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Tommysaurus Rex

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  742 ratings  ·  138 reviews
A tale about a boy and his T Rex! Ely is an everyboy trying to cope with the death of his dog Tommy. When he finds a live, 40-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex trapped in a cave behind his grandfather's house, Ely embarks on an adventure to tame this seemingly friendly giant, convince the town his new pet isn't a threat, and keep his dinosaur safe from the jealous town bully. With To ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published August 24th 2004 by Image Comics (first published August 18th 2004)
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Nicola Mansfield
A wonderful heartwarming story that at the core of it all is the story of a boy and his dog ... well, a boy and his pet, even if the "dog" is represented by a Tyranasaurus Rex. A smaller but equally potent side-theme is the redemption of a bully. Not dark, like TenNapel's other work I've read to date, but sad and bittersweet. Tender-hearted children will not be able to handle the Old Yeller type ending (and beginning). I simply adored this story and found it perfectly suited to the middle-grade ...more
Tim Vandenberg
While I *really* like Doug TenNapel's other works (Cardboard, Ghostopolis, Bad Island), I really felt "Tommysaurus Rex" fell short.

Boy's dog dies. Dog's spirit reincarnates as a T-Rex. T-Rex becomes faithful canine-like pet. T-Rex demolishes town. T-Rex saves bully. Bully & Boy make up as friends, as T-Rex dies, but only after T-Rex has self-procreated, leaving behind two new T-Rex eggs. Cycle begins again.

OK. Nice story, which could have maybe worked well in TenNapel's hyper-creative world,
In brief, a competantly-drawn tale of a boy stumbling across a T-Rex in a cave, and the bodily wastes that it leaves behind. Characters are stereotypical (duplicitous politician, quirky grandpa, chunky bully, etc.), with no real focus on motivation. The concept of a "found" T-Rex could hold such potential - but the material has already been covered countless times.

