Rex Wrecks It! by Ben Clanton
Rex is a bull in a china shop. Well, he’s actually just a high energy, active little dinosaur but he breaks things just as much. His friends Gizmo, Sprinkles, and Wild are getting pretty tired of building things only to have Rex knock them all down. He’s not mean; he just seems programmed to knock things down. The three friends try to build a Rex-proof structure but somehow he manages to knock each and every one down.
Rex finally understands that he is wrecking all the fun for his friends when Gizmo suggests they build something WITH Rex. The arch they build is fantastic – even Rex likes it. They built together and it will fall together. All four knock it all down together and have a blast doing it. I particularly like the last word Rex says: “Again?!”
This makes a great read aloud if you read it with some feeling. It is reminiscent in that regard to Dinosaur vs. Bedtime where the dinosaur repeats again and again: rawr, rawr, rawr! One of the characters, Wild, looks almost too much like Leonardo the Terrible Monster. Despite there being some derivative things in the book, it is a book that pre-K through 2nd will love.