Triceratops Stomp by Karen Patkau. Pajama Press, 9781772780796, 2019
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? You have to love a book where a mother triceratops scares away a t-rex — nice for a change in dinosaur stories. In the beginning of this story, we see a cluster of triceratops eggs hatching in a nest. These little babies make their way out of their shells and begin exploring their new world. Things turn a little scary (or very scary) when a huge t-rex appears on the horizon and starts threatening the new family. Mother triceratops is having none of that — she raises her horns and the t-rex flees over the hillside. The family heads back home only to fall asleep in a snoring pile at the feet of their brave mother.
While reading this story, I kept thinking how perfect it would be for a toddler story time. The illustrations are adorable and there are plenty of sounds and movements for young children to mimic such as tap-tap, peck-peck, poke-poke, wriggle-wriggle, cheep-cheep, munch-munch, and roarrr, just to name a few. This would be a very interactive book with young children. Also, the last page of the book illustrates seven different dinosaurs along with some interesting facts. A challenge is also presented to see if you can find these dinosaurs throughout the pages of the story.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing
To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for children between the ages of two and four.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone who works with children between the ages of two and four.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer Kristin Guay, former youth librarian
Date of review: July 24, 2019