December 1, 2014
Tea Rex by Molly Idle
by Molly Idle
Thinking about hosting a tea party? Then you might consider consulting this delightful how-to.
Truly, author Molly Idle has written a how-to on how to host a tea party from greeting your guest at the door to making sure to take turns in the chit chat. She even reminds the hostess how well music works to put guests at ease.
Of course, it is all wonderfully tongue-in-cheek because while Idle’s text is a straight-up how to, her illustrations show the reality. Her young hostess had invited none other than Tea Rex to the party and thus it begins. After all, simply getting this particular guest through the door represents a challenge.
If your young reader loves the humor of Jane Yolen and Mark Teague’s How Do Dinosaurs books, then be sure to check this one out. It has the same slapstick comedy that comes about when you try to put an oh-so-enormous dinosaur in a human sized setting. Of course, this is a human sized setting that just happens to include fine china, refined conversation and tea.
As is always the case with a picture book, a lot rides on the ending and Idle ties it all together when the t-rex invites his hostess and her brother to his place for a tea with his own brand of guests. Not surprisingly, it promises to be a rollicking good time.
Idle’s colored-pencil illustrations are coloreful and detailed enough to allow the characters to be wonderfully expressive but still delightfully cartoony. Because of this, the t-rex is more funny than frightening, creating a story preschoolers are sure to enjoy. This is definitely not a bed time book but would make fun reading for a group or classroom activity if you have the nerve to try serving tea.
That said, you have been warned. If you read this book, don’t expect your household tea parties to ever be quite the same.