Meet a young dinosaur seeking her independence in this hilarious picture book from the author of WOLF CAMP and SWEETY.
When Regina's mother heads off to hunt, she tells her little dinosaur: stay in the nest and be mama's good little carnivore. But just who is she calling little?! Regina is big! And she has all the tools to hunt herself: a fear-inducing predator stare, a terrifying roar, and an uncanny ability to camouflage. And so Regina sets off on her first real hunt, all alone. ROAR! Along the way, she meets some truly huge dinosaurs, and hilariously, and miserably, fails at catching anything. What if she has to live her life as an.... herbivore?! Little kids everywhere will recognize themselves in Andrea Zuill's intrepid young dino--eager for independence, but still very much needing the safety and comfort of home.
Peeved when her T. rex mother won't let her go on a hunt ("Stay in the nest and be Mama's good little carnivore"), strong-willed Regina heads out on her own. The results are as predictable as they are funny, but plot is really secondary here this latest by Zuill (Sweety) is about a singular personality asserting herself in the big, primeval world. Indelible Regina roars, slinks, sniffs, and pounces (a triceratops and ankylosaurus shrug her off); is haunted by the prospect of failure ("What if she has to live the rest of her life as... an HERBIVORE?!"); and turns on the charm when her mom catches her nearly becoming prey herself ("HI MOM!" Regina says, the dialogue balloon studded with treacly red hearts). Ink drawings sport elegant lines, delicate hatching, and washes of warm digital color reminiscent of vintage scientific illustration, and each vignette is a gem of comic timing and expression: readers will want to incorporate the conciliatory nose bump that mother and daughter dino share ("Boop!") into their own repertoire of affectionate moves. Ages 3 7.