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Don't Forget Dexter!

(Dexter T. Rexter)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,136 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Introducing Dexter T. Rexter, the toughest, coolest dinosaur ever. At least he likes to think so.

When his best friend, Jack, leaves him behind at the doctor’s office, Dexter T. Rexter panics. First he tries to find Jack. Then he sings their special song. Then he sings their special song even louder. But when Jack still doesn’t appear, Dexter starts to wonder. What if he’s
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2018 by Two Lions
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Andrea Fleury
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He thought Jack was gone.

Poor Dexter thought Jack had left him but after his song. He returned. Seems Jack had left Dexter in the waiting room at the Drs office
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dexter should see a therapist

This dinosaur has some serious anxiety and abandonment issues.

The book was entertaining, my son liked to look at the pictures, and it was short enough to get through in a couple of minutes, before he stopped paying attention.
Lynn Worton
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a super little story for children aged 3-7 years old. I really enjoyed it!

Dexter is a toy dinosaur belonging to a young boy called Jack. He finds himself being left alone at a doctors office. Will he find Jack, who has been gone forever? Has Jack found another friend to play with?

This story is an interactive one that will entertain children, even those with a short attention span. However, I have reservations about a child's ability to read this book without help, especially the younger
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an adorable and sweet book. It's a story about a toy T-rex that has been left at the doctor's office by his best friend Jack. He's afraid he's been abandoned and he spends the whole book figuring out a plan to get back to him. It reminds me a bit of Toy Story and the illustrations are super cute. Every time the T-rex sells himself as this big, scary creature, you see the actual scale of him and can't help but smile.
Baby Bookworm
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Don’t Forget Dexter! by Lindsay Ward, the adorable tale of a little lost dinosaur looking for his best friend.

Excuse me, but have you seen a little boy named Jack? You see, he came here to the doctor’s office to get a check up with his best friend, Dexter T. Rexter, but now Dexter is here alone and can’t find his best bud. Dexter has done everything he can thin
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 1.6

How would you feel if you were a loyal toy and you were left in the waiting room of the doctor's office? This is exactly what happens to Dexter T. Rexter. He was coloring with his best friend, Jack, when he looked up and Jack was gone. Dexter begins asking the reader, the fish, and he even tries to ask the receptionist where Jack is. He even begins singing their favorite song (very loudly) to get Jack to come back. What is Dexter going to do if Jack never c
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dexter T. Rexter is afraid he's been forgotten by his boy, Jack. One minute they were playing together and the next, Jack is gone. Dexter tries anything he can think of to find Jack. He sings his song, he tries to escape, he asks the fish and receptionist for help, but he can't find his boy anywhere. He's afraid that his boy has found a toy with better features to play with (like a car). Finally, despair takes over and Dexter fears he's alone forever. This bright colorful book with it's large re ...more
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I love the voice of Dexter in this book! And the breaking of the fourth wall really adds such humor to the story line. And although the story sounds a bit like Toy Story and other toy books, it is so different than what you’d expect because Dexter is all alone, doesn’t know why he’s still at the doctor’s office, and is having a bit of an identity crisis. However, the way that Dexter feels will be easily a feeling that reade
Brenda Kahn
Any parent of a child who has lost a comfort object of toy will want to share this adorable picture book with his/ her child. Told from the POV of the lost object, the story will tickle everyone with it's humorous illustrations and over-the-top narration.
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
We all know what happens when our children lose a beloved toy. But what about the toy? How does a beloved toy handle being lost? In Don't Forget Dexter!, Brobarians author Lindsay Ward explores this, and the result is both humorous and touching.

Dexter T. Rexter thinks he is the toughest, strongest, coolest dinosaur there has ever been, or at least that's what he tells himself after he is left behind by his best friend Jack at the doctor's office. Scared that he will never see Jack again, Dexter
Brandon Mahaffey`
1 year old approved

Had the kiddo laughing from the beginning.maybe his favorite New book. It's a good short story. We both love the artwork as well.
Madeline K. Worrell
Part of my Amazon Prime free book preview.

The pictures were cute-ish, and the dinosaur was heart warming. I really felt bad for him.

