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Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite -  5/5 Star Rating


The Adventures of Digbee: Have You Seen My Touque? by Sheri-Lynn Kenny is a short and cute story about a dinosaur named Digbee. Digbee is a coelphysis dinosaur who lives on the coast of Nova Scotia. Although it is his favorite place in the world, he sometimes catches a cold in rough weather and so he loves to wear his rainbow colored toque or hat. One day, as Digbee is playing around, a strong gust of wind blows his toque away. Digbee is upset over his lost toque and runs after it, searching for it while it blows away. Along the way, he meets various animals such as a polar bear, snake, beaver, frog, fish, fox, moose, and more. Each of them is wearing something colorful as well but no one has seen his toque. In the end, as Digbee is started to lose hope, he finally comes across someone who can tell him where his hat is. The story ends with a review of colors for children to identify. 


The Adventures of Digbee: Have You Seen My Touque? by Sheri-Lynn Kenny is a fun read suitable for very young children. Not only is the story well developed with a dash of humor, the illustrations in the book really make it stand apart. The charming drawings of the animals and the good use of colors would make it especially appealing to a young reader. Digbee’s character is sweet, innocent, and likeable. I especially enjoyed the rainbow colored clothing worn by the animals he meets along the way, which makes the story humorous. All in all, The Adventures of Digbee: Have You Seen My Touque? is a fun read that I would recommend to everyone.

Reviewed By Faridah Nassozi for Readers’ Favorite - 5/5 Star Rating


The Adventures of Digbee: Have You Seen My Toque? by Sheri-Lynn Kenny is the story of a coelophysis dinosaur called Digbee and his desperate search for his beautiful toque. Digbee always wore his toque, or hat, when leaving his cave for the beach. While walking on the beach one day, Digbee lost his toque to the strong winds from the ocean. Without his beautifully colored toque, he could not survive against the negative effects of the coastal weather. So when it was blown to a faraway place by the wind, Digbee immediately started searching for it. His search took him across the coast into the surrounding fields and, on the way, he met many new animals and asked for their help. Will he be lucky enough to recover his lovely toque? 


The Adventures of Digbee: Have You Seen My Toque? is a brilliantly well-written children's storybook by Sheri-Lynn Kenny. The vivid illustrations blend perfectly with the words to bring the story of Digbee and his search for his multicolored toque to life. This book lets kids learn something about the coelophysis dinosaur in a fun and exciting way and also adds some new words and animals to their vocabulary. The kids will also learn about making new friends and the very important lesson that something good and unexpected can sometimes come out of a bad situation. The Adventures of Digbee: Have You Seen My Toque? by Sheri-Lynn Kenny is a beautiful dinosaur story especially crafted to appeal to young minds. It is perfectly suited for the intended age group and will make for good reading as a bedtime story and for any other time and place; a great addition to any children's library.


Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite - 5/5 Star Rating


The Adventures of Digbee: Have You Seen My Touque? is an educational children’s book written and illustrated by Sheri-Lynn Kenny. The coelophysis was a relatively small dinosaur that lived in Nova Scotia. Fossil remains have been found along the coast of the Bay of Fundy and in another location. Digbee is a young coelophysis dinosaur who lives in a cave by the shore. He wears yellow rubber boots when he goes out to explore and, to keep his head warm, a brightly coloured toque. The toque keeps his head toasty and comfortable when the winds are cold and chilly. One day, a strong gust of wind blew Digbee’s toque right off of his head, and his attempts to retrieve it met with little success. He encountered a number of animals as he searched; all of them were wearing brightly colored ornaments and clothing, but not his toque.


Sheri-Lynn Kenny’s educational children’s book, The Adventures of Digbee: Have You Seen My Touque?, is an entertaining and informative book about colors and the types of animals found by the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. Digbee gets to meet a lot of different animals as he searches for his toque, and his adventure introduces children to those animals as well. Kenny’s illustrations are captivating, and they made me want to pull out my colored pencils and draw and color along with the author as she chronicles Digbee’s search. What a great way to not only introduce colors but show how to draw a series of pictures to illustrate a story! This creative and original picture book is ideal for sharing with young children, but it’s also appropriate for new readers to try on their own. The Adventures of Digbee: Have You Seen My Touque? is most highly recommended.

Reviewed By Tiffany Davis for Readers’ Favorite - 4/5 Star Rating


The Adventures of Digbee: Have You Seen My Touque? by Sheri-Lynn Kenny is a children's novel about a dinosaur named Digbee that never goes outside without his yellow rubber boots, and a toque which is his colored hat. In the beginning of the story, Digbee loses his toque to the wind while walking alongside the water. In an effort to find his favorite missing toque, Digbee follows the clues and encounters numerous animals along the way in his adventure.


