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Tommysaurus Rex

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,144 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
A tale about a boy and his T Rex! Ely is an everyboy trying to cope with the death of his dog Tommy. When he finds a live, 40-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex trapped in a cave behind his grandfather's house, Ely embarks on an adventure to tame this seemingly friendly giant, convince the town his new pet isn't a threat, and keep his dinosaur safe from the jealous town bully. With To ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published August 24th 2004 by Image Comics (first published August 1st 2004)
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Daisy amazing but sad. It can get you mad at a character

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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
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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
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,
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Brenna
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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Debra
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Janie
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Hilary
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Carterl
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.
Muhammad Naqvi
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
zaCk S
Feb 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Wendy
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
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☺Trish
Tommysaurus Rex is a heart-warming and touching tale about a boy and his dinosaur. Yup, that's correct, his dinosaur!
Full of humor, tension, and tragedy. Tears will be shed. Hearts are broken, hearts are healed, important lessons are learned, and the ending is both heartbreaking and bittersweet yet ultimately an optimistic one.
Highly recommended for middle-grade readers, especially those who love dogs and dinosaurs.
Manintheboat
Aug 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
The story is difficult to read, like it is missing pages. "Wait, what just happened? How?" It lacks the neat characters, art, and humor of his other stories.

And it's completely unbelievable. Sure, I jumped into Ghostopolis, and even the one about monsters from space, and monsters in a zoo, but not even I can get behind that the T-Rex didn't just eat the kid.
Meg
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Kate
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicnovels
Funny, touching, and sweet. I loved the grandpa.
Adelaide Metzger
READ THIS!! It's a tearjerker and a heart-warming story about forgiveness. Don't skip it in the bookstore.
Kara Lycke
For a middle-grade audience, but serious issues of loss and love. Mean people suck but are human, too.
Chris
After the death of his beloved dog and best friend, Tommy, Ely's parents send him to live on Grandpa Joe’s farm for the summer. There, he stumbles upon a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a nearby cave and the two become fast friends. Ely even names him Tommy after his deceased pet. As the news of the dinosaur grows around town, so does the friendship between Ely and Tommysaurus. When the dino damages a home, the townspeople call for Tommysaurus Rex to be removed. Ely and his grandpa make a deal with the may ...more
Steve
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I LOVE graphic novels, especially when they have a different take on a common trope. But this "boy and his 'dog'" story was not a favorite. I read it as part of a children's literature class, and this is clearly meant for middle grade readers; but while the general thrust of the story offers some good lessons (particularly about bullying), I had some problems with a few elements. From a storytelling point of view, there are a few moments that don't work for me narratively; there are some jumps t ...more
Charlie
An odd little tale about a boy's grief over losing his best friend, his dog Tommy, only to find a real-live T-Rex - that's the reincarnation of his dog? A nice tale most of the time, but also a tad confusing at others. Not my favourite of TenNapel's graphic novels.
Mike Will
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Great kids book!
Michael Taschuk
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great

This book was so emotional yet fun. I loved it a lot. I also almost cried even though I've read it before
Kristy
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Larry C
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
TenNapel is such a gifted storyteller. This book is sweet, sad, and is just plain fun.
Connor Mckenna
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a good graphic novel
Karissa
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
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Becky B
Ely is heartbroken after his dog runs into the street and is hit by a car. As consolation, Ely's parents let him go work with Grandpa on the farm for the summer. The work there is a hundred times more difficult that Ely ever thought it would be, and a local bully starts making his life a bit miserable. But things start to look up when Ely finds a new pet. Yes, the new pet happens to be a rather large carnivore, and yes, the new pet might be a bit of a challenge to train, but Ely is convinced he ...more
Brandon
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Rebecca
Ely's only friend is his rambunctious dog Tommy. When Tommy is killed by a car, Ely is desolate until his father lets him spend the summer on his grandfather's farm. Things there are not great either, though--the work is hard, and a local bully makes Ely's life miserable. Hiding in a cave from the bully, Ely makes a startling discovery--a live, full-size T-Rex, who also seems in search of a friend. Naming the T-Rex Tommy, Ely needs to persuade his grandfather and the town that the dinosaur is sa ...more
Betsy
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
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