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Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark

Written by Jonathan Stutzman and illustrated by Jay Fleck
Published by Chronicle Books
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Goodreads Rating - 4.7 / 5.0
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What Does Bookroo Think of This Book

“A clever, humorous, and relatable read of dinos who bravely find light in the very scary dark.”

Tiny and Pointy are planning a backyard campout. It’s their first one, and they’re nervous about the “very dark dark.” Though they are “mighty beasts,” even “mighty beasts get scared” without “nighty-lights.” Tiny remembers wise words from his mother that if he is very brave, he can always find a light in the dark—so they set to work on their secret plan to be brave and combat the dark by building their tent to hide in, making helmets to protect them from “Grumbles and Nom-bies,” and stringing lights around the backyard. Their campsite is perfectly illuminated until an unexplained problem occurs and the lights go out, leaving them in the very scary dark. Both “scared together” and “brave together,” they look up and find comforting light in the starry-night sky. Fleck’s darling, colorful illustrations are packed full of funny details (like Auntie Junip’s scary face mask, tiny dino footie pajamas, and scary shadows showing that even Tiny’s stuffed plush is a mighty beast) that combine with Stutzman’s funny lines (like “It is hard to look for something when you have your eyes shut”) to create a delightfully enjoyable second tale for these dino friends that is perfect for tykes who, like Tiny and Pointy, are scared of the dark.

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Publisher Summary

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.

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Quotes from This Book

  • "And it is hard to look for something / when you have your eyes shut."
  • "We are all scared together. / Maybe we can be brave together, too."

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • When Tiny was scared of the dark, he remembered back to his mom’s advice that there’s always a light shining somewhere, and he can find it if he’s brave. What words of wisdom have your parents told you?

  • Tiny and Pointy work together to problem solve and create their own super-bright nighty-light. When have you used problem-solving skills like Tiny and Pointy?

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Who Wrote Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark

Jonathan Stutzman

Jonathan Stutzman is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. His short films have screened at film festivals all over the world and on television. He lives in Palmyra, Pennsylvania.

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Who Illustrated Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark

Jay Fleck

Jay Fleck is the author-illustrator of Tilly & Tank and the illustrator of a number of other children’s books. He now resides in a suburb south of Chicago with his wife, two children, and loyal dog, Otis.

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Jonathan Stutzman's Book Dedication

For Lari, keep shining

Jay Fleck's Book Dedication

To A and O, who still sleep with the light on.

What Do Critics Say About This Book

  • Kirkus Reviews

    “Maybe, together, the two can be brave enough to open their eyes and look for lights? They are, and when they do, there is the shining moon and a sky filled with glimmering stars . . . A reassuring promise for timorous toddlers with special squishes of their own.”

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
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Publication Date:
March 3, 2020
Text Details:
Typeset in Intelo and Brandon Printed.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations in this book were rendered in pencil and colored digitally.