Tyrannosaurus Ralph - Nate Evans
The layout of Tyrannosaurs Ralph is clear cut and easy to follow. The colors are vivid without being overdone. The illustrations are fantastic. There are all sorts of different aliens to be seen. And there are several little giggles worked into the various pages. The planet, for example, has a super special way of providing lighting. Also, bad jokes and bodily humor. Basically, it’s perfect for the age range it’s targeting. (And maybe for adults who are easily amused as well. Just sayin’.)
One of the very first things in Tyrannosaurus Ralph that made me grin was the appearance of the scientist. You aren’t going to find your typical white-coated, crazy haired skinny old guy in this book. No, in Tyrannosaurus Ralph, the ‘mad scientist’ is a sleeveless t-shirt wearing, Fu Manchu ‘stached guy with tattoos and arms the size of a little kid’s head! (The lab assistant is a fairly typical one on the surface.)
The story itself is, at its roots, pretty typical. Kid who has been bullied gets granted special powers and saves the world and finds his self-confidence. But the way it’s dressed up into a dinosaur fighting aliens keeps it interesting. I mean, what little kid wouldn’t like to imagine they could transform into a Tyrannosaurus Ralph – er, Rex – and save the world? Meeting a pretty girl while they’re at it is just a bonus!
Overall, Tyrannosaurus Ralph was a fun middle-grade graphic novel to read. I liked the fact that it had the mad scientist go against expectations. It’s simply written enough to appeal to a pretty wide age range. I’d definitely recommend it. It’s a nice spin on the reluctant hero tale.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from netgalley for review consideration.