Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Megasaurus by Thomas Weck and Peter Weck...Review & Giveaway!

A&W have a new favorite book in their bedtime story pile...The Megasaurs by Thomas Weck and Peter Weck.  Here is a synopsis of what we are reading these days...


What's the King of Beandom to do? The tiny, multi-colored bean-shaped bears of Beandom are under attack by a monster. Even the King's wisest advisors seem unable find a solution. Who will save Beandom? Can an ordinary tiny bear step forward with a plan that works? Welcome to Beandom! It's a great place to visit. Or, it will be just as soon as we get rid of that pesky monster! The message of the story is: Follow your convictions even when others think differently. In the series entitled The Lima Bear Stories, as the basic characters appear and reappear, each has a distinct personality that shines through in every story. While the children have no idea what twists and turns the story may take, they come to know the characters and have a pretty good idea of how they are likely to act in different situations and settings. In essence, the children become friends with the characters. There is a form of bonding that develops. Each story carries an important overriding message (such as courage, tolerance, honesty), and we believe that this bonding creates a more profound understanding and appreciation of the message. 

When I first started the book I was a little apprehensive...bean shaped bears?  Were these characters the boys could relate to?  Well, since A&W ask for this book nearly every single day I would say yes, they can relate!  A&W find this book thrilling.  The Megasaurus is frightening enough to keep the boys interested (but not so much to keep them up all night!) and the attempts of ridding Beandom from the beast are exciting for them.   As a parent, I like the bigger message of thinking outside the box and staying true to yourself.  When the main character L. Joe Bean disagrees with the elders (three wise owls) about how best to be rid of the beast he is met with the refrain:  "Silence now you silly bean!  You know nothing it would seem."  Of course the persistent hero L. Joe Bean wins out in the end (hooray for the little red pinto bean!) and ends on a happy note.  The illustrations go well with the story and are very detailed.  The end of the book also contains two pages of ways to "extend the learning" with questions you can ask your child, vocabulary and crafts.  Love that extra part!  This book is recommended for children aged 4-8 and I think this range is perfect.


A&W adore this book and we can't wait to get our hands on the latest installment so we can check in our friends in Beandom.  Thumbs Up!  You can pick up your copy today on Amazon...


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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I was provided with the above mentioned book  for purpose of review.  The opinions in this post are entirely my own. Your experience may differ from mine. This post has not been reviewed or edited by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The sponsor of this giveaway is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping the winner(s) their prize.

87 comments:

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