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Everyone love Rex. Rex is a chameleon and the class pet, and each day, one lucky child takes Rex home, along with a book in which to write or draw all the things Rex does. And you'd be surprised what a chameleon can do - as you might expect, the pictures of Rex's adventures are wildly exaggerated and incredibly funny! This is a fabulous story about a familiar classroom practice which highlights the limitless imagination of young children.
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Ursula Dubosarsky is widely regarded as one of the most talented and original writers in Australia today. She is the author of many outstanding books, both for young adults and for children and has won many awards. She lives in Sydney and is married with two children. David Mackintosh is also an Australian, now living in London. He has illustrated many picture books and young fiction, but this is the first to be published in the UK. He is also an experienced and highly creative designer who has worked with some of the top names in children's picture books.From Booklist:
This chronicle of a week in the life of class-pet Rex, a chameleon, unfolds in words and art from the kids in the class, who each have an opportunity to take Rex home. In a special book, class members record "all the things Rex did on his visit." Rex's various adventures, drawn to look like the children's own art, are shown on a special page that appears to be from a tablet or diary, distinguishing the kids' work from the illustrator's other pictures, which are done in cartoon style. In many of the drawings, Rex looks more like a dinosaur than a chameleon, but that reinforces the idea that the pictures are from a young child's perspective. With only one or two short sentences per page, the text clearly reflects a child's point of view; it is also very accessible to beginning readers. To encourage children to use their own imaginations, the story ends with the question, "What would you do if Rex came to visit you?" Randall Enos
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