Thursday, January 31, 2013

January "Out of the Owl's Nest" Review

"Out of the Owl's Nest" is a monthly spotlight review centered on a book that I normally wouldn't read, in other words it is anything not typically supernatural/romance/fantasy YA. This month's spotlight review is:
ebooks, e-books, children's books, picture books
Title: Candy and the Cankersaur
Author: Jason Sandberg
Format Acquired: ARC from author for an honest review
Publication Date: June 18, 2012
Publishing House: Jason Sandberg
IBSN: 9780615655796

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! Enjoy! 
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.

I have never reviewed a children's book, so this is very new for me! I used to love reading children's books when I was a kid and I used to fall in love with the pictures. This book is no different. The illustrations are very eye-catching and if I was still a kid I would definitely enjoy looking at them while being read the story. This is one of those books that might just be a childhood favorite. I would read it to those kids I babysit, that's for sure.

The story itself was very cute and it also had dinosaurs, which is always a plus. I mean what kid doesn't like dinosaurs? If you're a parent looking for an inexpensive read for your child I would recommend Candy and the Cankersaur. It was just too adorable! A must read for pre schoolers and children a like.  

About the Author:
Jason Sandberg, born in Minneapolis in 1971, discovered the artwork of Jacob Kurtzburg in 1977 and soon acquired a love of drawing. He received a Scholastic Art Award before studying History and Studio Arts at the University of Minnesota from 1989 to 1993. Sandberg has had several exhibits in Minnesota and his drawings and paintings were published in various national indy art magazines throughout the 1990s. PREVIEWS magazine described his Pop Art as "base alternative art on mescaline." Critic and historian Scott McCloud classified his art as "uncategorizable," and Alternative Press Review described him as a talented artist who defies expectations.


Oana Matei said...

My brother loves dinosaurs. He's got an entire collection of toys and books about them. Now he's a bit too old for this book and he prefers to watch documentaries. :)
Nice review! I still love childrens' books.

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