A book by Roald Dahl
We’re all familiar with the nursery rhyme song of “Here comes Peter Cottontail.” Well in this story the cute fuzzy little rabbit is laid up with a cold and isn’t able to bring “baskets full of Easter joy.” So he enlists the aid of his friend, T-Rex who of course is a big dinosaur and not at all cute and fuzzy. But T-Rex does his best to play the part by gluing on whiskers, adding bunny ears, a big cottontail and fluffy bunny slippers. Being a big, gawky dinosaur doesn’t make it easy to hop sweetly so he manages to crack and break all his eggs.
Now his friends will have to come to his aid as he did for the bunny. Quickly they scurry about finding replacement eggs wherever they can be found. Now they have to color them as well. They didn’t know you could find colored Easter eggs at the supermarket. But then what fun is it if you don’t get to color the eggs yourself and get dye all over the place. With everyone working together, the eggs get the appropriate coloring and are delivered to all the little children with a surprising end which I won’t reveal.
I read a lot of children’s books and I understand that topics have to be dealt with simply, but this tale seemed to need at least another twist or two to give it more of an impact. If it wasn’t for the imaginative illustrations by Jack E. Davis, the book would fall flat. This is a book you may want to add more to the story as you are reading aloud and pointing out the actions in the pictures to get it to flow better. For the illustrations I would give it a five, but for the story only a three.
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