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The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter (The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter, #1)

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Rex Dexter is itching to have a dog. He was practically born to have one. His name is Rex, for crying out loud. It's a dog's name. Any pooch is preferable, but a chocolate Labrador is the pinnacle. The best of the best. The dream of all dreams.

When Rex's B-Day for Me-Day finally arrives, his parents surprise him with a box. A box with holes. A box with holes and adorable s
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by Disney-Hyperion
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Nicole M. Hewitt
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Fans of Reynolds’s hilarious picture books will be delighted to find that his sense of humor has transferred perfectly to this longer form. This book made me laugh out loud over and over again. I did not want to put it down! The thing Rex wants most in the world is a chocolate labrador. He’s obsessed. And he’s sure he’s left enough hints for his parents to ensure that he’ll get one for his birthday. Except things don’t
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to Net galley for an ARC. This is such a fun story and had me laughing out loud on several occasions. Perfect for young readers. Rex and Darvish are good friends and share a lot of adventures. Rex receives The Grim Reaper curse. Throughout the book, various dead animals flock to him.

The book is well written and has a good storyline. The characters are realistic and fun to be with.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a blast! Aaron Reynolds takes on chapter books... and ROCKS IT. Kids will laugh hysterically... so if you loved Creepy Carrots & Creepy Pair of Underwear, get ready for more weird and more FUN!
Paige Green
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher and netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own!

Book: The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter

Author: Aaron Reynolds

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 2/5

Publication Date: April 28, 2020

Genre: MG Fantasy

Recommended Age: 12+ (animal deaths, rude comments/attitude to others)

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 224

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Synopsis: Rex Dexter is itching to have a dog. He was practically born to have one. His name is Rex, for crying out loud. It's a dog's
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

This is a funny, laugh-out-loud type of book perfect for readers in grades 4-7. Rex Dexter wants nothing more than a dog. A chocolate Labrador to be exact. His parents aren't so sure he is ready for this type of pet (his first pet, a fish, was flushed inadvertently-while still alive-less than a half hour after being brought home), so they give him a chicken for his birthday. W
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rex wants a dog more than anything. He keeps hinting about how he would like a chocolate lab, but because of a goldfish mishap his parents don't think he is responsible enough. So when his birthday comes around instead of a dog he gets a chicken, yes I said

They are calling the chicken his practice pet, but who on earth has a pet chicken? When he realizes he doesn't know how to take care of one him and his friend go to the pet store with the chicken on a leash. Rex gets distracted
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a snickering joy! Rex is an egocentric, opinionated, disrespectful, loud mouth who really deserves everything that comes to him, even if it's the ghost of a charred rhino. When Rex is cursed by the Grim Reaper and starts being visited by the souls of recently departed mammals (except for the shark that really doesn't count), he has to broaden his perspective and learn to take an interest in someone, or something besides himself, a change which will bring a small amount of relief to his exas ...more
Anna Beth
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
L.O.L. I chuckled quite a bit in this one. Would be a fun one to read along with your kids or to watch them laugh while they read. It has this weird little dark undertone of animal death (that semi-come back to life) but you see some semblance of justice in the end. Regardless, hilarious comedic timing for the win.
May 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of Couchfest from Little Brown for Young Readers. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. 

It's been a while since I went on a rant - I'm trying out a new positive, lightful Mandy that brings the cheer - but I had to unleash myself for this one. Again, these are just what I thought and how I reacted when rea
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rex Dexter is like any kid. He wants a pet of his own. Problem is his parents don’t believe he is responsible enough for a pet. (He kept his goldfish alive for mere minutes after it got home.). When his parents present Rex with a pet chicken for his birthday, it meets an unfortunate end a little over an hour later. Tragic right? Rex thinks not, he kept it alive so much longer than the goldfish.
When Rex is cursed with the ability to see dead animals, his pet chicken is the first. Then more dead a
Denise Walter
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read lots of easy novels seeing I work in an elementary school library. This book was hilarious, like laugh out loud funny. Rex has a dry sense of humor that I think kids and adults will enjoy. I really liked the extensive vocabulary. I can't wait for the next one to come out! ...more
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-readers
Fun fun fun! Exactly what I expected from Aaron Reynolds
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spring-2020
Thanks Morgan, you were right it was so funny!
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Calvin and Hobbes meets Scooby Doo, and I think I liked it. More importantly, I think there is a contingent of upper elementary boys and girls who may appreciate it, as well.

Rex Dexter is a boy in desperate want of a dog, but I don't believe there is a dog alive who is in need of him. Sadly, while Rex's narration is reminiscent of Calvin (of the Calvin and Hobbes duo) in its lamentation of the lack of intelligence in people around him, this kid is definitely not on the same level as our favorite
The Book Squirrel
As I was reading, I was rating and reviewing in my head, and it went wildly up and down. Some parts I'd give a solid 4 and think it would make a brilliant grade 3 class read-aloud, and in other parts I'd give a 1 and not want anyone to read it.
These parts include the arrogance and narcissism of the main character, the total lack of respect for authority (parents and teachers), the mocking belittlement of that authority (the scene where he flushed the pillow down the toilet and blames the dad mad
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a mother, a teacher, and even a friend you think about the worst possibilities of people. As a mother you are terrified of that kid in your child's class that you are silently begging them not to be friends with. As a teacher you dread the student that never heard the concept of raising their hand, let alone learned it. That one student that loves power struggles in front of the rest of the class in hopes that you will be wrong. As a kid you think of the perfect BFF and quickly chase away tho ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very funny book to me I liked it a lot. I'm not going to spoil anything I'll just let you figure it out by yourself. ...more
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very silly. I laughed a lot. I would read another book with these characters.

