July 2008 Indie Next List
“Contrary to popular belief, it is not easy to write very well in rhyme. Here, now, is a triumph, a joy. Just try to keep from reading Tadpole Rex aloud -- it's impossible. The language is creative and expressive, the rhymes unexpected, the illustrations exceptional. And best of all, it's just a silly story about a frog who thinks he's a T. rex.”
— Anna Minard, University Book Store, Seattle, WA
Rex is a tiny tadpole who can't wait to grow up and be big like everybody else. Unfortunately for Rex, he livesin a prehistoric swamp . . . and everybody else is a gigantic dinosaur. With a little time--and a lot of patience--Rex does grow, gaining arms and legs and, most importantly, a personality big enough to take on even the mightiest of his neighbors. Includes a note from the author about metamorphosis, prehistoric frogs, and the environmental challenges frogs face today.
"The rhyming text is image-rich, informational, and fun to read aloud. . . . Cyrus''s oversize artwork conveys information spectacularly, beginning with a dramatic wrap-around cover and continuing with interesting perspectives of dinosaurs and the prehistoric environment. Created in scratchboard and then colored digitally, the illustrations are luminous and striking. . . . This is an exciting blend of science and literature that children will appreciate."
--School Library Journal, starred review, June 2008
"The swampy greens and hard edges of the digitally colored scratchboard artwork suit the prehistoric period and rough scales of the dinosaurs perfectly, while the varying scale of the illustrations will keep readers on their toes—Cyrus is a master of the extreme close-up. Readers will thrill to the action and suspense while teachers will appreciate the subtle lesson on the life cycle of frogs."-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review, May 1, 2008