Hi, I’m Patricia- writer, artist, and full-time mommy of 5 little youngsters nine and stairstepping down to the THREE year-old. Life is a joyful mess. πŸ˜€

Pete’s Paleo Petshop is a children’s picture book series, set in a world where you can visit the shop to meet your very own prehistoric friend.  At the moment time has stopped in the Jurassic period, the “golden age” of the dinosaurs, but this is only the beginning.  Over time I’ll be expanding the series so you can meet all sorts of amazing animals- anything from giant T-rex and woolly mammoth, to tiny and beautiful creatures from the dawn of time.

On the 1st of each month, we have our Critter-of-the-Month, where you can meet one of the many paleo-pets Pete cares for in the shop. πŸ™‚

Check out the calendar for any other posts I have scheduled for this month!

Thank you for joining me here at the shop! πŸ™‚ You can follow me on Instagram @paleopetshop

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        1. Oh I see πŸ™‚ Do you have WordPress or some other platform? I can only answer for WordPress, since obviously that’s what I use. πŸ™‚

          To create a new page, you should be able to see a black bar at the top of the page when you’re logged into your account. In the far left is a choice between “my sites” and “reader”.

          Click on “my sites”, and from there you can simply add a page. πŸ™‚ There’s a little button that says “add” right beside “site pages” πŸ™‚

          I hope that helps! πŸ™‚


            1. You want your home page to be the sort of place readers can find you and know exactly what your website is about. Think about a sentence that describes your website to your guest in about 10 seconds. That’s typically how long people linger on a page before they decide to leave or stick around a bit longer. So think about what makes your website unique, and how to clearly and quickly explain why your reader may want to stay. πŸ™‚ Images and “headline” text are simple ways to convey information quickly.


  1. It is a new year, so here are a probable list of eight plans for you this year and the near future:
    1. You to appear in the book series as the co-founder of the shop.
    2. A schedule for introducing new critters: 2 new critters every two weeks.
    3. A book series, in which you commission paleo-artists to do illustrations, can go for your regular book series. This acts as a review for each β€œwave”
    4. Start a figure line of scientifically accurate figures, also try to go for obscure critters in toy lines.
    5. Create fact files for each figure.
    6. Give us hints for what the latest additions (creatures) to the shop.
    7. Update your topic on the DinoToyBlog forum (if you can).
    8. Take online suggestions for each critter you will introduce.

    Will you take consideration with these options?


    1. Hi Paleoteen, that’s quite the list! Thank you for stopping by and chatting with me πŸ™‚

      1. I actually do appear in some of the short stories I’ve posted! I’m the woman who is Pete’s assistant. πŸ˜€ In the picture book illustrations, the family looking for the perfect prehistoric pet is actually my own (back when I had 3 kids instead of 4, soon to be 5 lol πŸ˜€ )

      2. A schedule for introducing new critters is a good idea. I’ll have to think on that one. But it’ll have to be something like every 3 or 4 months instead of every 2 weeks.

      3. I currently have 2 book series in progress! One is the picture book series that will feature each of Earth’s prehistoric time periods (plus our own possibly featuring critters like the quagga and dodo). The 2nd is a series of short story collections featuring the critters’ adventures at the shop. πŸ™‚ I have lots of other ideas too, but you can only have so many pans in the fire!

      4. I would love, love, love to do this! Alas, my skills in sculpting are quite lacking, so this will have to wait for a time when I have enough money to hire a sculptor, or enough people who know about the series to justify making little sculptures. But they would most likely be stylized versions of the characters, and not 100% accurate. πŸ™‚

      5. Some of the critters here at the shop already have fact file pages! I’m slowly working on getting them all their own critter page, but I can make sure to work on them a bit more this year. πŸ™‚

      6. You can get hints for the most likely future additions to the shop at my Instagram @paleopetshop πŸ˜€

      7. Ooh, I definitely need to do this. It’s been too long! πŸ˜€

      8. I welcome suggestions of Jurassic critters, and you just might see them have their first appearance over at my Instagram, but it may still be a while before they are officially introduced here on the site. πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for your feedback! I’ll definitely think about it and see what I can do. πŸ™‚


      1. Well, it will be great. Also, do you mean 2 critter every three months? Because I am slightly confused. Also, try to edit the fact files and give the right species name to each animal. Also, how about 220 creatures from the Jurassic. Remember to add Jobaria, Mongolarachne, Vieraella, Sordes, and Ophthalmosaurus.


        1. 1 critter every 3 months, maybe, I need to think about that one and see what is realistic for me to do. As for species, I only have the genus for each animal given because technically each critter is a domesticated mix of the traits of different species. So unless one of the critters is based on a specific species it is only given its genus name.

          I plan on adding as many critters as I can during the time I’m exploring the Jurassic, so aside from that I don’t have a specific number in mind. But I’ll definitely add those critters to the list for consideration! πŸ™‚


            1. And that’s the priority list! Not to mention the number of Jurassic critters known, though I think I’ll steer clear of the ones with only fragmentary remains. There’s not enough information to go by aside from a generic relation to a particular genus.


                1. Here’s the priority list of 20! The first 9 have already appeared in sketchy form on my Instagram, but not in order.

                  – Hoplosuchus
                  – Gargoyleosaurus
                  – Othnielosaurus
                  – Guanlong
                  – Hybodus
                  – Europasaurus
                  – Fruitadens
                  – Cryolophosaurus
                  – Kentrosaurus
                  – Monolophosaurus
                  – Piranhamesodon
                  – Torvosaurus
                  – Metriorhynchus
                  – Bellusaurus
                  – Dashanpusaurus
                  – Lourinhasaurus
                  – Tehuelchesaurus
                  – Muraenosaurus
                  – Cryptoclidus
                  – Liopleurodon


                    1. Do you have names for all of them? This excludes Pearl the Othnielosaurus, Kali the Kentrosaurus, Monica the Monolophosaurus, Tanner the Torvosaurus, Murray the Muraenosaurus, Clyde the Cryptoclidus, and Lionel the Liopleurodon.


                    2. I choose names when I’m finished drawing them. The expression, color, and overall personality of the character influences the name a lot, as well as what my kids might name them. πŸ™‚


                    3. I’m afraid that Lexovisaurus has very few remains. There are so many other more well known stegosaurs I would like to draw that this one would be pretty low on the priority list. Megalosaurus is another problematic animal for the same reason, but because of its history in paleontology I will definitely be doing research on what is known about it to try and reconstruct it. πŸ™‚


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    1. Hi! I’ve taken the liberty of editing your name a little, since I strive to make this a kid-friendly site.

      Thank you for your question, I’ll try to answer it as best I can. πŸ™‚

      When I write, I find it’s best to just sit down, set a timer, and write.

      Easier said than done, I know. But I find that doing special stuff to “clear the mind” or “get in the groove”, is really just procrastination.

      The easiest way to get rid of the slurry of thoughts, especially the inner critic, is just to write.

      Don’t edit, don’t think about that typo, just get words on the page until your time is up.

      Once you have words, then you can change them. Until then, just keep in mind what you’re trying to say and make your fingers move.

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