Book Review of “T. VEG The Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur”

Story by: Smriti Prasadam-Halls

Illustrations by: Katherine Manolessou

The Back story

When it comes to veganism and children, sooner or later, the issue of being different from other children will pop up. No matter whether these children were raised vegan or have parents who have transitioned to veganism, the world can become a confusing place for these little ones. Likewise, for parents, explaining why your family is vegan can pose a certain set of challenges you may not have been prepared for. But no worries there are many resources out there which will help you rise to the occasion.

In a sea of meat eaters there are many misconceptions and lack of knowledge about veganism — children can be particularly cruel toward kids that are perceived as being different. It’s an opportunity however, to teach children (who are vegan) about social responsibility and the importance of knowledge and education. It’s important to understand that children can reason and understand the rationale behind a vegan lifestyle. You simply have to put it in terms they will understand…

children have questions

One of the first questions these children will have is why, when it comes to food, they appear to be so different from their friends and classmates. They need to be reassured that even though they eat differently, they are just as strong and are just the same as their meat- eating counterparts. That’s when T. Veg the plant-eating dinosaur comes to the rescue…

The Book Review

“T.Veg” is the story of Reginald, a vegetable and fruit eating dinosaur, who is misunderstood by other T.Rexes because he is a little different. Like his friends, he loves to play, run, roar and stomp but unlike the others,  Reginald doesn’t eat meat. He is laughed at, judged and made to feel like he is wrong for being who he is.

So little Reginald leaves home and embarks on a journey to find a family that will accept him for who he is. Maybe a family of herbivores will do the trick. However, Reginald soon finds out that he is indeed a T-Rex and he doesn’t like to do what herbivores do.

On his way back to the T. Rex world, Reginald comes across his friends who were on a quest to bring Reginald home. Unfortunately, they are also in grave danger of being crushed by a giant boulder. Reginald jumps into action and saves his friends from impending doom. While doing so, the T. Rexes realize that Reginald, despite his odd eating habits, is a T-Rex just like them. He is welcomed home with open arms and the dinosaurs have a big party in his honour — feasting on vegetable kebabs and roasted squash.

Are there other resources out there?

This book is a wonderful resource for parents of kids who have gone through some of the same issues as Reginald. While the book doesn’t go into detail as to why Reginald is a plant-based dinosaur it does a wonderful job at highlighting that even if someone eats differently, there is nothing one can’t achieve while eating plants. We purchased this book for our six year old daughter but my eight year old son is also quite fond of it.

The issue of bullying is one that should not be ignored and many do not know where to start when facing such issues; here is a link to an article we wrote a while back that could prove to be of great value if your child has to face these type of issues. Zero Tolerance For Veggie Bullying.

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About Janik Lamontagne

Janik Lamontagne is a Canadian west coast vegan marathoner and world traveller with a passion for the betterment of health through exercise, nutrition and technology while promoting a vegan lifestyle for the betterment of animal welfare and stewardship of planet earth.