HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Rex and Lilly: Schooltime
Author: Laurie Krasny Brown
Illustrator: Marc Brown
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers, republished in 2001
ISBN-13: 978-0316109208 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0316109207 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0316135351 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0316135356 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 5-7
Rating: *** 3 stars (FAIR)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Brown, Laurie Krasny. Rex and Lilly: Schooltime (published in 1997 by Little Brown and Co. Juvenile). Rex and Lilly are dinosaur siblings who look amazingly, at least in the face, like Arthur and D. W. Read of the Arthur series of children’s books and PBS television programs. However, this is a different series of Dino Easy Readers illustrated by Marc Toulon Brown, the author of the Arthur books, and written by his wife, Laurie Krasny Brown. This third title of the series, which is designed to get kids laughing and reading, includes three easy-to-read stories that present everyday situations that new readers will recognize. Rex and Lilly shake things up when they go to school. Rex faces show-and-tell and trading lunches, and Lilly deals with a know-it-all.
The authors blend text with a surprise twist at the end of each chapter and art using bright watercolor-and-ink cartoon illustrations to encourage timid readers. In one story, Rex says his show-and-tell is a secret, gives the class clues (“It’s right here, but you can’t see it”), and finally shows them–his new zoo underwear. In another story, Lilly reads aloud, but she gets stuck on a word, and when Willy, the kid behind Lilly, keeps trying to shout it out, she enjoys telling him that he is a pest. Though some people may think these situations humorous, I can easily understand why many parents may not care for some of the attitudes and actions expressed in the stories. The two other books in the series are Rex and Lilly: Playtime and Rex and Lilly Family Time.