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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.

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.

32 pages, Hardcover

First published April 1, 2013

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560 reviews50 followers
October 21, 2015
I love this take on the classic "Three Billy Goats Gruff". I've read this many times at story time sessions in the library and the kids love it!
The bright, simple illustrations are fantastic and make the book so much fun.
One for the dinosaur lovers!
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938 reviews40 followers
June 24, 2013
In this prehistoric rendition of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, three triceratops brothers (with the last name of “Tuff”) see some lush, green plants on the other side of the valley. They want to go and eat…but there is a big, bad tyrannosaurus rex blocking their way. The smallest brother (named Stanley) heads down first. Of course the T-Rex decides to wait for the option of a bigger meal. Then Rufus heads over and tells Rex about a bigger brother to keep from becoming a meal. Finally the oldest and the biggest triceratops brother comes down to the valley. The T-Rex tries to eat him, but with one powerful blow from Bob’s tail, the T-Rex is sent far away. And the three triceratops (along with many other vegetarian dinosaurs) get to eat to their heart’s content.

This is a fun play on a classic story. And what kids won’t love the fact that it is all about dinosaurs?!? The big black lines around the dinosaurs and simple textured colors will give young readers loads to look at as well as clearly showing them what is going on. However, readers who don’t know that this is a play on the Billy Goats GRUFF will wonder why the triceratops are named TUFF. But with the T-Rex flying into a volcano, most kids will only care about how cool Bob is for a big brother.
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Author 122 books144 followers
February 19, 2013
A very funny re-telling of the Three Billy Goats Gruff with dinos as the main characters. It's herbivores vs. carnivore here, as three triceratops try to get across a valley guarded by a T. rex in order to get to lush vegetation on the other way. I love the dainty Stanley Tuff clip, clomping into the valley fearlessly. The language is great ("Then scram, squirt!" said the T. rex, thinking himself quite lucky."), and the art is kind of hysterical! And then ending, well, maybe not everyone will be a fan of the physical way triceratops got rid of T. rex, but I loved it. When a T. rex is threatening to eat you for dinner, a little tail-whomping is fully justified, in my opinion:>)
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4,985 reviews59 followers
April 24, 2013
A reimagined version of the tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff featuring a family of triceratops! So funny, very well done and a perfect read aloud for kids who are already familiar with the original version.

Digitally rendered illustrations have a hand-drawn look with kindly dinosaurs, even a cute T. Rex!
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558 reviews6 followers
March 9, 2014
A good, solid retelling of one of my favorites The Three Billy Goats Gruff. This version doesn't change anything except for transforming the goats into Triceratops and the Troll into a Tyrannosaurus Rex. If you have a child who is crazy for dinosaurs this is an excellent choice for a classic, timeless story with characters in which he or she will delight.
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Author 3 books35 followers
May 10, 2013
This book is prehistorically delightful!
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202 reviews10 followers
April 25, 2013
This is a great book to read on school visits for the Dig into Reading Summer Reading Program theme. I'm sure that the younger kids will love it.
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4,492 reviews15 followers
July 25, 2014
A book very similar to the Three Billy goats Gruff story. I think I like this story better than the original since children can relate better with dinosaurs.
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3,385 reviews12 followers
August 24, 2017
Cute images, great re-imagining of the Billy Goats Gruff story, and a simple storytelling style that would work well for storytimes.
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1,827 reviews24 followers
April 20, 2013
Three Billy Goats Gruff with dinos. Glad to have something new to read for dinosaur storytime!
April 8, 2021
This book is so adorable for the students that love dinosaurs and especially if their Triceratops. Its kind of like the 3 little pigs but just in dinosaur form. Their story is about a mean T-rex wanted to eat them but ended being swung to the side really far. Overall the book is so cute and great!
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145 reviews15 followers
April 25, 2018
Cute dinosaur retelling of the Three Billygoats Gruff. Art was good, story was good. :)
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12.9k reviews264 followers
November 9, 2013
In this prehistoric version of The Billy Goats Gruff, three triceratops brothers with the family surname Tuff set off to find something to eat. Unfortunately, a T-Rex stands in their way. Stanley and Rufus use their smarts to persuade the dinosaur to let them pass since they promise their brother will provide a much larger meal. But Bob, the biggest brother, doesn't have to use his brains to foil the T-Rex. He simply mows him over and heads on his way to dinner. Readers will howl as they read the story and note the fierce determination in Bob's eyes and in his physical stance as shown in the digital illustrations.
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3,620 reviews43 followers
October 1, 2022
A wonderfully funny take on the three billy goats story. Three triceratops brothers need to cross into a valley to find food, but there is a t-rex guarding the way. Each finds his way through by promising a larger brother is coming. Then big brother does come and the t-rex is in trouble. I loved the bright illustrations and I think kids will really have fun with this one.
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