Thursday, April 18, 2013
Written and Illustrated by Molly Idle
Viking, 2013. Unpaged picture book.
Tea Rex details the rules and etiquette of hosting a dignified tea party, even when one's guest is anything but dainty. Cordelia and her little brother play host to Mr. Rex, who does not always conduct himself properly, but nonetheless provides for a rousing, adventurous afternoon. The characters are immediately likeable, and the artwork is reminiscent of the best of Disney. Molly Idle's colored-pencil illustrations are soft, with interesting colors and funny details, such as a collapsed chair and tattered wallpaper left in Mr. Rex's wake. This is a charming story, and little brothers will find as much to enjoy as prim little ladies.