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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  38 reviews
This playful dinosaur will slither, skid, slide and glide his way into children s hearts! Encourage children to explore synonyms with the loveably cheeky Thesaurus Rex, who has an irresistible way with words. Action-verb and noun synonyms feature throughout Laya Steinberg s energetic text which, paired with award-winning Debbie Harter s vibrant watercolors, will engage boy ...more
Paperback, 24 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Barefoot Books (first published September 1st 2003)
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Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love the idea of this book, and am glad it was made; however, I didn't love it. I feel like this has so much potential, but fell a hair short. I think that even a brief description of what a synonym is at the beginning of the book would have taken care of the issue, because without knowing (and as a tool to introduce children to the concept), the book just seems like a bunch of random words linked together. It was fun enough, but it could have been so amazing. ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
This is a great introduction to the concept of synonyms. Maddie really liked it - the split your pants humour is right on target for her just now. Kait liked it as well.
Barbara Band
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Pre-school, reception.
Grandson (age 2) is obsessed with dinosaurs so picked this up at the library to read with him.

Baby T rex does all the things children would do … drinking milk, exploring the garden, getting messy, having a bath, going to bed … so lots children can relate to. Bright, simple colourful illustrations. Each activity is accompanied by words connected with it such as "Thesaurus Rex goes exploring: hunting, searching, foraging, poking, splish, splash, his feet are soaking" - a good way to introduce new
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
A cute introduction to the concept of synonyms.
Such a cute book! I loved reading it with my little guy and I think I’m going to add it to my storytime rotation 😁
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: winter-2020-2021
How can I say this the book was good, satisfying, superb, positive, marvelous, favorable, exceptional and I enjoyed it!
Feb 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2009
Cute story with rhyming narrative about a dinosaur and his activities throughout the day. The words used for each activity have several synonyms, which is a nice introduction for children for the purpose of a Thesaurus. And of course, it's cute that Thesaurus sounds like a kind of dinosaur, so it really makes this a fun book for children. ...more
Very cute and clever story. Thesaurus Rex does things. Beneath what he does are several synonyms for what he just did.

"Thesaurus Rex starts to slip: slither skid slide and glide. Whee! What a speedy ride!"

The illustrations are as good as the text. Very clever. This will be a mentor text I use when I teach word choice in the writing process. Nice book!
Meghan Hunt
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jp-picture-books
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Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun - and funny - way of looking at synonyms. Not on the same level as the The Great Grammar Book, but still a way of making language interesting to children. ...more
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Cute rhyming book that introduces synonyms--though not in a preachy, teachy, overt kind of way. Not happy with how I used the book this go-round. Am thinking I need to use it with my younger students--read story first, then go back and discuss synonyms.
Very cute and toddler/pre-schooler friendly book about a playful dinosaur. The text uses rhyming and synonyms for word development skills.
Nov 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a fun little book with lots of dino action and synonymns. :)
Feb 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Cute picture and rhyming.
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great book to use when teaching synonyms!
Susan Kennedy
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
excellent for Thesaurus Thursdays
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Thesaurus Rex
by Laya Steinberg
a silly story about dinosaurs being able to learn more about words and word usage
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Read this book to two classes of first graders.
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Thesaurus Rex has a wonderful day having fun and sometimes getting onto mischief! This is a really cute book about an adorable little dinosaur who uses synonyms and rhyming to define his actions.
Nancy Jo Lambert
Aug 05, 2012 rated it liked it
This would be a good book for teaching synonyms. The easy text makes it more suitable to younger children though. The illustrations are also more appealing to young kids.
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Favorite SHORT bedtime story when M & O were little and we were exhausted
May 04, 2013 rated it liked it
What a fun little idea for an educational picture book. I may use this for storytime and how it goes with children.
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fun find for any primary classroom.
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
I bought this with the idea that it would be similar to the Miss Alaineus book. This is definitely bettter suited to the K-1st grade levels.
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Mar 20, 2015 added it
Shelves: library
Mama read this to me after my nap. My favorite illustration was where the mama dinosaur rescued the baby from the mud!
cute little story of a dinosaur using synonyms, although the second graders listening to the story seemed to focus more on the rhyming words!
Great book for younger elementary age about descriptive words, synonyms to be used in a library lesson about using the thesaurus.
Alexandria Hiam
Great book for younger elementary age about descriptive words, synonyms to be used in a library lesson about using the thesaurus.
Cute book to introduce synonyms to younger students.
Bridget Neace
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
It was all right--if you want a picture book for teaching synonyms, a better option (in my humble opinion) is Nancy Coffelt's "Big, Bigger, Biggest!" ...more
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