The story was straight to the point and even gave good background information at the beginning. It was also a great idea to break down the pronunciation of the dinosaur's species name, coelophysis, and how the fossil remains have been discovered in Nova Scotia. The story was very sweet and easy to understand because the pictures that accompany the events are colorful and bright, and appear to have been drawn very loosely in an effort to appeal to younger children. I thought the idea of the pictures was very helpful because children are able to put a face to the characters.


The review portion at the end of the story is a great learning tool because it gives adults the opportunity to review the colors and animals with children after hearing the completed story. This story is extremely easy to read and understand, and is a good book for young readers.


 

Official Review: The Adventures of Digbee: Have You Seen ... 

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Adventures of Digbee: Have You Seen My Touque?" by Sheri-Lynn Kenny.]


The Adventures of Digbee: Have You Seen My Toque? is a children’s book by Sheri-Lynn Kenny, and apparently the first in a series of what will be Digbee’s “many adventures.” Published in 2015, it is available in paperback from Amazon. My e-book is 32 pages, including covers and end sheets.


Digbee is a dinosaur – a coelophysis – and a brief explanation is given about the fossil remains of a coelophysis dinosaur being found along the Bay of Fundy near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada. The author is Canadian and lives in Parrsboro, thus the apparent inspiration for Digbee.


Digbee loves to put on his toque and yellow boots and play by the sea. (If you, like me, never heard the word “toque,” it’s apparently a common word in Canada for a knit cap.In the file I received and on Amazon it is also spelled "touque.") One day the wind blows Digbee’s toque away. Digbee gives chase, and along the way he encounters animals such as a polar bear, snake, beaver, peacock, butterfly, and others. Some give him help in his quest to find his missing hat.


The book is liberally illustrated with many colorful pictures. I’m not sure what the media are, but it looks like it could be crayon, pastels, and/or paint. There are pictures on every page, and three or four pages are full-page illustrations with no text. Where text is used, there are not more than four or five lines to a page (except for the final page), and these are written so that the last words of the lines rhyme.


Although the pictures are bright and colorful, they do not give the appearance of having been rendered by a trained artist. They are roughly drawn and colored, and the animals are mainly represented in side profile or full front view. All of this gives the illustrations a very amateur feel. Most of the illustrated objects – the sun, trees, flowers, some of the animals, and Digbee himself – are similar to what would be expected from grade-school students, and what parents of such children have hanging on their refrigerators all across the country. This is not meant to be an insult; perhaps the author was after this particular style. The bright colors may appeal to small children, but even very young children, through books and other media, are regularly exposed to better quality illustrations than are found in this book. 


As mentioned, the text is written in a rhyming style, but many of the rhymes feel forced and awkward. Although the last words of the lines rhyme, there isn’t any rhythm to the text that could properly classify it as poetry. For example (punctuation and capitalization reproduced as they appear in the book):


There on the surface of the lake, he saw it.

It was not his toque, but a beaver with a tail mitt.

“I have not seen your toque as of yet”,

“But I have friends you can ask,

which I will go and get.”


Another:


From out of the woods came Larry the Lynx

who smiled wide

“Come on over, we have nothing to hide!”


After the story, there is a page that says “So…Lets Review”, and the next page contains eleven illustrations of animals encountered in the story, but they are lacking any kind of detail; they are mainly in silhouette. A bear, moose, fish, snake, frog, etc., are pictured, each in a different color, and the corresponding color is written over each picture. These illustrations are so roughly done I had to look twice at one or two to determine what they are. This page almost feels like an afterthought, as these colors are never mentioned in the main text of the book. 


I didn’t see any significant lessons that could be taught from this story, aside from the fact that the creatures Digbee meets help him to find his hat. Several animals are pictured, and the final page can be used to teach colors, but some of the words used in telling the story – situation, sported, proud, suggested, absolutely – seem beyond the ken of children who are still learning their basic colors and animals. Finally, I wonder about the word “toque.” This is a very significant word in the story and even in the title itself, but seems quite inaccessible to children living outside of Canada. 


This book may provide some entertainment for very small children. The story is extremely simple and the illustrations are bright and colorful. But the mediocre quality of the pictures coupled with awkward text prevent me from giving The Adventures of Digbee: Have You Seen My Toque? more than 2 out of 4 stars. I have difficulty recommending this to parents, as I think there are better books available for small children, and the $15 price tag seems quite high for a book of this caliber.