A Boy and His T-Rex

I love reading. Always have and one day, when I have my own kids, I want to introduce them to reading too. With all the comics I have, they seem like the obvious choice to get said kids reading, but many of them ARE NOT for kids. Maybe preteens, but that’s the limit. I don’t know many books both parent and child can enjoy without the parent feeling like they’re reading a kids book.

Enter Super Dinosaur.

I’ll admit, the title does kind of scream, “Yes grownups, you’ll get nothing out of this one!” But it’s written by Robert Kirkman, who writes The Walking Dead and a bunch of other superhero books I’m hooked on. His name alone will get me to buy a book sight unseen and I’m so glad I did. Check out this opener.

Can I tell you how many memories that brings back? What to say about this opener. It’s beautifully drawn, instantly caught THIS reader’s attention and is FUN. What child wouldn’t be excited to read something like this?

The next few pages consist of an intense battle against foes such as Terrordactyl and Breakeosaurus (Who work for the evil Max Maximus) with some witty banter in between.

Once the action is over, we head back to the Dynamo Dome and meet Derek’s dad, Dexter. (How’s that for wicked alliteration?) Anyway, Dexter’s been working on a new formula and can’t quite figure out how to complete it. Derek tells him he just needs some rest, to which he agrees. Once his father is gone, Derek completes the formula. You see, Derek’s dad is sick and his memory isn’t what it used to be. But he doesn’t know he’s sick. His son’s been covering for him because he’s afraid of what the government (Their bosses) will do if they find out. Before you get a chance to shed a tear over that one, the Dynamo Dome is attacked. This time by the dreaded . . . Tricerachops. (Holy awesome!)

But even though she’s fighting Derek and Super Dinosaur, we learn she’s no friend of Max Maximus. Her reasons are unknown at this point, but it adds some spice to the standard good guy versus bad guy scenario.

What comes next is anyone’s guess. Kirkman is a skilled writer and fearless when it comes to what he’ll do for the sake of the story. Suffice to say I’m in for the long haul. And at some point, I’ll get to relive the experience through my kid’s eyes. At least that’s my fantasy. Maybe my future kid will think it’s more fun to eat the pages.

So does this sound like something fun for both parent and child or am I an over-sized child myself? Are there any other stories you’ve enjoyed with your kids? Or was there something you remember your parents reading to you? Help me out, I need more recs!

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9 comments on “A Boy and His T-Rex

  1. That looks awesome. I really wish comics / graphic novels were a bigger thing in Holland. I couldn’t agree with you more Andrew, I can’t wait to share my reading passion with my kids and the above is certainly one I would love to buy. I think I have said before in a comment I would love to read more comics.
    I am already seeing that my kids are very artistic, taking photos, drawing and my eldest who is only 4 loves telling stories and pretending to write them. I cannot wait to share my passion with my kids, and you are right to look forward to doing the same.

    • Oh, that’s too bad. I’ve heard the shipping from Amazon US is very expensive. I don’t know if there’s any difference, but there are many online comic shops that ship around the world. The one I like is http://mycomicshop.com Shipping costs outside the US are case by case, but perhaps a monthly shipment would save more money than weekly ones.

      I love hearing your kids are so creative already.

  2. That looks like so much fun to read! Great article on it. I think it sounds like a great read-aloud!
    Is Derek in a wheelchair? Or it it just something he uses to fly with?

  3. Please don’t hate me for this, people! But I’ve never figured out the appeal of graphic novels. So many people love them, but I don’t get it. Andrew, change my mind. Tell me why people like them. Make me cross over to your side! :0)

    • Okay . . . here goes.

      I’m sure you’ve watched animated films. Did you like those? Because a comic is similar, except it’s like reading a storyboard. For me, looking at a beautiful piece of art like the one above, with dialogue, is way cool.

      Really, it’s just a different way to enjoy a great story. Any of the ones I’ve read could’ve been standard novels or movies or TV shows. The reverse has been done too. As we speak, the Anita Blake series is being adapted to comics. They’re on the third novel and it’s selling very well. The Dresden Files, Wheel of Time and Dean Koontz are doing similar things too.

      Hope that clears it up. If you have more questions, I’m happy to answer them.

      • Maybe the problem is that I’ve never really read a graphic novel that had good dialogue. If that’s the case, I may have to try again. We have the Dark Tower Series, but I’m almost afraid to look at them. We got them as collector’s items. I’m so clumsy….

  4. There is nothing wrong for being an over-sized kid, I personally think it’s healthy!

    My fav child/adult book is Charlotte’s Web. I finally have a niece to share it with….in a few years. She’s a bit young now. My three nephews weren’t interested.

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