Probably a good read for a small child who has never read any dinosaur fiction before, and with a heart and soul for piles of prehist
When a boy loses his best friend, Tommy, his dog, he is inconsolable. His parents send him to his grandfather's farm for the summer. He finds an unusual friend, a T-Rex, and an enemy, Randy. The adventure begins. TenNapel weaves a story of family, friendship and life lessons that you don't even see coming.
After Ely’s beloved dog Tommy is hit by a car, he goes to live with his grandfather for the summer. Soon after the local bully starts bothering him, he comes across a very friendly dinosaur. They become the best of friends and get into all sorts of trouble together. Ely and his grandpa try to convince the town that a dinosaur is worth having around. I like Tennapel’s illustrations. They seem to have a certain bit of darkness to them. He also has a common theme of bullying, and he always seems to ...more
Muhammad Naqvi
This book is called tommysauras Rexes by Doug Tenable and is based on the genre fantasy. Where and when does this book take place? This book takes place in a farm rural side of a country and its in the present day. I think this is fantasy because it includes a dinosaur in the present day which is not normal, but is FANTASTIC. Who are the main characters? The main characters are Ely, a bully and Ely’s grandpa. What was the problem and solution. The problem was that Ely lost his dog Tommy. Fortuna ...more
Not a huge fan of this one. It did surprise me as (view spoiler). I was like, WOAH, but yeah, TenNapel's work is a little darker, even if it is meant for kids. The biggest issue I had with this one is (view spoiler) ...more
Tommysaurus Rex is a heart-warming and touching tale about a boy and his dinosaur. Yup, that's correct, his dinosaur!
Full of humor, tension, and tragedy. Tears will be shed. Hearts are broken, hearts are healed, important lessons are learned, and the ending is both heartbreaking and bittersweet yet ultimately an optimistic one.
Highly recommended for middle-grade readers, especially those who love dogs and dinosaurs.
This was a really sweet and creative book. Ely lost his dog who was then somehow reincarnated into a T-Rex (go with it). It was a quick and easy read and the characters were amusing. The ending, although a tad predictable, was sweet.
zaCk S
pretty cute for gradeschoolers - features that dream-logic/bluntness of a children's story. i enjoyed reading it, but of course, it doesn't reach the heights of GHOSTOPOLIS or CREATURE TECH. i've become a fast fan of doug tennapel - his influences are obvious, and he celebrates them well. there's a jeff smith / bill watterson style easy humor, and while the jokes occasionally feel forced, their written with a warmth that i can easily forgive. so while it's definitely boy-centric, i say, get it f ...more
Becky B
Ely is heartbroken after his dog runs into the street and is hit by a car. As consolation, Ely's parents let him go work with Grandpa on the farm for the summer. The work there is a hundred times more difficult that Ely ever thought it would be, and a local bully starts making his life a bit miserable. But things start to look up when Ely finds a new pet. Yes, the new pet happens to be a rather large carnivore, and yes, the new pet might be a bit of a challenge to train, but Ely is convinced he ...more
Ely's only friend is his rambunctious dog Tommy. When Tommy is killed by a car, Ely is desolate until his father lets him spend the summer on his grandfather's farm. Things there are not great either, though--the work is hard, and a local bully makes Ely's life miserable. Hiding in a cave from the bully, Ely makes a startling discovery--a live, full-size T-Rex, who also seems in search of a friend. Naming the T-Rex Tommy, Ely needs to persuade his grandfather and the town that the dinosaur is sa ...more
TenNapel says to think of this as an Easter story, a Resurrection story--and when you have that framework going in, the story takes on a whole new meaning! On the surface, a story of a kid who loses his dog, goes to live with Grandpa for the summer, and meets up with some bullies. Then… he discovers a T-Rex. The T-Rex becomes his new pet with mixed results initially (after all T-Rexes can be awfully destructive, even if accidentally). The ending shows some subtle clues to the Resurrection/Easter ...more
Previously I had red TenNapel’s books Ghostopolis and Cardboard and really enjoyed them both. I loved the quirkiness, the illustration, and the positive endings. Tommysaurus Rex was an entertaining read, but my least favorite TenNapel graphic novel so far.

Ely’s dog Tommy is hit by a car and Ely is devastated. In an effort to cheer Ely up his parents agree to let him spend the summer at his grandpa’s farm. While at the farm Ely finds a T-Rex trapped in a cave. Ely and T-Rex become the best of fri
i kind of recommend this book because you can lock on to the book but the story line was slow the characters fit the story really goodly.When Ely and his dinosaur went outside its always a adventure some parts of the book were not that good and some parts were humorus like a part of the book when the dinosaur was peeing in the
mayors car. some parts of the were unnessary like when a cow gets ate by the dinosaur and you can see
the bone and meat cover all over the rib cage and when the dinosaur po
Reading this book was an enjoyment because I can relate to a few parts in the story. Doug TenNapel’s books are just so easy to read and follow. The book might be a little easy for me, but it still has a great story to be told throughout the course of the book. It follows most of the same principals of Doug’s other books; that is short comments that go back and forth quickly and amazingly descriptive photos that makes it seem like you’re there. I recommend this book to readers that understand pic ...more
The story is difficult to read, like it is missing pages. "Wait, what just happened? How?" It lacks the neat characters, art, and humor of his other stories.

