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It's Show and Tell, Dexter! (Dexter T. Rexter) Hardcover – Picture Book, July 17, 2018
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“While this book seems to be about show and tell, it is really about so much more…Sometimes we could all use a little reminder that being true to ourselves is the best way to live.” —Books My Kids Read
“This book was adorable…I love the message of being yourself.” —A Rup Life
“Wonderful! A blast to read aloud and act out. But the message that being yourself is always the best way to face new experiences is the best part, and brought the plot full-circle beautifully…A fantastic follow-up, yet stands on its own as a wonderful lesson in being oneself.” —Baby Bookworm
“With the first day of school fast approaching, children will easily be able to relate to Dexter’s anxiety. What a good lesson to reinforce with children—take pride in yourself and your talents!” —Beagles and Books
“Ward’s illustrations, made with printmaking ink, colored pencil, and cut paper, wonderfully capture Dexter’s every emotion and over-the-top ideas.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A sweetly amusing and fun picture book with a wonderful message about friendship, first day nerves, and the power of just being oneself. A fun interactive experience.” —Word Spelunking
“Ward again captures the inner emotional world of a young child and presents it in a very relatable manner.” —KidLit Frenzy
“Perfect for budding readers and new and emergent readers. I loved it so much and I cannot wait to give this book to my school’s kindergarten teacher.” —Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews
“I love that this book shows that it’s okay to be scared, and that being yourself is the best thing you can be. Your kids will love it.” —Christy’s Cozy Corners
“Since Dexter is speaking right to the reader, this invites energetic responses to Dexter’s worries, making this a fun choice for storytime.” —proseandkahn
“Dexter is positively lovable and the brightly colored illustrations really bring the story to life. The book has something funny on almost every page…Highly recommended!” —Booking Mama
“Dexter’s bright color and body postures make him awkward and lovable, and his empowering Dexter Dino chant gets an entire room up and stomping, making this PERFECT for storytimes.” —Mom Read It
“This amusing story is not only an entertaining read aloud, it is also a fantastic way to introduce the concept of Show and Tell in schools.” —Library Mom
“Dexter's voice is one of a kind…Students will also love rereading this.” —Unleashing Readers
“Dexter is hilarious and this book is the perfect read-aloud book for a library storytime, classroom circle time, or snuggle time on the couch. It is one kids will want to read over and over again.” —Sincerely Stacey
“I don’t think a preschool library is complete without this fun and sweet book!” —Where Imagination Grows
“You will get no spoilers from me, but I will tell you that readers will be happy with the ending. This book offers young readers an opportunity to explore feelings such as worry or anxiety. It would lend itself to meaningful discussions.” —The Late Bloomer’s Book Blog
“I love books with important messages for children and this one has that…The best part about this book is that it really shows children the importance of being themselves and how that is good enough.” —Youth Services Book Review
About the Author
Lindsay Ward is the author of the Dexter T. Rexter book Don’t Forget Dexter! Though she never got to bring an orange dinosaur to Show and Tell Day, she did once take all four albums of her sticker collection. She is also the author and illustrator of Brobarians, Henry Finds His Word, and When Blue Met Egg. Her book Please Bring Balloons was also made into a play.
Most days you can find Lindsay with her family, writing and sketching at her home in Peninsula, Ohio. Learn more about her at www.LindsayMWard.com.
- Publisher : Two Lions; Illustrated edition (July 17, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503901378
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503901377
- Reading age : 3 - 7 years
- Lexile measure : AD480L
- Grade level : Preschool - 2
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #276,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's a fun read, about a dinosaur toy who knows its kid best friend is going to be taking it to show and tell and is worried it won't do a good performance so tries to become things it is not or emulate others it thinks will be cooler, of course not realising it being what it is is what makes the kid want to take it to school in the first place. This is the second book in a series, I haven't read the first and had no problem understanding it, it's like a standalone read.
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This is a really fun way to show the children about worry and anxiety. I like how we get to see a fun side to Dexter where he dresses up in fun costumes to hide his worry but we also get to see how his body changes when he's is anxious and how he's deals with it. This is a very clever way of showing and explaining to the children how he is feeling even for younger children.
The illustrations throughout the book are mostly of just Dexter but this really helps us to understand Dexter as a character. It is good for the children to see him when he's happy and when he's anxious and to see he can be both about a situation.
At times the story doesn't flow as much as I'd like to read it but it wouldn't put me off rereading the book as I think it's great for the children to see and learn from. A great read with a character that children will love!
My son enjoyed this book. It's obviously American (Dexter refers to reciting the state capitals, which I suspect went over my little boy's head) but he found the story amusing and was happy with the ending.