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