Dexter was a bit long for me and was starting to wear on me.
Amber Green
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My son loved it

My son and I had some mom/son time this morning and decided to give Dexter Dino a shot. Needless to say we loved it. Dexter Dino has such a cute art style and was a very easy, straight forward read. Perfect for my 6 year old.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, childrens
This is one of those books that expects reader interaction. The concept is cute, and potentially enjoyable for young readers; however, the story fell short.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a cute children's book! Dinosaurs are so much better than cars. RAWR!
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is one of those interactive books, where the text implies that the child is talking to the book. I personally do not like those kinds, but for fans of Toy Story, it is that kind of story.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute book! I was able to be very expressive while reading aloud because the words flowed. This is the first ebook I have ever read to my son. We usually read hardbacks so it took me a second to realize we had to hold the Kindle sideways. haha! Lovely experience.
Don't Forget Dexter! ~ Dexter T. Rexter Series ~ Book 1 is an excellent children's book to use to talk about the importance of friend's feelings with young children. The illustrations are delightful... The problem with the eBook version is that you have to have one of the latest Kindles to read it because it will not download into older Kindles or the Kindle reading application on the computer. I am lucky to have a newer Kindle, although I usually read with my older and larger sized Kindle. It r ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My kids loved this book

Great for my 2 year old, my 5 year old loves it too! Looking forward to more books about Dexter
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very nervous dinosaur loses his best friend during a trip to the dentist. He tries everything he knows to get his friend to come back and find him. Good book to talk about separation anxiety with preschool children.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really, really enjoy reading Dexter with my grandsons!

My grandsons really enjoying singing along with the Dexter songs and the wonderful sounds of this book. It is one of our favorites
Stephanie Bange
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dexter is the new dino on the block. He has anxiety issues -- this one stems from being left behind in the doctor's waiting room. He experiences a wide range of emotions as he works through this anxiety. It disappears as soon as Jack walks into the waiting room and sees him.

Creative use of font changes will help readers to read this one-sided conversation with expressiveness. Ward's illustrations were created using printmaking ink, colored pencil, and cut paper. They are bright and cheerful -- a
Kate Olson
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cute picture book for the preschool crowd! With a stuffed dinosaur as the narrator, we experience the anguish of a favorite toy when he is left behind. I look forward to sharing this with my 4K classes - I think they will love the little song/chant and all of the different dramatic declarations Dexter makes as he worries about his boy never coming back. The illustrations are all in variations of blue and orange and there is great use of different fonts and word size/emphasis for a storytime se ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cute but..

Very cute but without purpose. Dexter lovable but under developed. The story has no substance, not obvious Dexter is in Dr waiting room until he uses bandages... Also why is he using them, to escape? From what? I think kids would be confused & bored
J SunSong-Sharp
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super Read for Dino Tot Fans!

My son loved reading this book before bed. He loves T Rex & got a kick out of Dexter T. Rexter's name. & he was quiet the entire time while reading & looking at the pictures.
Cassandra Gelvin
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute story about a misplaced toy.

This review was originally published at

The story: a toy dinosaur named Dexter has been forgotten in a doctor's waiting room by his "best friend, Jack." He feels like it's been forever since he's seen Jack, and asks the reader if they've seen him. Then he asks the goldfish and the receptionist, and begins singing loudly in hopes Jack will hear him. He starts getting scared that he was left intentionally, and that maybe Jac
Lauren Kramer
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dexter T. Rexter is the coolest dinosaur around. He lives with his best friend, Jack. One day, the pair go to the doctor for a check-up.

Dexter was so into his coloring that he did not see Jack leave. He tries everything he can to get Jack to come back. Panic sets in as Dexter worries that he may be left at the doctor's office forever!

What if Jack left Dexter behind on purpose? What if he is being replaced by other toys? Will Dexter spend the rest of his days alone?

I absolutely adore this book!
Cindy Hudson
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dexter is a T-Rex who’s a lovable softie, the playmate of a child who accidentally forgets him in the pediatrician’s waiting room. When Dexter realizes he’s alone he sets out to find his friend Jack, drawing a picture of him, trying to get the attention of the receptionist, and singing their special song in the hope that Jack will hear it and come back. Dexter’s efforts grow increasingly frantic as he fears that Jack has left him on purpose, in favor of a better toy, and he becomes determined to ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Synopsis: "Introducing Dexter T. Rexter, the toughest, coolest dinosaur ever. At least he likes to think so.

When his best friend, Jack, leaves him behind at the doctor’s office, Dexter T. Rexter panics. First he tries to find Jack. Then he sings their special song. Then he sings their special song even louder. But when Jack still doesn’t appear, Dexter starts to wonder. What if he’s being replaced by another toy? It can’t be—after all, he can STOMP, RAWR, and CHOMP! Right? Right?!

This hilariousl
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Lindsay Ward has a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University. Her most recent books include It’s Show and Tell, Dexter! and Don’t Forget Dexter!, books 1 and 2 in the Dexter T. Rexter Series with Two Lions. She is also the author and illustrator of Brobarians (Two Lions, 2017), The Importance of Being 3 (Dial 2016), Rosco vs. the Baby (S&S, 2016), Henry Finds His Word (Dial, 2015), a Choose ...more

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