And it's completely unbelievable. Sure, I jumped into Ghostopolis, and even the one about monsters from space, and monsters in a zoo, but not even I can get behind that the T-Rex didn't just eat the kid.
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Tommysaurus Rex
Intermediate Graphic Novel (Shared Read Aloud)
Jack lists his first favorite movie as How to Train Your Dragon. This story engages a wide range of readers as it follows the main character’s struggle with owning and training a sometimes dangerous (by nature) Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jack also notes that he likes to read comic books and enjoys hanging out with his family. The classic storyline of “taming the beast” paired with meaningful, engaging artwork makes for a fun shared read with a
Ely's best friend is his dog Tommy. Sadly, Tommy gets hit by a car and Ely is devastated. He goes to his grandpa's farm for the summer and finds a t-rex in a cave. Now Ely has a new best friend, one who destroys everything in his path. Ely and Grandpa have to teach the t-rex to obey. Once they do they start earning all kinds of money to pay for damages and helping the local politician. Ely has run-ins with the local bully who wants to destroy Ely's good fortune. There is a story in here about fr ...more
Adelaide Metzger
READ THIS!! It's a tearjerker and a heart-warming story about forgiveness. Don't skip it in the bookstore.
Kara Lycke
For a middle-grade audience, but serious issues of loss and love. Mean people suck but are human, too.
Alex Murphy
Pretty sweet, kinda forced in parts, and I did cry a little (when don't I?)

This kids graphic novel I got from work for less than $5. So to me it was worth the read. Ely's dog was hit by a driver, he goes to live on his Grandpa's farm for the summer. He is super bullied, like a little too over the top. A stranger, bullies him for his dog being dead, then makes him eat poop.

Ely finds a Tyrannosaurus and with the help of his really super amazing grandpa, is allowed to keep him as long as he trains
Funny, touching, and sweet. I loved the grandpa.
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3.5 stars
Although this is not my favorite TenNapel graphic novel (Bad Island and Cardboard are just so spectacular), I still love how clever he is. I also know that this book will FLY off of my shelves in the fall - kids will adore it!

After Ely’s dog Tommy dies from being hit by a car, Ely’s father allows him to take a trip to visit his grandfather’s farm. His father hopes this trip will help him overcome his grief as well as give him some
A classic "that's good, that's bad" coming of age story about a boy and his dinosaur. Ely has a dog named Tommy that he loves in only the way a boy can (that's good), until one day Tommy runs into the street and is hit by a car (that's bad). Ely is very sad and his parents decide that the time is right for Ely to spend the summer with his Grandpa on his farm (that's good). Ely isn't good at making friends and some local kids bully him and make him eat dog poop (that's bad - and disgusting!) They ...more
Emilia P
A really positive 3 stars! Everything TenNapel does is sweet, just a bit narratively weird (in a good way!), seen through his own unique lens on the world. A little boy's dog dies, his parents send him to hang out on his grandfather's farm, a T.Rex who turns out to be his reincarnated dog (because why the heck not!) shows up and they try to figure out how not to have the T.Rex terrorize the town -- it's really hard to not destroy things when your poop is the size of a bus! Yes, that is depicted ...more
Ely just lost his pet dog and to cheer him up, his parents send him to his grandfather's farm. There, his grandfather gives him a toy dinosaur. Sadly, the town bully swipes it from him and he finds himself with one less thing to cheer him up. Not only that, but working on a farm is a lot less fun than Ely first thought.

When he's allowed to explore, he finds a cave with a real Tyrannosaurus Rex, only he seems to be more friendly than he should be. In fact, he acts just like his old dog Tommy. He
I thought the book was awesome. It had 118 pages. The genre was fantasy. It was about a boy who loses his dog because he ran out in front of a car. He was in this cave a found this Dinosaur. He named him Rex because he was a T-rex. There was this kid who bullied him. His name was Randy. He came over to his Grandpa's farm and picked on him a little bit. Then Ely (the boy) said to Rex to eat him but Rex saw a cat and ran after it. The dinosaur ran after the cat and while doing that, he wrecked a f ...more
After Ely's dog Tommy is killed by a car, he is inconsolable, and his parents send him to stay with his grandfather on his farm. The old man gives him a plastic T-Rex, and he discovers a real one living in a cave nearby. They become friends, and he is allowed to keep the dinosaur as long as he can keep it under control. He does so, but the T-Rex, who reminds him of Tommy, is frightened by fire, and Randy, one of the local bullies, hatches a plot to ruin everything. In many respects I liked how t ...more
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