Title: Tyrannosaurus Ralph | Author: Nate Evans | Illustrator: Vince Evans | Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing | Pub. Date: 2017-10-24 | Pages: 180 | Genre: Kids Sci-Fi Graphic Novel | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley for review consideration.
Ralph is just trying to get home from school without getting picked on by the local bully.
He’s not trying to run smack into that bully. He’s also not trying to wake up hours later in the body of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. And he’s DEFINITELY not trying to do battle in an alien arena in order to save Earth from the evil Cloberus Crunch.
Unfortunately for Ralph, this is exactly what happens.
Armed only with a new body (with very tiny arms) and his wits, Ralph is expected to not only defend himself and his planet in hand-to-hand combat with ferocious aliens, he must also navigate a new world filled with all sorts of creatures Ralph has never imagined, in which it can be difficult to tell friend from foe.
This zany, hilarious story will appeal to anyone who loves dinosaurs, aliens, and adventure.
Tyrannosaurus Ralph Review
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.