If I could talk to a dead pet it would be a cat.
I received an electronic ARC from Disney Book Group through NetGalley.
Rex is obsessed with getting a dog, and not just any dog, a chocolate lab is his main wish. Unfortunately, his track record with pets (one fish - less than an hour) is not working in his favor. For some reason, his parents think getting him a rooster for his birthday will demonstrate how mature he has become. This starts the chain reaction of events that leads to Rex interacting with dead animals, and plenty of them.
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Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Disney Book Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I could not stop hysterically laughing throughout this book. Aaron Reynolds has brilliantly written a ingenious novel that children of all ages will love. Rex always wanted a dog and for his birthday his parents handed him a box with holes but it's actually a chicken and thanks to this chicken, Max is now visited by some dead wild animals
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rex Dexter just wants a dog. That's not a whole lot to ask for, right? Rex is sure that his living, breathing birthday present must be a dog, but alas, it is a chicken. Rex is not deterred. Upon encountering an old machine promising to grant wishes for a quarter, Rex is cursed and promptly turns around to find that his brand new pet chicken is already deceased. Rex's curse gives him the ability to see dead animals which Rex decides to use to his advantage.

I absolutely adored this book. Rex is im
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This title was highlighted in recent training, and it was described as laugh-out-loud funny. I couldn’t resist requesting an advanced copy through NetGalley. I had high hopes The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter would be a title I could share with middle school readers. It did not disappoint. From the first page I really liked Rex. He has a distinct voice, and he is funny. While a little over the top when it comes to his confidence (think Gregg Heffley), which could be annoying at times, he’s ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a funny, engaging children's book about a pet-loving, but irresponsible (his fish didn't live past the first day) Rex Dexter. His parents give him a "pet" chicken to look after and prove that he has what it takes to take care of a real pet. Of course, the chicken doesn't last long, and through a bit of a convoluted and somewhat predictable series of events, involving a old-fashioned carnival arcade machine (à la Big), he is cursed to be haunted by dead animals--starting with his chicken. ...more
Rex Dexter wants a dog, needs a dog, no, deserves a dog! And, not just any dog, but a chocolate Labrador. It's really too bad that his parents don't see that he's mature enough to have one and get him a chicken for his birthday instead. (At least that's how Rex sees it).

Rex and his best friend Darvish take the chicken on a walk to the pet store to buy supplies when they get distracted by an old fashioned carnival game. While Rex is playing the game and getting cursed by the Grim Reaper, his new
This was a very entertaining book about a kid who might be every teacher's nightmare. Except I tutored a kid like that I really liked him and I think I would have liked Rex in my class as well. LOL. He's not a bad kid, per se, but he has very high self-esteem and might be a bit delusional about his gifts and talents. And yet he's weirdly likable. And he's got a cool best friend, as well as a second bestie in the ghost of his flattened chicken. In this story, he is cursed by one of those carnival ...more
Dai Guerra
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Hachette book group and the novl for the advanced copy of this book.

I was excited to read this because it looks like a book my cousin would like. Before sending it his way I made sure to read it so that I could properly recommend it and I'm glad I did.

The characters in this book had me laughing on every page. I like how this book is a mystery that the characters are all trying to solve and there's a reason for them being in Rex's life. Each of the animals has a distinct personality
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
“I wonder if there are others with this ability. And if so, do they also use the shower as a retreat from the undead? And if so, what kind of madness is this wreaking on their water bill?” **

Rex Dexter wants a chocolate lab in the worst way, but his parents don’t think he is responsible enough to take care of a dog. After all, he had his goldfish, Bub, for 27 minutes before it was killed in an unfortunate misunderstanding. But they are willing to give another try, so what do they get him this ti
Leann Thompson
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC copy of this book!

Rex Dexter wants a dog so badly that he's already picked out the perfect breed and color of dog that would be best for him, but he hasn't really been able to demonstrate responsibility very well yet. After a chance encounter with an old game, Rex has suddenly developed the ability to see and communicate with the ghosts of animals who have passed. Now Rex's life has become more complicated than homework because these animals h
Hope Hunter
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Rex Dexter has always wanted a chocolate Lab. His parents deemed him too irresponsible for one after he accidentally flushed his goldfish down the toilet and let his pet chicken get smooshed by a steamroller. That is how he ended up with a group of endangered animal ghosts from the local zoo following him around and seeking his help to move on. As Rex and his best buddy, Darvish, try to deal with the group of ghostly animals, they realize the untimely demises of each these animals is anything bu ...more
Pam Carlson
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rex Dexter really, really, really wants a dog but his parents don't think he's responsible enough. For his 11th birthday, they give a him a "practice pet" - a rooster. Unfortunately, the rooster gets flattened by a steam roller right in front of the pet store while Rex is distracted by a Grim Reaper carnival game fortune teller who ends up giving him a curse. Things take an even stranger turn after this when Drumstick the dead rooster starts hanging out with Rex, followed by several zoo animals. ...more
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