Parents' Guide to

Santa Rex

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Holiday havoc and merry mayhem when dinosaurs are guests.

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Like the previous picture books in this series, this one has straightforward text and raucous art. While the texts of previous books were written to mimic a manners book, a guidebook, and safety guidelines, Santa Rex is written as simple advice for celebrating the holiday, so it’s not as clearly a send-up of a genre, and the humor feels a bit softer.

But the art's as fun as ever. While little brother wears an understated holiday sweater, there's nothing understated about the dinosaurs as they systematically destroy the house in the spirit of Christmas. When hanging stockings, they knock down the fireplace. When cutting snowflakes, T. rex shreds the curtain to make a dinosaur-sized design. And when setting the star at the top of the tree, he topples it, smashing ornaments and lights. So where will Santa leave the presents? On Christmas morning, the tree’s back up. It's Christmas magic! Or is it? Kids can open the fun foldout page to see who's now standing in for the tree.

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