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A Reader of Fictions: Review: T-Rex Trying

A Reader of Fictions

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review: T-Rex Trying

T-Rex Trying

Author: Hugh Murphy
Pages: 128
Publisher: Plume
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
Source: Unsolicited Copy from Publisher

Description from Goodreads:
Poor T-Rex. It’s hard to be the Lizard King when you can’t even change a light bulb.

Drawn from Hugh Murphy’s wildly popular Tumblr feed of the same name, T-Rex Trying depicts the stubby-armed tyrant in a range of hilarious—yet pathos-inducing—activities that we humans take for granted. Murphy’s 100 drawings include:

T-Rex Trying to Paint His House
T-Rex Trying to Use a Drive-Through ATM
T-Rex Trying to Apply Sunscreen
T-Rex Trying to Break Into a Vending Machine
T-Rex Trying to Ask for a New Roll of Toilet Paper from the Next Stall

Looks like the ancient beast isn’t so tough after all.

First Sentence: "T-Rex trying to paint his house."

An unsolicited copy of this showed up at my house and, ordinarily, I review unsolicited books when I can and don't give them priority. With my current schedule, had this not been a picture book, it would not have gotten reviewed so soon. However, it is a picture book, and it's about a dinosaur, so there really was no reason not to go ahead and read it.

T-Rex Trying is pretty much exactly what it sounds and looks like. It's a T-Rex trying to do various mundane tasks that humans can accomplish with ease. For the most part, he finds them quite difficult for four reasons: his massive size, his taste for creatures, his intimidating appearance, or his tiny little arms. Basically, if you are endlessly amused by the following gif, you will snort with laughter at T-Rex Trying:

There are various samples of these on the internet, so I'll share a couple of my favorites:

Some of the pictures reference others. On the first page, the T-Rex tries to paint his house, and here, you can still see his attempt in the background. Don't you just feel bad for the poor guy? At least until you see the ones where he's eaten the horse he was trying to ride or the flock of sheep he was watching over...

In his mind, he has the most muscular arms. He can do anything. Very cute.

There may be nothing happier than that T-Rex having finally found a wheeled vehicle he can ride. Just look at him go!

T-Rex Trying is good for a laugh, for children and adults alike.

Rating: 4/5

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Blogger Christina Reads YA said...

I had nightmares about T-rex as a kid. Maybe seeing T-rex do various mundane things will help with that :P (they are pretty cute; I especially like how T-rex is painting itself). Maybe I'll be able to watch Jurassic Park again...

January 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, I saw Jurassic Park too young and had so many t-rex nightmares. I still really loved dinosaurs, though. The t-rex in here is pretty approachable. Poor guy just wants to do things!

January 30, 2013 at 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I was WAYYY too amused by this...but then again, I'm sick and delusional.

Is it weird I want to go to the store and buy this like RIGHT NOW? And totally scream at the people who give me weird looks for cracking up at all the pictures.

I feel so bad for the poor T-rex though. It's not their fault their arms are non-proportionally sized to the rest of their bodies.

Great review!

January 30, 2013 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha! I think most of the people I know would be entertained by this. I mean, it's a T-rex trying to do things. What's wrong with that? Plus, it's super short, so you feel like you're winning.

Well, he is kind of evil in a few of them, so he does deserve some of his reputation. His tiny arms keep him humble.

January 30, 2013 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

LMAO. That gif cracks me up EVERY time! This book sounds really cute. Jenni should totally get this for Gaige!

Katie @ BlookGirl

January 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha! It's one of the best gifs and it's the funniest moment in the movie. :)

January 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Wendy Darling said...

Heeeeeeeee. Where is this book? I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK. The Tyrannosaur looks so disgruntled in some of the drawings, I love it! So cute.

Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

January 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Lynn K. said...

This is so adorable I can't even-
You didn't show the sheep eating pics. :P

January 30, 2013 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Aww, the unicycle!.. :))) He looks like he can hardly believe his fortune!

January 31, 2013 at 12:41 AM  
Blogger Bekka said...

That gif gets me every time I see it!

This is so out of the ordinary and entirely not what I expected coming over here today. But I love it! I really want my own copy.

January 31, 2013 at 3:03 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

He does look disgruntled and it's the best. Like, WHY WON'T THIS WORK? And sometimes he looks embarrassed, like about his house.

January 31, 2013 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Nope, but they exist! He also eats a horse, which you can see here: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lyn5uwe57o1ro09hco1_500.png

January 31, 2013 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

It's adorable.

January 31, 2013 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Christina said...


I like to mix it up!

January 31, 2013 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Jenni said...

OMG YES! You are review the T-Rex Book! OMG this just made my morning. Ok scrolling up to read now.

OMG That part of... mmm was it Meet The Robinson's? Is hilarious!

OMG I love that he could only paint the one line on his house, awwww I am sad for T-Rex!

Love the unicycle! Hhaha Thanks for reviewing this it's so cute.

OMG look at all those OMG's up there. Who is this idiot?

January 31, 2013 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Nori said...

Hilarious! I love that this book exists. Plus, the pictures are so good! I could see this not working if the pictures were bad. What a wonderful unsolicited present! Has Heather seen it?

January 31, 2013 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger April (BooksandWine) said...

Bahahahah on the unicycle.

Pretty much I need to own T-Rex trying, because hello T-Rexes are AWESOME. Also, short and with drawings = instant appeal to me.

January 31, 2013 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Bahahaha OMG I love this comment!

It is Meet the Robinsons.

I am also sad for T-Rex.

February 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Heather does know because she saw it in my book haul. I might send it her way.

February 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Right? It's pretty much the best.

February 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM  

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