Thursday, October 3, 2013

**Review ~ Candy and the Cankersaur ~ Jason Sandberg**


Candy and the Cankersaur
Candy and the Cankersaur
by Jason Sandberg
Release Date: June 17, 2012
Genre: Picture Book

Source: I received a digital copy of the book, from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis
This is the sweet and funny tale of a young girl named Candy and a Cankersaurus Rex! Candy receives a dinosaur as a gift and is determined to train him to be a good pet.






I've never reviewed a children's picture book on my blog before. I don't know why - it's not like I don't read them. ;) But shhh, don't tell my kids. LOL I chose to review this one because it's an homage to Syd Hoff's Danny and the Dinosaur which is a book I enjoyed reading with my son.

Candy and the Cankersaur is such a sweet read. It's perfect for young children as the illustrations are wonderful. And it's a great read-a-loud with children a bit older as it offers some important lessons.

Candy is a young girl who has everything a little girl could want. And yet, she really wants time with her dad. Instead, her dad gives her a dinosaur. Cankersaurus Rex, or Cank, was quite a surprise. Candy then sets out to teach Cank how to be the best pet. Chucky, Candy's neighbor, is so envious of Candy's new pet. He's so envious that he behaves in a very unfriendly way.

Sandberg does a great job developing Candy's and Chucky's characters in a short amount of time. And Cank, the dinosaur, is so darn cute in his lessons in becoming the best pet. Sandberg's illustrations are wonderful and definitely reminiscent of Hoff's books.

With lessons on what makes a good friend, and that 'things' aren't what's most important, Candy and the Cankersaur is a really fun book.







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I'm a Fine Artist who also wants to produce the "missing books" from my childhood, the books I wished I'd had.



7 comments:

  1. This is a fantastic children's book review. I've written a few and now I want to go back and do a better job. The story sounds great. I love the layers, the dad and daughter relationship, the training her pet, the jealous neighbor kid. And I really like the author's reason for creating children's books. I imagine your kids know you read kid books. When John outgrows picture books I'm still going to read them, which I never thought I'd say. I hope you have a great end of the week!

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    1. Thanks, Robyn! It is a really cute book. But I'm sure your children's books are incredible! I think I read picture books even before I had kids. ;) I hope your weekend is going well.

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  2. A sweet read with good messages sounds great to me

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  3. I flip through picture books every time I go to the bookstore. My favorite are the pop up ones. This looks cute and a great teaching story.

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    1. It is, Braine! And I love pop up books too!

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  4. I, too, enjoyed this book, I read and reviewed it sometime back in July. While visiting my great-grandchildren in July, we shared the book and they enjoyed it also. Your review was really good. I am now your new follower. What a cute blog you have here.

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