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Tommysaurus Rex

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,364 ratings  ·  198 reviews
In the tradition of OLD YELLER comes the heartwarming friendship between a boy and his Tyrannosaurus Rex
When Ely's beloved dog, Tommy, is hit by a car, he goes to his grandpa's house for the summer to get his mind off things. While exploring a nearby cave one day he discovers a full-grown but friendly Tyrannosaurus Rex. As the news of the dinosaur grows around town, so do
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Turtleback Books (first published August 1st 2004)
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Once you suspend disbelief over the existence of a T-Rex today this becomes a heartwarming story.
Melissa Chung
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG why can't I read a Doug TenNapel graphic novel without getting choked up and teary eyed. 5 stars for always giving me the feels.

Ely is a boy with no friends. He has his trusty female dog named Tommy as his one and only companion. One day while taking his dog for a walk, Tommy gets hit by a car and dies. (mega sad)

To encourage his son to move on, Ely's dad sends him to his grandpa's farm for the summer. Ely is surprised with a toy T-Rex from his grandpa and after his first long day of work he
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
This is a cute, quick read.

In fact, it will probably take me longer to write this review then it did to read this story.

This is not because it wasn’t good, just that you wanted to find out what was going to happen next.

Ely loses his dog, his crazy, untrainable dog, in the first few pages, and so his father sends him to his grandpa’s farm, to get over it. And that where he meets Tommy/Rex the dinosaur.

And then we see how to train your T-Rex, which is quite cute, and unexpected.

I kept thinking it
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jennifer G
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another cute graphic novel for kids
Tracy The Great
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is sad, cute, and funny
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
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
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
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
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphicnovels
Funny, touching, and sweet. I loved the grandpa.
Michael Taschuk
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was so emotional yet fun. I loved it a lot. I also almost cried even though I've read it before
Adelaide Metzger
READ THIS!! It's a tearjerker and a heart-warming story about forgiveness. Don't skip it in the bookstore.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really good, and it had a lot of emotions in it.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michaelreadthis
I think this one might have been too sad for my six year old. He needed lots of hugs after he read it.

He still wants to re-read it.
Sean McQuay
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-novels
This book simply needed more picky editing. The core story line was great. However, there were too many side details that were distracting (e.g., grandpa's ability to predict bad omens, everything about the mayor). These poor pacing decisions undercut the story about the boy's relationship with the dinosaur and the bully's storyline, which I didn't realize was important until the last couple pages.
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
Wil Sherrin
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tommysaurus Rex is a Touching and
Wonderful Read
By: Wil Sherrin
Books change people’s perspective of life.Most books are meant to be
enjoyed for people of all ages. The book Tommysaurus Rex by Doug
TenNapel is as touching as enjoyable for teens and young children. Many
of the characters are like common day kids like Ely who have trouble
making friends, but have a good connection with their dog like Ely and
Tommy. Sadly Tommy gets hit by a car and Ely gets really sad. This allows
Ely to hang out at his G
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jackson Wu
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The funny story “Tommysaurus Rex” by Doug TenNapel is talking about a dog become to a T-Rex.
In the beginning, The dog of Ely crash by a car. And Ely want to forget it, so he go to work for farm. But he founds a T-Rex in a cave, it is the dog which is kill by car.
In the middle, T-Rex help the people in the farm and get the grateful of people.
At the end T-Rex kill by fire, this fire is a boy maker it, because the boy don’t like the T-Rex.
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
Thurston Hunger
Nov 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: edgier parent fans of the Iron Giant movie
I really enjoy reading to my young twin boys, 6 year-olds. It is a joy and a much more interactive medium than TV (which I am often an apologist for anyways). So I hope to post more reviews on books we've read and enjoyed.

This one has bullies and death in it, and does so in a charmingly sweet manner. There is a poignant sacrifice made that brought a tear to all three of our eyes. One of the bully scenes gets disturbingly scatalogical, so that may turn off some folks; in general I think kids can
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guy-reads
Ely has a loving mother and father, but he seems to have a teensy bit of trouble relating to kids his own age. But that's okay. He has a built-in best friend in his much loved dog, Tommy. So his world comes crashing down when Tommy is hit by a car and killed. To cheer him up, his parents send him to his grandpa's farm for the summer, thinking he will enjoy working with his favorite grandpa and begin to heal. Grandpa and the farm are great...the local bully, not so much. But when Ely finds a new ...more
Muhammad Naqvi
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1st-term
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
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
What always gets me with these books is how quickly things happen or change as if pages are missing. But man! What a great tale of a boy and his dog. Dog dies. Sad kid goes to gramp's house and out in the wilderness finds a T-rex that acts very much like a dog. Tommysaurus Rex is created! Meanwhile a bully is giving Ely some grief about the dead dog and how much better the Bully's dog is. Behind the scenes, this bully's dad is out of the picture and keeps hoping to have his dad come back. Always ...more
I grabbed this at the library for my son based 100% on the cover and the fact that it's a graphic novel. He read it, my daughter read it, then I read it. I was shocked when his dog gets killed on like the second page, and the bullying is also pretty intense, so it's definitely MG rather than children's.

Grandpa is hilarious, as are most of the townsfolk. I love how everyone just blithely accepts that there's this dinosaur around who just might be a reincarnated golden retriever, because of cours
zaCk S
Feb 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
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Doug TenNapel is the Eisner Award winning writer/artist of over sixteen graphic novels. He is published by Image Comics and Scholastic/Graphics.

He's been married for 27 years to the love of his life and has four book-loving kids.

Doug's favorite authors include G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. He reads mostly philosophy but tends to get his fiction from audio-books.

His performs live