Review: T-Rex Trying by Hugh Murphy


t-rex tryingTitle: T-Rex Trying
Hugh Murphy
Library (Hardcover)


Poor T-Rex. It’s hard to be the Lizard King when you can’t even change a light bulb.

Drawn from Hugh Murphy’s wildly popular Tumblr feed of the same name, T-Rex Trying depicts the stubby-armed tyrant in a range of hilarious—yet pathos-inducing—activities that we humans take for granted. Murphy’s 100 drawings include:

T-Rex Trying to Paint His House
T-Rex Trying to Use a Drive-Through ATM
T-Rex Trying to Apply Sunscreen
T-Rex Trying to Break Into a Vending Machine
T-Rex Trying to Ask for a New Roll of Toilet Paper from the Next Stall

Looks like the ancient beast isn’t so tough after all.

my thoughts-01

Oh my goodness. When I think of the T-Rex, I immediatley think of two things:

1. Jurassic Park (seriously, one of my favourite movies EVER), and
2. That meme that goes around about if you’re having a bad day, to just imagine a T-Rex making the bed.

Of all the prehistoric creatures we’ve heard of, I think the T-Rex has to be the most famous — and probably my favourite. Mostly because he can be very scary, but very funny at the same time. You know, with those small arms and all.

Hugh Murphy made such a great book with T-Rex Trying. It’s hilarious and sweet and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the T-Rex’s lack of motor skills with his short arms and obvious large to-do list. It’s a very small book, but full of over 100 drawings of the T-Rex trying to do an assortment of things that are just impossible for his weird body shape to accomplish.

If you love the T-Rex, this is a must-read book — really, I’d love to have a copy of my shelf to flip through on a bad day. Not all the drawings are overly funny, but I’m sure everyone will find a handful or more that they’ll love.


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