How to Catch a Mamasaurus (How to Catch #20)

by Alice Walstead (Author) Andy Elkerton (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: How to Catch

The newest adventure in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling How to Catch series―do YOU have what it takes to catch the most special creature yet?

The How to Catch Kids are at it again! This time, they're trying to trap the Mamasaurus―a wonderful creature like no other with strong spirit and a kind heart! On their quest to catch her, the kids think about all the amazing ways in which Mamasaurus is there for them, always ready to share her love and support. The perfect gift for children ages 4-10 to share with Mom at Mother's Day, Christmas, and beyond, this fun dinosaur picture book is filled with silly rhymes and illustrations sure to delight young readers and educators alike with STEAM concepts and classic hilarity and chaos.

We've heard of a creature like no other, and if the great tales about her are true―

Her strong spirit and soft heart are magical, and to catch this Mamasaurus we need YOU!

Also in the How to Catch Series:

  • How to Catch a Dinosaur
  • How to Catch a Unicorn
  • How to Catch a Loveosaurus
  • How to Catch a Leprechaun
  • How to Catch a Mermaid
  • and more!
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Kirkus Reviews

[An] appreciation for mothers and all that they may do.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--Perfect for Mother's Day, the newest title in the popular "How to Catch" series features a group of kids trying to catch a Mamasaurus. On each page, the kids describe what a Mamasaurus means to them as they build traps and make special treats and crafts, while showing all the jobs a mother does for a family. The traps are generally depicted in the illustrations, as the text focuses on how Mamasaurus shares her love and support. The rhyme sequence feels clunky at times, but readers can build vocabulary--one word is highlighted on each page. Sketched and digitally painted illustrations add to the story, depicting the fun the kids are having as they get ready to celebrate a special person. VERDICT A good fit for readers celebrating moms and the maternal figures in their lives.--Sarah Polace

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Sourcebooks Wonderland
Publication date
March 05, 2024
How to Catch
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV013060 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
JUV017150 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Mother's Day
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Stories in rhyme

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