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Triceratops Stomp

Triceratops Stomp by Karen Patkau ($19.95, Pajama Press) isn’t out until July 17, but it’s so cute, I thought I would mention it in this children’s book roundup for June.

Dinosaurs have never been my thing, but there are a few that stand out including these adorable just hatched triceratops, that poke, pop and wiggle their way out of their eggs to start exploring the world under their mamma’s watchful eye. Danger approaches, but Mamma triceratops keeps her babies safe.

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.

Illustration of an ostrich walking through a blue door wearing an old hat.
Try to guess the animal based on various clues in this book by Rachel Poliquin.

Beastly Puzzles, A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game

“What animal could you make with glue, oil, a file, silver thread, four sewing pins, a thimble and one foot? Here’s a hint – this animal has no ears, so it can’t hear danger coming. But that’s probably for the best – it couldn’t outrun a predator anyway.”

The answer is a garden snail, according to Rachel Poliquin‘s Beastly Puzzles, A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game ($18.99, Kids Can Press). It goes on to say you’ll always know where a snail has been by its silvery slime trail, which acts as a lubricant to move and a gluier slime to stick upside down.

While the illustrations aren’t my favourite, they are weirdly coloured making the book look old, it was fun trying to guess which animal you can make from night-vision googles, a fire hose, a breathing tube, a grappling hook, a heat sensor and tire treads (a python) or reeking perfume, two brushes, if it’s female, leopard spots, false eyelashes, 25-pound heart, an extra-long tassel and no voice (giraffe. Apparently, their hair is covered in a bug-and-bacteria-killing chemicals that help keep them healthy, but make them smell like poop. Who knew.)

I interviewed Poliquin about her book The Superpower Field Guide to Beavers. Read the Q&A here.

Illustration of a bunny with two big ears and some whiskers on a reddish background.
From 1 to 10 is a counting book using interesting things including bellies and wings.

From 1 to 10

In this counting book by Mies Van Hout ($19.95, Pajama Press, www.pajamapress.ca) we count a bear’s belly, crocodile’s teeth a bug’s spots. The pictures are colourful, the creatures are cute and it’s nice to be counting other things then just toes, eyes and noses.

At the end of the book, Pajama Press offers ideas to help your little one learn how to count using various things around the house, including themselves.

Pirate Chicken All Hens on Deck

Lily is a chicken, but feels she can be so much more. When pirates invade her home and capture Lily and her friends, Lily learns all she can from the terrible crew before taking over their ship and their ways. Eventually, there is mutiny and Lily learns it’s important to remember who you are – and dream big.

A chicken in a pirate outfit stands on top of a pirate ship.
Lily the chicken has big dreams and when her fellow hens are invaded by pirates, she knows what to do.

Pirate Chicken on Hens on Deck is by Brian Yanish and illustrated by Jess Pauwels ($25.50, Raincoast Books, Sourcebooks jabberwocky). It’s a cute story with a bunch of little pictures making up the book. I liked the expressions on the chicken’s faces as they are surrounded by thieving pirates and their bird of course.

A copy of these books were provided by Kids Can Press, Pajama Press and Raincoast Books for an honest review. The opinions are my own.