Rory the Dinosaur Needs a Christmas Tree (Rory the Dinosaur #3)

by Liz Climo (Author)

Rory the Dinosaur Needs a Christmas Tree (Rory the Dinosaur #3)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

When Rory the Dinosaur starts to get excited for Christmas, he notices that his island home doesn't exactly have the best trees around for a festive holiday feel. So he and his dad set out to decorate their home the best way they can--but without the perfect tree Rory is worried that Christmas will be ruined! Can Rory and his friends save the spirit of the season?

Comic artist Liz Climo looks at the true meaning of the holidays--spending time with friends and having the love and support of your family--even in a place without any snow or evergreens to speak of.

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Publishers Weekly

The delights are in the details in Rory the dinosaur's third picture book, which features more sly cartooning and understated storytelling from Climo. A Christmas tree is the only piece of holiday decor missing from Rory and his father's island tree house (stockings made for clawed feet hang above a roaring campfire), and the two don their "winter gear" before heading out (a scarf and pair of earmuffs get the job done in their tropical environs). Immovable palms and sad stumps don't fit the bill, but Rory's disappointment proves short-lived when his tall, green, and spiky father brings new meaning to the idea of a living Christmas tree. A total charmer. Ages 4-8. Agent: Kathleen Ortiz, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1—Rory the little dinosaur and his dad are back, this time on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree. When none of the trees on their island home proves to be a good fit, it seems like Rory's Christmas might be ruined. But fun traditions with family and friends keep his spirits alive, and on Christmas day, he gets a special treat: Dad, wrapped in lights and topped with a star, stands in, becoming the "best tree ever!" Climo's super-cute digital illustrations of round green dinosaurs and their island friends highlight this readable and engaging story. A good balance of humor and sincerity prevents the message about the true meaning of the holidays from feeling trite, and keeps the focus on the family. VERDICT An appealing read-aloud that will have fans of Rory and his dad celebrating.—Brooke Sheets, Los Angeles Public Library

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Liz Climo
Liz Climo grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Los Angeles after college to work as a character artist on The Simpsons. She is the illustrator of You Don't Want a Unicorn! and Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back?, as well as the author and illustrator of the Rory the Dinosaur series, You're Mom, Please Don't Eat Me, The Little World of Liz Climo, Lobster is the Best Medicine, and Best Bear Ever! Liz currently lives with her husband, their daughter, and their dog Shooby. You can see more of her work at or on Instagram (@LizClimo).
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Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
October 10, 2017
Rory the Dinosaur
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV013060 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
JUV017010 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Christmas & Advent
Library of Congress categories
Fathers and sons
Christmas stories

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