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Tea Rex

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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  2,044 ratings  ·  302 reviews
Some tea parties are for grown-ups.
Some are for girls.
But this tea party is for a very special guest.
And it is important to follow some rules . . .
like providing comfortable chairs,
and good conversation,
and yummy food.
But sometimes that is not enough for special guests,
especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . .

Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that j
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Viking Juvenile
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Dinosaurs AND tea?!? Oh yes please :-) I love this book!!! It's absolutely perfect for this girl who loves tea parties AND dinosaurs! Who knew the two could blend so perfectly!? Honestly, much as I adore the book, part of me is a bit churlish because I wish *I* had thought if the idea myself ;-)

What we have here is a charming picture book that reads like an etiquette guide on how to host a proper tea. The catch is that the guest is a T-Rex!!! So things don't go quite as smoothly as if one had in
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this really quickly in the book store. Absolutely perfect for teaching context clues. The text alone is merely a list of proper behaviors for visiting a friend and having tea together. The illustrations of the humongous tyrannosaurus trying to daintily hold a tea cup and sit in a chair that is far too small, shine a different light on things.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love Molly Idle's work. Her illustrations marry with the text in such a beautiful way. I also love the undertone of humor throughout the story as reflected in the illustrations. ...more
Rachel M
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved the illustrations and literally laughed out loud.
Jon Nakapalau
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The perfect guest to have over for tea! (right)?
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a sweet picture book about tea parties and how to be the perfect guest, especially if you are not sure of the house rules. The illustrations are stellar, and I wish I had been invited. The faces on the creatures are endearing and a lot more friendly than most people I see on a daily basis, so I'd love an invite! ( ill even bring some cookies!) ...more
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Warm, dynamic and detailed art combined with brilliantly deadpan text give this hilarious picture book tons of kid appeal. It's charming and adorable and you should all go read it, okay? Okay. ...more
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Super cute. Love Idle's artwork and the play between the text and illustrations. Very reminiscent in tone to When You Meet a Bear on Broadway. ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Yound Dinosaur Lovers and Tea Takers
As the narrator holds forth on the proper protocols for holding afternoon tea in this sweetly humorous picture-book, a young girl and boy welcome a T-Rex to their home and tea table. From 'helping' (i.e.: pulling) him in the door to offering him a seat, they follow the protocols, although the end result is perhaps not what Emily Post had in mind. Still, fun is had by all, and the children too receive an invitation to tea...

The first in a series of picture-books devoted to the adventures of this
Victoria Smith
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a wonderfully drawn, and delightfully amusing book. I think I enjoyed it more than my daughter.
I really picked this up for me rather than my son, though I thought he might like the dinosaur. I enjoyed the concept of this book, but the execution would be hard for small children to enjoy. A lot of the story ideas were visual, which were hard to explain to a two-year old. It would be fun for a slightly older child who can pick up on visual clues.

The book is a guide for children who want to have a tea party and shows the correct and not-so-correct ways to handle guests and put on a successfu
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A richly illustrated lesson in manners will have your little one requesting a re-read over and over again. What does one do when one has a friend to tea? And if that friend is a T-Rex? Lovely, lovely story, and a tea lovers dream.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What did I think? I think I thought I ought to have a T-Rex to tea, but I am awfully glad to have had this guide first, so that my manners would be above reproach, and a fine time would be guaran-"tead" for all. ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This cracked me up so much. I love the illustrations and I also love tea so it is fabulous.
Maddie Jaques
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute story, pretty pictures! Loved how Mr.Rex was so BIG compared to EVERYTHING else!
Brenda Lower
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
As I read this, I had a family in mind that I totally want to recommend it to!!!
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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What a delightful book! But I must say that those children did treat that poor T-rex so rudely! Children can be ever so unthoughtful.
Rachel Holtzclaw
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional set of guidelines about the right way to invite dinosaurs to tea parties. It's the book tea aficionados have been waiting for for decades. Thank you Ms. Idle. ...more
Baby Bookworm
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Summer Reading Day 83: Hello, everybody! Our book today was Tea Rex by Molly Idle, a humorous story about proper tea party etiquette when one of your guests is a humongous T-Rex! Cordelia and her brother invite their friend Mr. Rex for afternoon tea, and while his massive size and sometimes-beastly manner causes a bit of fuss, they do their best to entertain their guest as polite hosts do, and
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Tea Rex," by Molly Idle is a fun and entertaining for all ages. Cordelia invites her friend, Rex, over for some tea. She explains to readers the proper way to host a tea party. During a tea party accidents can easily happen so Cordelia says that, "A good host meets these little challenges with a cheerful smile..." Cordelia also explains that dancing is a necessary event to have at all parties.

