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Rex Wrecks It!

Ben Clanton, Ben Clanton (Illustrator)


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Look out! Here comes Rex! Children who love to construct — and those who love to destroy — will relate to this kid-pleasing tale that builds to a smashing finale.

Gizmo, Sprinkles, and Wild are fed up. Every time they build something with their blocks, Rex wrecks it! Whether it’s an out-of-this-world rocket, a magical heart, or the biggest, strongest, most awesomerific castle ever, Rex sends it crashing down with a “Rawr!” (and sometimes a sheepish“Rawry!”?). Isn’t there any way to make playtime fun for everyone? With Rex-size humor, Ben Clanton explores the challenges of friendship, the benefits of working together, and the joys of destruction.

Praise For Rex Wrecks It!

A warm and wacky story that feels both fresh and familiar. This enchanting, quirky quartet will entertain children with what are sure to be repeat readings. Here’s hoping Rex and his friends will be back for more.
—Booklist Online

Full of playful language and with no shortage of alliteration, this is a rousing tale about cooperative play. ... The book design is particularly well done with a pleasing square shape and full-bleed illustrations. ... Clanton’s minimalistic cartoon art is a restrained cousin to Mo Willems’s “Elephant & Piggie” books. This book is a good addition for young readers, so better practice up pronouncing “awesomerific” for the numerous read-alouds to come!
—School Library Journal

Clanton understands the comedic possibilities of the page turn. ... Sweet-tempered readaloud humor (“rawry,” Rex apologizes as he takes a bite out of a block) and Gizmo’s cerebral counsel (he explains his plans with blackboard diagrams) add charm, and it’s impossible to dislike Rex, who looks like a tiny, babyfied Godzilla—his destructive impulses may even spark a little silent cheering.
—Publishers Weekly

An overenthusiastic T. Rex does what dinos do best: wreak total destruction! ... Rex is less a bully than simply a toddler stand-in, finding his fun in destruction and then, eventually, construction. The three friends' solution to engage Rex in play rather than ostracize him is a welcome message of inclusion. ... The ink, pencil and watercolor art imbues Rex with a joyous energy. ... All told, a fine little fable. You can't hate a guy who's having this much fun, and you can't help but love a book that does the same.
—Kirkus Reviews

Clanton has used an expose of ink, pencil and watercolor, along with utilizing white space for the background. Important lessons are learned with the value of cooperation.
—Meridian Magazine

Candlewick, 9780763665012, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 23, 2014

About the Author

Ben Clanton is the author-illustrator of Vote for Me!, The Table Sets Itself, and Mo’s Mustache, as well as the illustrator of the Jasper John Dooley series by Caroline Adderson. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts.