Going Hollywood : A Dinosaur's Dream

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Rex, one of a group of dinosaurs living at the Museum of natural History, loses his place as the center of attention when a film director invites them all to sunny California.

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From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 2-- Talbott's latest dinosaur story, a sequel to We're Back (Crown, 1987), is really the pits. A film director discovers dinosaurs under Dr. Bleeb's care in their New York museum home and carts them off to California's La Brea tar pits to film a dinosaur movie. T. Rex's ego gets the better of him, and he goes on a rampage upon discovering that the movie is to star Dwig, a much smaller dinosaur. In his fury, Rex accidently trips into a tar pit. While he's unconscious, he meets his egotistical, movie-star alterego, and realizes how obnoxious he's become. When he comes to, he apologizes and resolves to modify his behavior. Talbott's well-executed and entertaining illustrations by far surpass the plot, which stumbles along like a tar-covered dinosaur. No mention is made of the dinosaurs' extraterrestial origins (see We're Back), and Rex' confusing "dream sequence," as well as the misuse of the La Brea tar pits (a mammal, not a dinosaur, graveyard) are exactly what one expects of a B-grade movie, or, in this case, a B-grade book. --Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library
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From Publishers Weekly:

Talbott pulls out all the stops in this zany, fast-paced follow-up to We're Back. When mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, the dinosaur with the biggest muscles and the biggest ego, meets noted film director Franco Zeppoli--currently on location at the La Brea tar pits--he senses a rare opportunity for stardom: "My name in lights, the adoration of millions, a legend in my own time." Rex and his six dinosaur pals head for Hollywood together with Dr. Miriam Bleeb of New York's Museum of Natural History. When the starstruck beast finds that he is not the lead in Zeppoli's epic, he goes on a rampage and falls into the tar pit. In a bizarre near-death experience Rex confronts his ego--an even more gigantic version of himself--and is finally brought to his senses. A newly humbled Rex faces filmdom now, a better dinosaur. Rex's madcap egocentric displays are given technicolor treatment in this lavish stream-of-consciousness romp. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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