cover image T. Rex Time Machine

T. Rex Time Machine

Jared Chapman. Chronicle, $16.99 (44p) ISBN 978-1-4521-6154-9

After stumbling upon a time machine and hurtling into the future, two tyrannosaurs arrive at a Burger Town drive-through window and discover not only that “the food comes to us!” but also “food is everywhere!” Pizza, tacos, submarine sandwiches, microwaveable noodles, and smartphones to order it all—the dinosaurs are in heaven. The populace, however, is not, and before long, the cops show up with a megaphone and demand the dinosaurs put their “tiny, baby hands in the air.” With the police on their tails, the two hurry through a doughnut festival and back to the time machine, only to realize that they don’t know how it works. A smartphone’s mobile assistant comes to the rescue, sending the dinos to another era. With paneled illustrations and speech bubbles, Chapman (Fruits in Suits) fully exploits this wacky, if sometimes internal-logic-defying premise to bring hungry dinosaurs into today’s glorious pizza-filled reality. Ages 3–5. [em]Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Sept.) [/em]