Rex Wrecks It! – Ben Clanton


       Rex Wrecks It! – Ben Clanton, Candlewick Press, (9780763693084), 2017

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Gizmo, a robot, Sprinkles, a pink bunny with a unicorn horn, and Wild, a furry yellow monster, are three little friends who love to build things with blocks.  But Rex, a dinosaur, loves to knock everything down with an enthusiastic “RAWR!”  When Rex knocks down the big, strong and “awesomerific” block castle that the three friends build together, everyone is upset, even Rex.  Then Gizmo comes up with the idea of building something – with Rex.  So the four build a huge arch and then “wreck it all together!”  Preschoolers will definitely identify with the fun of building and knocking down block structures.  The pen, ink and watercolor illustrations are full of personality and humor.  

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a perfect book for toddlers with a nice example of cooperation.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries  and preschool libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Board books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library,Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 4/30/17             

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