Published January 1, 1988 by Scholastic Inc.. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fourteen grand dinosaurs, rendered comic by Prelutsky's fib-tickling doggerel and endearingly ferocious by Lobel's portraits.

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Fourteen gangly dinosaurs parade through this cheerful new book of light verse. In the final work of Lobel's distinguished career, his winning drawings are accurate without being frightening, and Prel

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Accompanied by Lobel's imaginative artwork, Prelutsky recounts in typically zippy verse the antics of 14 ``terrible lizards.'' Ages 4-up.

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A few people have found it too violent for children, but in all honesty dinosaurs were generally not docile creatures so I would not expect poetry about the lives of dinosaurs to present them as such.

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