Sea Rex

by Molly Idle (Author) Molly Idle (Illustrator)

Sea Rex
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
What could that be

down in the sea?

Is it a fish?

A snail?

A mermaid's tail?

No, it's bigger than that . . .

a LOT bigger . . .

it's Sea Rex!

Join Cordelia and her cretacious companions as they spend a memorable day at the beach, as only dinosaurs can do!

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--A high-spirited gang of dinosaurs, first seen in Tea Rex (2013) and Camp Rex (2014, both Viking), accompany their elegant friend Cordelia, her brother, and his ever-present teddy bear to the beach in this new adventure. In concise instructions, the proper young girl offers advice on how to best enjoy a "carefree day of fun in the sun." She recommends sitting near a lifeguard, using plenty of sunscreen, and waiting to go into the water after eating the picnic lunch. In addition to catching the waves, searching for treasures on shore is also an ideal way to spend the afternoon. "Even the smallest shell can contain the ocean's mighty roar." As the sun sinks below the horizon, the most important thing to keep in mind is "When you're surrounded by friends... life's a day at the beach." Beginning and ending with clever endpapers, the colored-pencil illustrations jauntily chronicle the memorable day at the seaside. Each precisely drawn picture captures a key moment in the dinosaurs' fun-filled day. On one spread, the T-rex gleefully rides the waves and a few pages later looks on in surprise as a flock of bold sea gulls flies off with the picnic basket. VERDICT Beach lovers will bask in the warmth of this witty homage to summertime.--Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA

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Review quotes


"Idle's soft, colored-pencil illustrations exude playfulness... A cheery outing and guaranteed good time."—Booklist

..".this is certain to raise more than a few giggles..." —Kirkus ..".the deadpan writing and careful compositions work in tandem for maximum comic impact." —Publishers Weekly ..".sure to elicit giggles from the picture-book set." —Booklist "Sweet and subtle with a liberal pinch of silly..." —BCCB

PRAISE FOR TEA REX "Sure to be enjoyed by tea-party enthusiasts, and even dino fans with no use for a teapot will find themselves drawn to this clever tale of a not-entirely-civilized beast of the past." —Kirkus ..".Idle has a gift for comic composition..." —Publishers Weekly "The tension between the text and illustrations provides much to amuse the youngest tea-party hosts." —School Library Journal "A fine example of how words and pictures can lock horns to charming effect." —Booklist

Molly Idle
Molly Idle's work as an author-illustrator includes the Caldecott Honor Book Flora and the Flamingo, Flora and the Penguin, Flora and the Peacocks, Flora and the Chicks, Flora and the Ostrich, and Tea Rex, Camp Rex, Sea Rex, and Santa Rex, among other books, including Pearl, an original fable about a mermaid who learns the power of one small act. She lives with her family in Arizona, and invites you to visit her at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication date
May 20, 2015
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV032000 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | General
Library of Congress categories
Tyrannosaurus rex

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