Ah, another episode of We Recommend, in which we attempt, by hook or by crook, to find the absolutely perfect book for people who write in. Got a kid in your life who needs a recommendation? Write us with the age, reading tastes, favorite books, and any other relevant (or irrelevant) information, and we'll give it a shot.
Here's an interesting one. Check it out:
My daughter is 5 and has had a dinosaur obsession for well over a
year, especially with her favorite, the T. Rex. We have plenty of
nonfiction books about dinosaurs, but what she really wants are books
that feature girls who are dinosaurs, or girls who have dinosaurs, or
girls who study dinosaurs. We have read No T Rex in the Library, but
I have had a hard time finding other books that feature both dinosaurs
and girls. I am thinking that I might be able to tempt her toward
dragons, since there seem to be more girl/dragon based stuff (I'm
thinking especially of Jane and the Dragon, but there must be others).
Any suggestions, especially for books featuring T Rexes and girls,
would be very much appreciated!
While I fully embrace and understand the mom's attempt to steer her towards dragons, there's something in me that really admires this five-year-old's sticking to her guns: T Rex or the highway!
But that, of course, leaves us with a very real challenge: finding the girl T Rex book of this girl's dreams. I must admit that the first one I thought of was Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct, which is sweet and lovely and all of that, but number one: Edwina looks to be a plant eater, and number two: for someone with a dinosaur obsession, Edwina might be weak sauce, you know? I mean, in my experience the dinosaur-fixated ones tend to mind when there are the wrong kind of plates on its back or a nostril inconsistency, let alone the pearls and handbag that Edwina sports.
Then I thought of The Enormous Egg, but that turns out to be a Stegosaurus, plus a boy. That's when I started getting nervous: what if there aren't really any books about T. Rex with girls in them?
So I basically caved: I went to google. But I came up mostly dry. There was a book called Dinosaur Girl that looked promising, but I never found a copy. There's another book called Dear Tyrannosaurus Rex but I didn't read it, and all I could find was that it was like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, which I am not overly fond of.
So here is my weak offer:
It could work, right? There's a girl, there's a T. Rex, it could happen.
But it's not perfect. She may not be up for a chapter book, no matter how simple. The mother may not be ready to go down the Magic Treehouse road just yet. But other than this, I'm sorry to say, I'm dry.
But you? Readers out there? Surely you can do better for a devoted dinosaur lover like this, right? Something better than the horrific "Girl's Dinosaur Set with pink T. Rex!" set I uncovered (shudder). So please, offer it up in the comments: there's a carnivore-loving five-year-old counting on you.