T-Veg: The Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur

tvegThis is the tale of Reg.

Reg, who loves to roar and gnash and stomp about.

He is, after all, a T-Rex.

Now ask any dino-mad four year old about a T-Rex’s favourite food and they’ll know: T-Rexes love their meat.

So what happens to poor Reg when it turns out he loves…. veg? Will his dino friends still accept him as one of their own? Will Reg be brave enough to be true to himself?

T-Veg: The Tale of a Carrot Crunching Dinosaur written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by Katherina Manolessou is a vitality packed, vibrantly illustrated tale about breaking the mould and learning to embrace difference. From the zest and zing of Manolessou’s bold and almost day-glow dinosaurs, to the bounce and energy-packed rhymes of Prasadam-Halls, this is the picture book equivalent of a super healthy, organic, freshly-pressed and delicious smoothie. As if packed with key vitamins and minerals it will lift your mood and put a spring in your step!

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The book’s recipe mixes:

  • 1 part Humour (kids – especially those whose veg is only ever smuggled surreptitiously into their diet – will delight in the crazy notion of a veg-loving T-rex)
  • 1 part Emotional Meat (exploring daring to be different and being a good enough friend to recognise when you are wrong)
  • 2 parts Visual Richness (intense patterns add depth to the eye-catching illustrations).

  • All are combined to serve up an extremely tasty treat whatever your preferred diet!

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    Taking our lead from Manolessou’s exciting illustrations I prepared some dino stencils: You can print off and then cut out a Triceratops stencil, T-rex stencil, a corythosaurus stencil and one more dinosaur stencil if you want to try this at home.

    Using masking tape, a few sponges and some day-glow paint the girls stencilled a variety of dinos.

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    Once the paint was dry, they printed dino skin patterns, using small blocks of wood covered in bubble wrap.

    Next up the girls painting a lush dino-landscape…

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    …before finally inhabiting it with their cut-out dinos:

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    Whilst printing and painting our dinos we listened to:

  • Brussels Sprout Shout by Duke Otherwise
  • Eat Every Bean & Pea On Your Plate by Daddy A Go-Go
  • Dinosaur Song by Johnny Cash. It’s been far too long since I linked to a Cash song. What is life without a little bit of Johnny Cash?

  • Other activities which might work well alongside reading this book include:

  • Printing with vegetables. I particularly like how Artsy Crafty Mom used okra.
  • Letting the kids invent a new vegetarian meal. This has become a favourite activity with M: I let her choose what vegetables she wants, she chops them up, adds the herbs and spices she likes, and roasts them all in the oven. We’ve had some delicious (and different!) meals as a result. M really likes to use The Flavour Thesaurus when she’s planning a new dish.
  • Trying the vegetable challenge. Visit the (super)market and see if you can identify every vegetable on sale. Be brave and choose one new vegetable to try!

  • If you liked this post you might like these other posts by me:

  • Investigating the dinos in your home and putting them in a time line. Like us you might find there is an unexpected bias towards dinos from the Cretacous, not the Jurassic as you might have thought.
  • Making snapping dinos out of clothes pegs.
  • Creating a dinosaur landscape complete with an erupting volcano!

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    Disclosure: I was sent a free review copy of this book by the publisher.

    5 Responses

    1. Love the way you wrote the “recipe” of the book!

      The bubble wrap is very effective on the dinosaurs.
      Claire Potter recently posted..Magic in the park: Go to Lancaster’s Walkabout theatre

      • Thanks you Claire. We’ve not printed with bubble wrap before, but i wanted to find a way to mimic the scales in the brilliant illustrations and I thought that printing with sweetcorn or bubble wrap might work. I had bubble wrap to hand so that’s what we tried!

    2. Your dinosaurs are delightful… totally love them!!!
      se7en recently posted..Se7en + 1 Ways to Get Involved in the GreenPop Treevolution…

    3. A vegan TRex is not that crazy :-). They found a vegan theropod in Chile recently :
      Here is the Nature abstract :

      An enigmatic plant-eating theropod from the Late Jurassic period of Chile
      Fernando E. Novas et al

      Theropod dinosaurs were the dominant predators in most Mesozoic era terrestrial ecosystems. Early theropod evolution is currently interpreted as the diversification of various carnivorous and cursorial taxa, whereas the acquisition of herbivorism, together with the secondary loss of cursorial adaptations, occurred much later among advanced coelurosaurian theropods. A new, bizarre herbivorous basal tetanuran from the Upper Jurassic of Chile challenges this conception.The new dinosaur was discovered at Aysén, a fossil locality in the Upper Jurassic Toqui Formation of southern Chile (General Carrera Lake). The site yielded abundant and exquisitely preserved three-dimensional skeletons of small archosaurs. Several articulated individuals of Chilesaurus at different ontogenetic stages have been collected, as well as less abundant basal crocodyliforms, and fragmentary remains of sauropod dinosaurs (diplodocids and titanosaurians).

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