DK Canada Eyewitness Book Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 09/08

| August 14, 2014 | 50 Comments

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Reading is such a big part of my life – I even made a goal to read 50 books this year! – and I want it to be a big part of my kids’ lives too. My husband and I read with them daily and I take the to the library almost every week. Reading is a great way to unwind, to escape, and to learn. The DK Canada Eyewitness books are great for the last one: learning. These books are FULL of info on all sorts of topics. I was recently sent three books to review and I chose ones I thought my kids would like: DINOSAUR, OCEAN, and CAT.

DINOSAUR covers everything you need to know about dinosaurs and starts off explaining when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. It talks about how we know about dinosaurs even if no one has ever seen one, and how they lived, the different dinosaur shapes and sizes, what they ate and how they defended themselves. At the end there is a section about what we can do to learn more with concrete examples like visiting museums and going on a dig. This has spurred an interest in digging for dinosaur bones and I don’t have the heart to tell my kids that they won’t find any in the garden in the backyard.

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OCEAN is a little different because the book covers not only the creatures that live in the ocean, but everything having to do with these great bodies of water. The kids really liked seeing the different zones that they recognize from the show Octonauts, and I liked the section at the back with some quick facts. Like, did you know that the biggest fish is the whale shark and it can grow up to 41/5 feet long while the smallest fish, the Marshall Islands dwarf goby, is a mere 1/4inch?

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CAT features a beautiful tiger on the cover and includes info on the tiniest to the biggest cats, and the history of cats including their domestication. We were pleased to spot a Devon Rex in the Curious Cats section because that’s the kind of cat we have. We learned about wild cats and how to care for our little cat, the similarities and differences between the two, and how to identify different breeds.

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The Eyewitness books aren’t necessarily ones you can read in one sitting, but are encyclopedic and perfect for gathering facts on interesting topics. Just check out the other titles in the series: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Crystal & Gem, Dog, Gandhi, Hurricane & Tornado, Rocks & Minerals, Titanic, Wonders of the World, World War I, and World War II.


These books are available in soft cover in Canada for the first time. They make a GREAT addition to any library and will be read over and over for years to come. Right now you can pick them up for 30% off (less than $8 each). Imagine having these beautiful books for your kids.

DK Canada Giveaway

DK Canada Eyewitness Books

Enter to Win DK Canada Eyewitness books: Dinosaur, Cat and Ocean! (value $24)

Giveway ends on September 8th, 2014 at 11:59 ESt and only Canadian residents can enter.

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48  hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.

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Kamerine has been blogging for 10 years, the past four and a half as a mom. She has a 4.5 year old son and a 3 year old daughter who was born at home with only her husband there to help. Completely transformed by that experience Kamerine is now working as a birth doula. She will be writing about her experiences parenting two young children, books her and her children love, and things to do in the city.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Funny enough, they both say cow!

  2. Joy says:

    fave animals are dogs ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Rene says:

    Both girls really love cats, and ducks!

  4. Johanna says:

    I have five kids. They like all different kinds of animals, but some of the favourites are bunnies and snakes.

  5. Julie G. says:

    My granddaughter likes tigers.

  6. Pam says:

    My son’s favourite animals are tigers and sharks, and my daughter adores cats!

  7. Doris H. says:

    Favourite is the Dinosaur….he loves anything with Dinosaurs.

  8. Amy C says:

    My kids like puppies.

  9. Margaret MacKenzie says:

    My 2 yr old son’s favourite animal is a “saur”…a dinosaur!

  10. kathy downey says:

    Birds,any kinds he is amazed at how they can fly

  11. Jennifer P. says:

    Our favourite animal is a cat.

  12. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    Dinosaurs ….. hands down.

  13. Jonnie says:

    My son’s favorite animal is elk…really he loves all Canadian wildlife!

  14. Laura says:

    Our favourite is dogs ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Stephanie LaPlante says:


  16. Melissa says:

    My girls are all about ocean creatures right now…doolphins and Orcas.

  17. Maegan Morin says:

    My son loves dinosaurs and my daughter loves everything lol.

  18. Jenn G says:

    My three year old daughter is sitting on my lap now so I asked her. She said that “a lion” is her favourite. I just learned something new about her! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Winnie B says:


  20. Suzie M says:

    they are into tigers at the moment

  21. Darwin says:

    My son loves Bears

  22. KD says:

    My daughter’s favourite animal is either a tiger or a fox, although she also loves dogs!

  23. Chung L. says:

    My son’s favourite animal is the panda.

  24. Charmaine T says:

    My son’s favorite animals are bears!

  25. Nicole B says:

    My son loves everything dinosaurs

  26. Fan R says:

    Giraffe is my kiddo’s favorite animal.

  27. Viv Sluys says:

    My daughters’ favourite animals are (from my oldest to my youngest): Horses, giraffes, ‘rawrs’ (She is 2 and won’t specify which ‘rawrs’ are her favourite though she did list bears and lions and some others that were unclear…)

  28. My kids are four so they like pretty much anything and it varies by the minute. We recently went to the aquarium so fish are cool and we’re going to see “Walking with the Dinosaurs” this week so they’re popular too.

    Thanks for such a great giveaway. My kids love books.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  29. My kids’ favourite animals are cats =^..^=

  30. maria says:

    They love penguins!

  31. krystyl olson says:

    mine is a panda Bear, DD’S is a unnicorn, and DS’ is a wolf

  32. julie jacobs says:

    I would love to win these as I work with school agers before and after school

  33. Victoria Ess says:


  34. Sandy Sousa says:

    My son had a love for books..he is a fast reader and we can never buy ‘too many’.. This would be a wonderful prize to win!

  35. adnie says:

    We love our big ol’ cat – and we love TIGERS and WHALES.

  36. Angela Mitchell says:

    My daughter loves dogs.

  37. angela m says:

    My daughter loves monkeys

  38. Demetri A says:

    Turtles are favorite, may be because of Ninja Turtles.

  39. Karine says:

    Dogs, for sure!!

  40. Andrea Amy says:

    my kids like dogs and cats but they lean more towards cats because we have two of them ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. lori b says:

    loves frogs

  42. Jennifer P says:


  43. Liat52 says:

    Panda bears!

  44. holly o'gorman says:

    Pandas are my daughters favorite!

  45. Lee-Ann S says:

    Miss R loves Warthogs!

  46. Tara Gauthier says:

    My daughter loves so many but right now her favourite is horses!

  47. Katy Emanuel says:

    My daughters favourite animals are cows and komodo dragons

  48. Katy Emanuel says:

    Panda & komodo dragon

  49. Linda Klages says:

    DK books are great. I’ve always used their travel books. I have also committed to read 50 books this year. I read about 56 last year.

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