Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: B.B. Mandell
Illustrator: Suzanne Kaufman
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Samanthasaurus Rex is not like other T-Rex's and her family knows it. Her family is trying to teach her how to be loud, strong, and a good leader, but Samanthasaurus wants to learn why things are the way they are. She wants to sort, count, and paint. One day Samanthasaurus and her family go on a hike. As Samanthasaurus is resting, the ground begins to shake and it's starting to get very hot. Her family is hiking up a volcano! Using all the things she has found and learned, Samanthasaurus leads her family to safety and they all realize that Samanthasaurus is a good T-Rex after all.
Mandell is an author that will capture you again and again. Through her language and her descriptions of what's going on around the time of dinosaurs, you will be pleasantly charmed by Samanthasaurus and her curiosity in the world around her. Samanthasaurus will help young readers have the courage to be different and be brave. She shows how great it is to continue learning, even if that's the "uncool" thing to do. Kaufman reels you in with her colorful backgrounds and adorable dinosaurs. It's definitely a kid friendly book that children will want to read again and again.