As children my boys loved dinosaurs, so I decorated their room using dinosaur wallpaper, baked and decorated dinosaur cakes for their birthdays, read dinosaur-themed books nightly, and played dinosaur games with them.
Although dinosaurs ceased to roam the earth long ago, they still romp through the imaginations of children, whose natural inquisitiveness and desire to learn know no such extinction. It's in this vein that graphic artist and author Jason Sandberg introduces Candy and the Cankersaur (Kindle $1.99) a visually stunning ebook sure to appeal to the dinosaur-lover in most children and in many parents and teachers, too.
To "solve" his and Candy's problem, Candy's father decides she needs an exotic pet, one no other child has. That's how Candy and Cank get together. As with any good story, there's a conflict. In Candy and the Cankersaur, jealousy rears it's ugly green head, and something must be done when another child's covetousness threaten Candy's and Cank's bond.
Sandberg describes himself as
a Fine Artist who also wants to produce the ‘missing books’ from my childhood, the books I wished I’d had.
While Candy's story will appeal to both boys and girls, it's themes will signal to parents the importance of
- spending time with their children rather than worrying so much about the toys in the toy box,
- teaching children that there are times when the hard and fast rules must be broken, especially when they threaten someone's safety,
- admitting a mistake and making amends leads to stronger friendships and relationships, and
- sharing and generosity are among the most admirable traits we can foster in our children.