'Candy and the Cankersaur' by children's book author Jason Sandberg is the tale of a girl named Candy who gets the best present ever: a Cankersaurous Rex. Training her new pet proves to be a bit of a challenge. Can Candy teach a dinosaur how to behave?
Candy and her friend's rich parents don't have a lot of time to spend with them, so they buy the kids toys instead. 'Candy and the Cankersaur' is a tale of childhood imagination, play and fun with a new pet. As hard as training her Cankersaurous Rex can be, Candy has a lot more fun and is a lot less lonely once she has the dinosaur. Despite the fact that her pet is a dinosaur, any child who has had a pet like a dog or cat could easily relate to and enjoy this story.
The book is described as a "playful homage to Syd Hoff" and is suited for independent readers aged 6-9. As a bedtime story, it would be very fun for younger readers aged 3-6. Some of the words and sentences are fairly challenging, and as a learning tool it would be a good book for a parent and child to sit down and read together. Though the book is fun, it also opens the door for kids and parents to talk about issues like being jealous of your friends' toys or feeling like Mom or Dad don't spend enough time with you.
It also provides opportunities for children to learn new words. For instance, it uses teaching moments where two or more adjectives that mean the same thing are strung together, such as, "an amazing, fantastic, and spectacular pet" (page 7). The art and illustrations are charming and engaging as well.
'Candy and the Cankersaur' is an ebook, available on Amazon, iTunes, Nook, and Kobo. It would have to be read to a child from a tablet, Kindle, Nook, laptop, or other device. This might make it more difficult to access, but on the other hand, many children use such technology already to play games and watch movies. As long as the parent is supervising and helping the child, the ebook format should not be a problem. It may even encourage more parent-child interaction when the child is reading.
'Candy and the Cankersaur' is a sweet story that kids will enjoy and learn from.