From the prehistoric world to the modern world, Rex is a dinosaur who traverses time when he gets frozen during the ice age.
When the iceberg he’s inside finally melts, Rex finds himself in unfamiliar territory. The 21st century is not made for dinosaurs!
Rex is given a helping hand to disguise himself so he doesn’t scare the humans. He also learns about speaking and food (what is and isn’t food in this new world), and gets a job.
Rex becomes an undercover creature living in the city and trying to avoid the dangerous humans. With the helping hands of other creatures in disguise he tries several different jobs, but employment for a dinosaur in disguise proves more difficult than he expects. He’s also rather homeick.
Then when nine year old Sandra notices something unusual she begins to investigate. Will Sandra and her friend Anish solve the mystery? Will Rex lose his anonymity and that of the other creatures?
Elys Dolan’s Rex is entertaining and humorous, but also has valuable underlying messages about anti-discrimination and inclusion.
Rex: Dinosaur in Disguise is a heavily illustrated novel that’s great for newly independent or reluctant readers, or those who would like to escape for a while.
Title: Rex: Dinosaur in Disguise
Author/Illustrator: Elys Dolan
Publisher: Walker, $19.95
Publication Date: June 2022
For ages: 7+
Type: Junior Fiction