Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark (Tiny T. Rex #2)

by Jonathan Stutzman (Author) Jay Fleck (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Tiny T. Rex

The adorable and indomitable Tiny T. Rex from the critically acclaimed Tiny T. Rex and The Impossible Hug is back in a tale about friendship and overcoming your fears.

Tiny T. Rex and his friend Pointy are having a campout in the backyard! It is what best friends do. But without their nighty-lights, the dark outside suddenly seems VERY dark . . . and very full of spooky things. Good thing Tiny has a super-secret plan to keep the dark at bay! Full of warmth and plenty of laughs, this new adventure starring Tiny T. Rex shows that friends will always find a way to face their fears together--even when those fears are not what they seem!

  • A great read-aloud book for parents and children
  • Hip, colorful art and delightful text make Tiny T. Rex an instant favorite of any dinosaur-loving toddler.
  • A perfect book to help toddlers and children overcome a fear of the dark

Fans of silly picture books like Dinosaur vs Bedtime, We Don't Eat Our Classmates, and Llama Destroys the World will love the sweet spirit and continuing adventures of Tiny T. Rex.

Meet Tiny T-Rex! He may be a small dino in a BIG world, but that won't stop him from making friends, conquering his fears, and stomping his way into your heart.

  • Read-aloud books for ages 3-5
  • Dinosaur picture books for kids
  • Friendship books for toddlers
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Kirkus Reviews

As in Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug (2019), Fleck and Stutzman really bring the cute. Tiny's superserious narration carries the adorableness with ease. [Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark is assuring promise for timorous toddlers with special squishes of their own.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1—Tiny T. Rex and his friend Pointy are very afraid of the dark. This puts a major damper on their plans to have a campout in the backyard. The two are used to night-lights and there aren't any outside. What will they do if the Grumbles and the Nom-bies come out? What if the Crawly-creeps show up? Tiny T. and Pointy are ready to tackle this problem. They start with what they think will be a sturdy hiding fort and strong helmets. But their tent doesn't do a very good job hiding Tiny T. Unfortunately, his helmet, a food strainer, is a little too small for his large head. The duo come to the conclusion that they need more light so they won't be as scared. Christmas lights will take care of that...until they break. Tiny's mother has told him there is always a light shining somewhere. Could she be right? This book captures how many children feel about the dark. It's a great way to open up conversation about this issue and help them deal with it. The text is clear and appealing. Young listeners will enjoy the elaborate plans the friends go through to conquer their problem. VERDICT A great read-aloud for little ones—and not just those who are afraid of the dark.—Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA

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Jonathan Stutzman

Jonathan Stutzman is an award-winning filmmaker and a picture book author. He is the author of Llama Destroys the World, Don't Feed the Coos, Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse and the Tiny T-Rex series. He received his masters at Temple University for Film & Digital Media. He lives in Lititz, Pennsylvania with his wife, the illustrator Heather Fox.

Heather Fox is an illustrator and graphic designer, creating art in pen and ink, digital, and gouache. She is the illustrator of Llama Destroys the World, Don't Feed the Coos and Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse. Her art is filled with large quantities of quirk and dashes of whimsy, and she is very passionate about illustrating children's books and traveling the world. She lives in Lititz, Pennsylvania, with her husband, the writer Jonathan Stutzman.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Chronicle Books
Publication date
March 03, 2020
Tiny T. Rex
BISAC categories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV039090 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | New Experience
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV032170 - Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Camping & Outdoor Activities
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Tyrannosaurus rex
Fear of the dark
Light and darkness
Backyard camping

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