The Three Triceratops Tuff

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This clever retelling of a tried-and-true tale has a paleontological twist!

Three Triceratops brothers by the name of Tuff are on a mission to find some grub. There’s just one thing standing in their way: a Tyrannosaurus Rex who has a very different idea of what’s for dinner! The Tuff brothers must find a way to outsmart this bossy beast, for their very lives—and a bounty of delicious greens—hang in the balance.

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Overview

This clever retelling of a tried-and-true tale has a paleontological twist!

Three Triceratops brothers by the name of Tuff are on a mission to find some grub. There’s just one thing standing in their way: a Tyrannosaurus Rex who has a very different idea of what’s for dinner! The Tuff brothers must find a way to outsmart this bossy beast, for their very lives—and a bounty of delicious greens—hang in the balance.

This vividly illustrated story transplants the classic tale of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” into the Cretaceous period, where dino fans of all ages will enjoy seeing their favorite subjects use their smarts to battle it out for dinner.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Shaskan doesn’t update the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff so much as send it into the past, “sixty-eight million years ago,” to be exact. Food is scarce for Stanley, Rufus, and Bob Tuff, but they spy some lush vegetation on the other side of a valley. The only problem: “At the bottom of the valley stood a... tyrannosaurus rex!” Shaskan draws the dino midroar, an effect he visualizes using a giant red starburst that blasts across the spread (even the tiny mosquito flying by looks scared). As in the original, each triceratops tricks the T. rex into letting him pass, with the promise that a larger, tastier morsel will be coming along. Shaskan retains the chunky, weathered style of his debut, A Dog Is a Dog, which is well suited to this story’s punchy text and colossal personalities. The climactic showdown, however, is surprisingly static; Bob Tuff takes out his opponent with a “mighty blow” from his tail, but there’s no real sense of the movement behind the action that sends the T. rex hurtling into the distance. Ages 3–7. Agent: Teresa Kietlinski, the Prospect Agency. (Apr.)
May 2013 Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"In this amusing retelling of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” the goats are replaced by a triceratops trio, and the nasty troll here is a Tyrannosaurus rex…. Humorous turns of phrase (“Once upon a time, sixty-eight million years ago . . .”) make this an entertaining read aloud selection, and teachers and libraries will appreciate the usefulness of the folktale connection and dinosaur theme.”
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“This version of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” will satisfy dinosaur lovers who just cannot get their fill of their favorite prehistoric beasts…. Shaskan’s dinos are delightfully individualized…. Dino lovers will be charmed.”

"In this amusing retelling of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” the goats are replaced by a triceratops trio, and the nasty troll here is a Tyrannosaurus rex…. Humorous turns of phrase (“Once upon a time, sixty-eight million years ago . . .”) make this an entertaining read aloud selection, and teachers and libraries will appreciate the usefulness of the folktale connection and dinosaur theme.”

May 2013 Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"In this amusing retelling of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” the goats are replaced by a triceratops trio, and the nasty troll here is a Tyrannosaurus rex…. Humorous turns of phrase (“Once upon a time, sixty-eight million years ago . . .”) make this an entertaining read aloud selection, and teachers and libraries will appreciate the usefulness of the folktale connection and dinosaur theme.”
Kirkus Reviews
This version of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" will satisfy dinosaur lovers who just cannot get their fill of their favorite prehistoric beasts. "Once upon a time, sixty-eight million years ago…" lived the three Triceratops Tuff brothers: Stanley, Rufus and Bob. Food is pretty scarce, so they go out in search of something to eat. They find lots of vegetation, but it's on the other side of a valley inhabited by an intimidating T-Rex. Hungry, naïve Stanley is not daunted, even when the giant carnivore approaches him and announces that dinner is served. Told about the bigger brother, the T-Rex tells Stanley to "scram, squirt!" Nervous Rufus' experience is just the same. And when the largest brother confronts the toothy monster, the always tough Bob has something in mind that doesn't involve becoming a meal. With the T-Rex taken care of, "at last, dinner was served…" for all the herbivores. Shaskan's dinos are delightfully individualized, though the T-Rex is so stylized as to possibly be unrecognizable. However his teeth and posture certainly get his message across, while his slang-y speech adds another dimension to the tale. Ferny fronds, a smoking volcano in the background and a mosquito that buzzes through most scenes complete the prehistoric package. Dino lovers will be charmed; others may want to stick with the more traditional goats, like those of Mary Finch's 2001 title. (Fractured fairy tale. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442443976
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 637,742
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Shaskan is the author and illustrator of The Three Triceratops Tuff and A Dog Is a Dog. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has created artwork for advertising agencies and poster designs for local bands, theater companies/productions, and area events. Stephen has also worked in early childhood education and has taught children’s art classes through the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul Academy, and the public schools in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife. Visit him at StephenShaskan.com.

Stephen Shaskan is the author and illustrator of The Three Triceratops Tuff and A Dog Is a Dog. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has created artwork for advertising agencies and poster designs for local bands, theater companies/productions, and area events. Stephen has also worked in early childhood education and has taught children’s art classes through the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul Academy, and the public schools in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife. Visit him at StephenShaskan.com.

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