Tyrannosaurus Sue does have its problems. First of all, Steve Fiffer
is quite pun oriented. This is funny the first few times, but then it just gets kind of annoying. Secondly, the author jumps around to different people, places, times, and events, and this can get a little bit disorienting. One minute I'm reading a paragraph about Tyrannosaurus Sue and the Larsons, and the very next paragraph is about a fossil hunter from 1869! Quite often I felt like I had whiplash due to all that jumping about, so maybe better formatting of the text might have helped resolve some of that. Finally, this book is full of legal back and forth, which is to be expected, but there were times when I really thought this would be most enjoyable and understandable to a lawyer.
Fine. Despite these issues, this book was entertaining, and I liked it! The author's enthusiasm for this topic was very apparent. He was almost like a kid telling a story that he was excited about, "and then, and then, and then...!" Sometimes this excitement worked against him, and I think perhaps occasionally compelled him to include peripheral things that may not have been totally relevant to the story of Sue, but the facts were interesting, and his excitement about them made their inclusion forgivable. The author also managed to convey a sense of suspensefulness. There were times that I couldn't put the book down because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next!
Tyrannosaurus Sue was a good, entertaining story. I enjoyed it, *and,* the next time I'm out (unsuccessfully) looking for arrowheads or other ancient artifacts on my aunt and uncle's property, you can bet that, thanks to this book, I'll think twice about picking them up.