cover image If I Had a Triceratops

If I Had a Triceratops

George O’Connor. Candlewick, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-6013-0

Continuing to riff on the idea of kids as the proud owners of prehistoric pets, O’Connor follows If I Had a Raptor with a boy’s fantasy of life with an enormous orange triceratops of his own. It’s all about physical comedy as the boy plays fetch with the triceratops (boy tosses stick, dino returns with uprooted tree), teaches her tricks (high-fiving nearly results in an accidental squashing), and keeps her safe from things like large bones: “She could choke. (And besides, they might belong to a relative of hers.)” Larger-than-life fun for animal- and dinosaur-loving kids. Ages 3–7. (Feb.)