It's Tyrannosaurus Rex - Smithsonian's Prehistoric Pals

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Storybook follows dino on search for food, gives dino facts.

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Ease of Play

There are three options: Auto Play, Read to Me, and Read It Myself. Auto Play automatically reads the entire book through. Read to Me reads each section and waits for the reader to swipe to the next page. Read It Myself simply displays the text and images and the reader can turn pages.

Violence & Scariness

The story depicts a Tyrannosaurus Rex as she searches for food, and it says the she grabs a smaller dinosaur in her jaws. The image does not show the actual event but there are many images of the T. Rex attempting to bite a dinosaur.

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There are links to the developer's website and a list of other book apps by the developer.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that It's Tyrannosaurus Rex - Smithsonian's Prehistoric Pals is a digital book app about the T. Rex. The story describes the T. Rex as it searches for food and has images of it trying to bite a smaller dinosaur; it also mentions the T. Rex catching a smaller dinosaur in its jaws but does not depict this in the images. The book has a story portion and a facts portion. There are options for having the story read aloud, and controls are simple and easy to learn.

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Is it any good?

If you have kids who like dinosaurs, IT'S TYRANNOSAURUS REX - SMITHSONIAN'S PREHISTORIC PALS is worth checking out. It's a digital book about T. Rex that they can read themselves or have read to them. The first part of the book is a story about a T. Rex in search of food, and she encounters various other dinosaurs like a Triceratops or an Ankylosaurus. The second portion presents some essential facts and figures about the T. Rex. When the "Read to Me" or "Auto Play" options are chosen, there are sound effects to go along with the narration, helping to bring the story to life. The book is not animated, but uses pan-and-zoom to display different portions of the pictures as the story is read.


The illustrations and story are excellent, if a bit short. That's the only downside to this app -- it will leave your dino-loving child hungry for more.

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