Triceratops Stomp Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

Cover: Triceratops Stomp Author-Illustrator: Karen Patkau Publisher: Pajama Press“[D]ino fans will delight in this onomatopoeic romp. Extra information about other dinosaurs found throughout the story is appended at the end. Fill your storytime with prehistoric sound.”

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School Library Journal

“A serviceable addition for the most devoted toddler dino fan.”

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The Globe & Mail

“Young readers will find themselves stomping and romping and thudding about just like the baby dinosaurs in Patkau’s lively onomatopoeic text.”
—Jeffrey Canton

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Resource Links

“Rating: G…This picture book is an easy introduction to dinosaurs for young readers, with repetition and fun sounds to keep them entertained. The story is followed with a ‘Dino-Search’, so kids can look back throughout the book to spot a specific dinosaur and learn a few fun facts along the way.”
—Holly Rainville

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Midwest Book Review

Triceratops Stomp by author and illustrator Karen Patkau will delight, entertain and charm children ages 2-5, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, kindergarten, and community library picture book collections.”

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Youth Services Book Review

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

You have to love a book where a mother triceratops scares away a t-rex — nice for a change in dinosaur stories….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….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….

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our ‘to read’ piles? Yes”
—Kristin Guay, former youth librarian

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CM Magazine

“[C]hanges to the size of the font and capitalization encourage the reader to read aloud with enthusiastic vocal variation…

Extra content includes a concluding ‘Can You FIND ME in the Story’ page that invites readers to return to the book and locate the seven dinosaurs that appear somewhere in the book….The closing endpapers carry the text ‘This is how BIG we were’ and provides a size comparison of all the dinosaurs with a human family standing at the side. Recommended.”
Saeyong Kim is a public librarian who lives and works in British Columbia.

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CanLit for LittleCanadians

“For children with an enduring love of all things dinosaur and of evocative text of sound and action, Triceratops Stomp will inspire countless readings with nonstop interaction. It maybe not the quietest of bedtime reads but Triceratops Stomp is certainly a picture book destined to become an action adventure of a different class….

While Triceratops Stomp is a playful read that will teach sounds that accompany actions like breaking out of an egg, eating plants, and sleeping, it goes beyond that in both text and art. It portrays the natural history of Triceratops with respect to babies, feeding, defence and family, as well as physical features….Created with digital media, Karen Patkau gives Triceratops babies cuteness and authenticity, and generates landscapes lush in greens and detailed animal morphologies sufficient to instruct but never straying from captivating and entertaining.

Whether you choose Triceratops Stomp as a science teaching tool, as a story to enhance language with its onomatopoeic foundation or as a fun read to share with young dinosaur fans, you can be sure to hear ‘Read. Read. Read. Again. Again.’”

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“It’s a cute story and I like that the author illustrates other dinosaurs in the background on each page. The end of the book, children are asked to find the various dinosaurs throughout the book.”

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Fab Book Reviews

“Canadian author, illustrator, and visual artist Karen Patkau (Ecosystem series, Creatures Yesterday and Today) brings readers a lively tale perfect for toddlers and preschoolers with Triceratops Stomp….With a ‘Can You FIND Me in the Story?’ dinosaur look-and-seek as well as a ‘This is how BIG we were’ comparison spread of the dinosaurs featured in the story to humans, Patkau’s story is really tailor-made for young dinosaur enthusiasts. The digitally rendered illustrations’…slightly softer composition and green-leaning colour palette works well for this straightforward story, and for the intended audience. Perfect for fans of rambunctious and simple-to-follow dinosaur-centered picture books such as Nicholas Oldland’s Dinosaur Countdown, Jane Yolen and Mark Teague’s How Do Dinosaurs…? series, Bob Shea’s Dinosaur Vs. series, or Stephan Lomp’s MamasaurusTriceratops Stomps is solidly entertaining fare. Triceratops Stomp might work especially well as a read aloud for an under-five storytime group: the onomatopoeic lines in the story are practically calling for exuberant readers and listeners to chant and repeat!”

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Canadian Bookworm

“This picture book will be great for all the dinosaur enthusiasts….There is lots of word repetition, onomatopoeia, alliteration and fun sounds to keep a youngster interested in what’s happening. The drawings are simple, but have lots of movement and interest. I loved the proliferation of different greens here. A fun read.”

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Kids’ Book Buzz

“This story…gives additional information about different types of dinosaurs in the glossary and has a cute story that smaller children (ages two to six) will enjoy. It may even be a nice story for a big brother or sister to read to their younger sibling. The illustrations are colorful and the story is simple and easy to follow for younger readers.”
—Ania, Age 8

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