Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna, the Very First Chicken — 17 Comments

  1. I read this story with my six-year-old daughter. She loved the illustration and we had a lot of conversation about the birds being from the dino. age. The story is basic but honestly the fact that there is another dino. The story for children to choose from is a success. A great ‘quick read’-to share with students would be beneficial-tag it along with a 3-5 min. ‘Quick write’ would also be a fun journal idea. 3 stars.

  2. I thought it was a cute book; not a lot of substance besides the names of some of the dinosaurs. I then thought, well good enough? If kids like to hear it or read it, I didn’t find anything I hated about the book. It is goofy with colorful pages, not curiculum worthy but fine for a library collection or a free read at school.

  3. I think that this is a humorous book to take about differences between others. Big doesn’t mean scary or tougher. Being a bossy bully doesn’t really work either. The Dino words were a bit difficult, but kids seem to love Dinos. I read this with my students that I tutor and they enjoyed it. Onomatopoeia would be something you could cover with this. “The moral of the story is….” can also be discussed. A fun read aloud. ****

  4. A fun and silly book that would be fun to read aloud! I think it could be used as an example of how to stand up for yourself against a bully, though we would not want students to put their “claws” into each other! haha. Cute illustrations and a fun story. I think kids who already love dinosaurs would find this to be a fun book.

  5. I found this story to be ok. I could see that it would be humorous to students but I also think many of the names initially would be difficult to read. (Although it is always amazing how quickly students learn to read things they are really interested in!). Dinosaurs are a topic that draw many students to it and the cute illustrations will too. The theme of standing up for yourself even against someone (something) bigger is a good message. It has a place in my general choice library, but might not be a book I read aloud.

  6. I loved this story and so did my 2 boys. I will definitely use this in my classroom as a read aloud. I could also use it when discussing character traits, theme, or dialogue.
    4 stars from me!

  7. This book took the Big vs Small theme, the Bully theme, and gave it a comical twist. The dialogue between the chicken (inside the mouth) and T Rex was clever. The listeners would laugh at the expense of the dangerous creature. What a great time to talk about dialogue and onomatopoeia. Kids would like this; it’s fun, but not a classic.
    3 stars

  8. I found this book humorous. I know my students will find it funny and giggle as it is read to them. I have a student who loves dinosaurs and believe he would read this. I appreciate the message of standing up for yourself and not being afraid of those bigger than you. I rate it a 4.

  9. I loved this book, it was such a fun read. My children enjoyed me reading this took them because it provides many opportunities for voices and noises. I would definitely use this book as a read aloud, and then I would tie it into a writing assignment. When the T-Rex and Edna are having their first dialogue back and forth, I would have students pick two animals and write their own back and forth dialogue between their chosen animals. I would recommend this book for curriculum use, it would be fun to compare it to tall tales because of the explanation at the end. I also think kids would enjoy reading this for pleasure.

  10. This is a silly and fun book that I know kids will LOVE. It will make them laugh for sure and most kids are obsessed with dinosaurs and learning the names of them – the harder to pronounce the better in most cases. I think it would be a fun one for storytime or pleasure reading. 4/5 stars

  11. This was another book I didn’t care for. There are so many fun dinosaur books out there and this isn’t isn’t one of them. The story line is not creative and I felt it was written in a hurry.

  12. I think students would enjoy the silliness of this story. I would share it mainly as an example of reading for fun. My own children really enjoyed that the small chicken outsmarted the giant T-Rex. And they really liked the last page where it says that the story explains why today there aren’t Tyrannosaurus Rexes, but plenty of chickens. This book might be interesting used in conjunction with the Lion and the Mouse…another example of a small creature that triumphs.
    When I first read the title, I wondered if there would be some sort of allusion to the fact that chickens are thought of as the closest living relatives of dinosaurs that are alive today…I was glad to see it in the Author’s Note.
    3 stars

  13. My granddaughter, age 4, has requested this book be read to her every day, since hearing it! She loves it! The illustrations and the way the words are printed really are as much fun as the story content. Underneath the humorous story, there is a theme of standing up for yourself, even if that means attacking with shouting, claws, beak and feathers! This is slapstick humor, but my granddaughter did feel sorry for the T-Rex. I wonder if this would be a fun book to introduce ways one can deal with bullies without resorting to violence. I give this one 5 stars!

  14. I loved this story. Children enjoy saying things in silly ways and many children know something about dinosaurs. The illustrations were funny. I also think it can be used to teach bravery. That no matter your size or appearance one should believe in themselves and stand up against adversity. ****

  15. I could see children loving this book. For one, it’s about dinosaurs. Then, the illustrations are colorful and fun; Edna is just adorable. I don’t really know how I would use it as a teaching tool, but could be a fun read to have in the library. I do like Edna’s, “I am small and brave and you should be afraid of me.” line.

  16. I really liked this book. I read it with my own 2 children and they laughed at the thought of a chicken chasing down a T-Rex. I think this would be great book to teach that just because your small, doesn’t mean you can’t do mighty things. The pictures are bright and I like how the words are different sizes. Some of the dinosaur names are hard to pronounce, but for young kids it can be interesting to hear how they would pronounce those big words. I would give this book a 4.5 rating.

  17. I really did not enjoy this book at all. It was boring. I think some students may like this if they enjoy dinosaurs, but may have difficulty pronouncing their names. There just wasn’t a very good story my opinion. I don’t think I would even put this out for free reading.
    I give this 1 star.

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