A delightful romp through the world of words (language,
vocabulary, terminology) as readers follow young Thesaurus Rex through
his busy day exploring his world and the words that can be used to describe
his actions. "Thesaurus Rex starts his day stretching, reaching,
extending, bending. Uh oh, his pants need mending!" There are four
synonyms for each word, and at least one of these will be familiar.
Steinberg has chosen excellent synonyms that will help children extend
their vocabulary-foraging, slither, frolic, gnaw, scour, hurtle. Marvelous
onomatopoeia is used throughout, as when he gets stuck in the mud: "Thesaurus
Rex calls his Mom: howl, yowl, squeal, and shout. Whoosh, plop! She
pulls him out." The humorous illustrations are brightly colored
and will help young children see the meanings of the new words. Harter
is a master at depicting facial expressions-readers will have no trouble
in identifying with the dinosaur tyke. Great, super, terrific, cool.
(Picture book. 2-7)