Monday, July 22, 2013

Children's Book: Candy and the Cankersaur by Jason Sandberg

Title: Candy and the Cankersaur
Author: Jason Sandberg
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Released: June 18, 2012

Book Summary: 
This is the sweet and funny tale of a young girl named Candy and her Cankersaurus Rex! Candy receives a dinosaur as a gift and is determined
to train him to be a good pet. This playful homage to Syd Hoff will make all dinosaur-crazy boys and girls happy!

As a bedtime story Picture Book it’s aimed for children ages 3-6.
As a read-alone Picture Book it’s appropriate for children ages 6-9.
My Thoughts: This was a cute children's book that was a quick read. It told a story about friendship, jealousy, and how materialism doesn't buy happiness.
I liked how the story portrayed its themes. Candy was a rich girl who got everything she wanted but she was not spoiled. She only wanted her father's company but was rewarded instead with a pet to keep her company. Candy's neighbor Chucky was jealous of all the things Candy received and begged his parents to get better items in order to get Candy's attention. Chucky started off as being the bad guy but turned good towards the end when he realized the importance of friendship.
The best thing about this book was its illustrations. They were very vibrant and cheerful. I greatly enjoyed the different lines that were used to portray the texture of the items. Also, the pictures did a wonderful job in aiding what was going on with the story, especially with the big words that younger children did not understand. The illustrations were my favorite.
To get the full feel of this book, I shared it with two of my younger students that I tutor. One was a seven-year-old girl and the other was an eight-year-old boy. They tried to read the book by themselves but I did notice that they struggled with a few of the words. This did not stop them from enjoying it though. They really liked the idea of having a dinosaur as a pet and their favorite thing about the book was the illustrations. Both students gave the book thumbs up.
Overall, this was a cute children's book. I enjoyed reading it and my students liked it as well. I rate it:
 You can buy this book at Amazon.

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