Don’t Forget Dexter! by Lindsay Ward is a terrific new picture book that checks all the boxes. It’s funny. It’s emotional. It’s relatable (for kids and adults). And it breaks the fourth wall by addressing the reader directly. The text is written in different font sizes to indicate Dexter’s voice volume. And the illustrations are super cute. I really loved this book.
Dexter is a stuffed dinosaur that is left in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. His friend, Jack, is gone, and after asking everyone else in the room if they’ve seen Jack, he starts to worry that he was left there on purpose because, GASP, maybe Jack found a better toy. The story is super sweet and resolves with a happy ending.
Kids will be engaged the whole way through because of Dexter’s humor. This book is even great for young readers since the prose is printed clearly with excellent punctuation. I read this book alone, but I cannot wait to have my 7 year-old read it to me.
My Rating: 5 Stars
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Introducing Dexter T. Rexter, the toughest, coolest dinosaur ever. At least he likes to think so.
When his best friend, Jack, leaves him behind at the doctor’s office, Dexter T. Rexter panics. First he tries to find Jack. Then he sings their special song. Then he sings their special song even louder. But when Jack still doesn’t appear, Dexter starts to wonder. What if he’s being replaced by another toy? It can’t be—after all, he can STOMP, RAWR, and CHOMP! Right? Right?!
This hilariously neurotic dinosaur will do whatever it takes to get his friend back—even asking the reader’s advice—in this first book of a brand-new series.
Published: January 1, 2018