Tuesday, October 25, 2016


If a T. Rex crashes your Birthday Party by Jill Esbaum

Today's Picture Book is If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party by Jill Esbaum, illustrations by Dasha Tolstikova.

The Story- 
You never know what will happen when a T. Rex crashes your birthday party. Sure, you'll be super excited when he turns up at your door. But then he’ll stomp. He’ll ROAR. He’ll look at you as if he’s wondering how you taste with a little mustard. In the end, though, you just may find yourself asking him to come back next year!

My Thoughts-
This is a fun picture book that reminded me of the If You Give A Mouse A Cookie books. Our party boy is super excited to have a T. Rex crash his party, until the T. Rex causes disaster at every turn. Several of the jokes I feel are more adult centered, and might need explanation, but it is a silly read. The story is told as a flashback, with the boy warning other kids about what might happen and offering his advice.

The illustrations tell the tale, and are simple, showcasing the story on white backgrounds. The T. Rex is adorable enough that it won't scare kids, but his antics relate his fierceness. My favorite sentence- "T.Rex + toys = disaster". A funny, dinosaur adventure. I give it 4 stars!


  1. What a cute idea for a picture book. I will have to check this out. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. My pleasure. Pictures books bring joy to the world.