Do you love chicken jokes? Then you'll love Chick-o-saurus Rex! Our protagonist, Little Chick, doesn't feel much like laughing, though. When the farmyard gang excludes him from the treehouse for being, well, chicken, his dad pulls out the old family album to look at their illustrious ancestors--crossing roads, chicken-dancing, and laying large eggs. Looking back at his relatives, Little Chick really doubts he can prove he comes from brave and mighty stock.
Then he and his father dig up a surprising family skeleton! I'm sure you can guess by the title which one it is. Finding an impressive ancestor gives Little Chick the confidence not just to stand up to the bullies but to stand up for them in face of an even bigger foe.
The science behind this story may be inconclusive, but the picture book is pretty fun nonetheless. I love the thick lines on the cartoony farmyard characters. Bright colors pop off the page and the animals' expressions are classic. The writing is silly and fun to read out loud, especially since kids will get to bleat, squeal, and cock-a-doodle-doo (or is it RAWR?!) along with the characters as they go through the story. In the end there's a great and simple lesson about friendship.