The illustrations in this book jump out at you. The cover is a clear illustration of what the story wi
When children play "tea party" it is very often one of the few times you observe them behaving quietly and minding their manners. Which is why Molly Idle's Tea Rex is such a fun, hilarious read. The children in the story are minding their manners and following all the proper proceedings of a dignified tea, but their guest, Mr. T-Rex, can't help himself. He's trying to very hard to be mannerly, but he just can't help what he is: a carnivorous beast.

And yet, despite being a carnivorous beast, ther
Observing tea-time etiquette with a T-Rex as your guest creates some unusual difficulties for this pair of hosts, in what becomes a most amusing party.

Size is used very effectively, often showing the children in full, while the T-Rex expands beyond the page's confines. Composition plays a huge role in the book's visual humour, especially as this large beast participates in this dainty activity.

A rounded style, with soft warm colours perfectly portrays the sweet nature of both the tea party, and
Tea parties aren't exactly go-to subjects for picture books, but a DINOSAUR tea party? That's one party that kids wouldn't want to miss! Molly Idle's Tea Rex is an absolutely charming & silly book that begs for repeat readings. The pair of siblings in the story are planning a very special tea party for a guest whose "manners are more Cretaceous than gracious"... The story includes all of the things you'll need for a perfect tea party, but hilarity and mischief ensue as a result of the siblings' ...more
Christine Sharbrough
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny
I saw this book in a review magazine and it looked funny and it is. It is not a book that would work well in a read aloud storytime for a group, but one that would work for an older child who can appreciate the humor between what is being said and what the pictures show.

The book reads like a 1950s household management book on how to host a tea party but the illustrations show what it is like to host a tea party when one of your guests is a Tyrannosaurus Rex. It is the very large guest that gives
There is a lot to like here. A lot! Here are some things I particularly liked:

-The tea party is not gendered. It's a boy and a girl and a T-Rex. Which proves the point that my boyfriend likes to make as he's usually the only man at the place when we go out for tea: "Everyone likes tea. Who doesn't like finger sandwiches? It's not just for girls." I really liked that about the book.

-It's such a realistic look at how kids actually play. I used to babysit for a boy and his favorite game to play wa
Drew Graham
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
When inviting friends to tea there are certain protocol that must be followed... even if your guest happens to be large, green, scaly and prehistoric.

After loving Flora and the Peacocks we were glad to look up more Molly Idle, and this book is some kind of brilliant. There's texture and charm up the wazoo in the illustrations and the text is humorous and readable and engaging for the reader and the read-to. There was real motion to this story and a great conclusion. More Molly, please!
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is great. The text is an instructional manual for hosting tea, but the illustrations speak to a whole other experience being had by the tea party hosts, thanks in large part to their guest, a tyrannosaurus rex. Very funny. Useable in the classroom.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
So cute!
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very prim and proper story of a very prim and proper young lady trying to have a prim and proper tea party for her friend, T-Rex. Things begin to go awry before T-Rex even comes through the door--mostly because he doesn't fit! With a push and a shove he comes through okay but the silliness and fun continue. As the hostess struggles to maintain her composure and to adhere to the rules of etiquette things slowly fall apart due to the size and inclinations of her chosen guest. Everything ...more
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