Jul 11, 2013

Book Review: Candy and the Cankersaur by Jason Sandberg

"This is a Cankersaurus Rex," her father said. My golfing buddy is a Paleontologist. I had it shipped to America from the Island that Time Forgot." (page 9)

 I love that quote about the dinosaur from the Island that Time Forgot.  I don't normally review children's books, but the author made a gentle suggestion about variety on my blog, and now I think I have been missing out by not including children's books before.

This is a story of a young girl named Candy who gets an unusual gift from her busy dad - a dinosaur or a Cankersaurus Rex. She trains her dinosaur to be a good pet while her next door neighbor, a young boy, tries to get a dinosaur of his own to rival hers.

The illustrations: Lively and cheerful colors in shades of yellow, green, red, and pink make this an eye catching picture book. I imagine children ages three or older would have loved hearing this imaginative story and looking at the lively illustrations. The book is not scary as Cankersaurus Rex is not at all frightening. For adults, the name Cankersaurus might be a strange pun, but young children would probably be delighted with the sounds of the word.

Title: Candy and the Cankersaur, written and illustrated by Jason Sandberg
Published June 18, 2012
Genre: children's picture ebook, ages 3-9

The author-illustrator, Jason Sandberg:

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

Find out more about Jason's published and exhibited art and his children's books at www.jasonsandberg.com/

Thanks to the author for a review copy of this e-book.


  1. How I would have loved to have this picture book between ages 3 and 9!

  2. Aww, I love that the author convinced you to read his book! I enjoy reading kids books with Gage.

  3. This sounds like a cute, fun book to read for mothers with kids to entertain. I have also found an amazing “Bella’s Ball ebook “ !! While I am just searching about Children’s Books. I found Bella’s Ball to be such a cute read, Bella’s Ball is an inspiring tale of one beautiful and magnificent butterfly named Bella. When the time arrives for the Flutterfly Ball, Bella’s friends encourage her to enter the fluttering contest. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks Bella is flutter material, including Bella herself. Can she find the courage she needs to enter the ball? I think a lot of little girls would love it!


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