When Ely's beloved dog, Tommy, is hit by a car, he goes to his grandpa's house for the summer to get his mind off things. While exploring a nearby cave one day he discovers a full-grown but friendly Tyrannosaurus Rex. As the news of the dinosaur grows around town, so does the friendship between Ely and his Jurassic pet. But Randy, the mean kid down the street, decides he's going to make life miserable for Ely and his dinosaur-to devastating effect.
About the Author
Doug TenNapel was raised in the town of Denair, California. In 1994, he created the popular Earthworm Jim. Doug's graphic novel Ghostopolis was a 2011 ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and his follow-up, Bad Island, is a 2012 ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens as well as one of School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2011. Doug lives in Franklin, Tennessee.
TOMMYSAURUS REX was nominated for two Eisner awards in 2005:
Best Graphic Album-New
Best Publication for a Younger Audience
Praise for GHOSTOPOLIS
* "TenNapel's colorful illustrations are filled with energy and life."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review
"TenNapel is a terrific cartoonist and in fine form here."--BOOKLIST
PRAISE FOR BAD ISLAND
*"A clever, old-fashioned adventure with some modern twists and a light-hearted tone, this, like TenNapel’s previous work, is not to be missed."--BOOKLIST, starred review
*"TenNapel has crafted another rip-roaring adventure with wide audience appeal."
--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review
Praise for CARDBOARD
* "An exceptionally seamless blend of action and philosophy, two elements that usually do not mix easily; TenNapel handles this masterfully. Utterly brilliant."--KIRKUS, starred review
"A boldly imaginative and ambitious tale."--THE HORN BOOK
"[TenNapel] provides moments of great sweetness and heaps and heaps of bizarre fun, a quality that has become his veritable trademark."--BOOKLIST