By Sylvia Cochran – Parenting by the Book

 

Book Review of “The Megasaurus” by Thomas and Peter Weck

 

The Megasaurus

Thomas Weck, Peter Weck

Lima Bear Press

Published May 2011

ISBN 978-1-933872-12-4

Age Range: 4 to 12

The Megasaurus” is the first book in a series that will introduce readers to the magical kingdom of Beandom. Inhabitants look like a mix of beans and teddy bears. Their goals are as simple and straight forward as the goals of their readers: live a happy life and play.

Unfortunately, a dinosaur-like villain wants to eat the Beandom-ites. The king of Beandom relies on his wise advisors to accomplish peace with tribute, brute force or isolation. When none of these solutions pan out, one ordinary citizen steps up to the plate; he devises an intricate ruse to get the villain to leave of its own volition.

Can “The Megasaurus” deliver to a pint-sized audience? While the age range of 12 years might be a bit optimistic, I do believe that preschoolers and younger elementary school-aged children will indeed treasure the book. The monster is just scary enough to ensure a rapt audience, but not so scary as to put the more tender-hearted kids off the read.

The lesson is a good one: even an ordinary person can come up with a great solution — without having the trappings of an office. By extension, a person with much education should not suffer from the type of pride that hinders him from listening to others.

I specifically liked the suggestions for audience involvement at the end of the book. There is a craft idea, game ideas and also conversation starters. All the way around, “The Megasaurus” is a very nice read that kids will request to have read to them time and again. Parents, make sure to use different voices for the monster and the wise owls! Who knows, the youngsters might get into the act and impersonate one of the characters as well…

 

 

Sylvia Cochran

Sylvia is a seasoned freelance writer, born and raised in Germany. Having been exposed to a variety of religions and traditions due to travel and study, Sylvia has been a student of the Bible for more than ten years, and has for the last four years taught in small groups about Biblical principles, practical Christianity, Christian parenting, as well as the spiritual use of money. Sylvia also provides Free Online Christian Parenting Courses at Suite 101
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