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Tyrone the Terrible by Jan Lis

Tyrone the Terrible

post written by Emma Filbrun
Tyrone the Terrible by Jan Lis

Title: Tyrone the Terrible
Author: Jan Lis
Major Themes: Chameleons, Reptiles, Animal Stories, Christian Fiction, Fantasy
Synopsis: A puny little chameleon decided to become big and strong and mean—until he met someone bigger and stronger and meaner!

I read a number of reviews of Tyrone the Terrible when it first published, and thought it sounded like a fun story. When I saw it available for review later, I requested it, and read it to my young children. They loved it!

Tyrone and his sister came out of their eggs in Gnarly Tree Bend in the Bayou. Tyrone was a puny little fellow, and everyone made fun of him. He ended up spending time alone until Junior Squirrel challenged him to build up muscle and become stronger than anyone else. Tyrone decided he was going to be as strong as an alligator!

Tyrone worked and worked and ate and ate and practiced being big and strong and MEAN! He got to where he could scare almost anyone. And then one day, the log underneath him moved . . . and he got an introduction to someone bigger and scarier than himself. What now?

I’m not sure my children caught any of the lesson that was supposed to be taught in Tyrone the Terrible, but they sure enjoyed the fun story! They were sad when we reached the end of this short chapter book. One thing I really like about the book is the nice drawings of swamp animals with each chapter.

I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.

No warnings!

Age levels:

Read Aloud—Ages 3 – 4, 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12

Links to buy this book:

Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
AbeBooks: View Choices on
Book Depository: Paperback

Keywords: Chameleons, Reptiles, Animal Stories, Christian Fiction, Fantasy

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