Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Cave Monster by Thomas Weck & Peter Weck...Review & Giveaway!

My boys, A&W are super fans of the children's authors Thomas Weck and Peter Weck.  They first became hooked on The Megasaurus and then How Back-Back Got His Name and both titles are bedtime staples.  When The Cave Monster was coming out and I received an early review copy I became the coolest mom "evah (hey, we ARE Mainers!)".  Here is the scoop on what I read the boys at bedtime tonight (and last night....and the night before that...and that...and that....)....

Oh no! L. Joe Bean, Lima Bear's cousin, has been captured by the Cave Monster. Lima Bear and his friends must enter the Black Cave to try to save L. Joe Bean.

Venturing into a new place, especially if it is potentially scary--like a dark basement or somewhere unknown--is not something most children would choose to do, and certainly not alone. That is the situation the animal friends face in The Cave Monster.

All 4-8 year olds will love following along as Whistle-Toe (the rabbit), Maskamal (the raccoon), Back-Back (the opossum), and Lima Bear (a tiny bean-shaped bear) come up with a plan to save Lima Bear's cousin. Bringing along the thing each one thinks might be the most useful--a tiny sword, a rustic bow & arrow, a red flag and a canteen of water--the band of friends tentatively approaches the scary cave.

Will their ideas go according to plan? Will they get to L. Joe Bean in time? Will they save themselves?

The take-away message of this book is friends, individually afraid, find courage when acting together.




I have done reviews for both The Megasaurus and How Back-Back Got His Name and both times I was dubious about the story lines....bear beans and animals losing their backs just seemed SO out there to me.  Both times I was so far off the mark on my gut instinct.  Thomas and Peter Weck KNOW what kids like and what they relate to.  This time when I got my hands on The Cave Monster I did not bat an eye at the little bean bear cousins and a scary monster being overtaken by animals with questionable weapons.  I knew the kids would love it and they did.  It was just scary enough to get them excited (without being so scary they were too scared to sleep!) about the book and the animals in the stories are now familiar heroes to them.  Seeing the animals work together helps drive home the message we as parents are always trying to portray to our kiddos...teamwork is the way to go.  As with all the books in the Lima Bear series, the last pages are dedicated to "Extend the Learning" and "Activities" pages which allow you to take the book to other levels with thought provoking questions and help with vocabulary.

Thomas Weck and Peter Weck know what children like.  They also have a way of portraying important life lessons through child friendly characters.  The Cave Monster is a new favorite and the Lima Bear series as a whole is one I highly recommend.  We are already anxiously awaiting book number four!  You can pick up The Cave Monster today on Amazon...

I am so pleased to tell you that TWO lucky RBM readers will win a copy of The Cave Monster.  Thank you so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter...


40 comments:

Hifam said...

I learned that Peter Weck is CEO of a of StoryJumper, a web based company that enables anyone to create and illustrate children’s stories. Sounds like a great idea!

Hifam said...

I found this with google reader. :)

Mommyof3 said...

The illustrations for all 3 of their books are really nice and appelaing for young adult readers. My little boy would love a new book!!

Mommyof3 said...

I found your blog today from another blogger site..not sure which one..sorry
but thakyou for your networking on others now I can read your reviews, tips and enter some quality giveaways

Heather said...

Visited website, and I learned that the illustrator currently teaches art illustration and animation at the Art Center Design College in Tucson, Arizona.
hschonrock at yahood dot com

Amy W. said...

I learned that Thomas Weck has traveled extensivley and taught children in the peace corps. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

Amy W. said...

I found this giveaway just by visiting your blog. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

Marissa, Brianna, Benny, & Tara said...

The author has taught children in the Peace Corp.- Tara Berke Torres taraducktyl at comcast dot net

Pam L. said...

The Lima Bear Stories are a 10 part series

pamiam04468atyahoodotcom

Pam L. said...

pamiam04468atyahoodotcom

I found this giveaway from reading your blog

Gina said...

Learned Peter Weck is CEO of StoryJumper, a web based company that enables anyone to create and illustrate children’s stories

Gina said...

Found via email updates

Me said...

the author was in the peace corp

Me said...

found through my subscription via GFC

jenzen69 said...

the illustrator is also an animator for award winning computer games
jenzen69atyahoodotcom

jenzen69 said...

sent from tight wad in utah
jenzen69atyahoodotcom

Anonymous said...

I learned that some of the stories came from Peter Weck's own father.

Danelle
danellejohns at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I am a email subscriber, so that is how I learned of the giveaway.

Danelle
danellejohns at gmail dot com

Raven In A Blue Room said...

Thomas Weck is a creative and captivating national award-winning author of children’s books. He has traveled extensively in the U.S. and in foreign countries including teaching children through the Peace Corps.

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

Raven In A Blue Room said...

found the giveaway in your email

pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

Patty White said...

Thomas Weck taught children through the Peace Corps.

patty432@live.com

Patty White said...

I found you through Tight Wad in Utah!
patty432@live.com

Jolly said...

i learned that his is about teamwork too!

Jolly said...

found u via mompact

Crib Couture said...

I learned he taught children through the Peace Corps. cribcouture@yahoo.com

Crib Couture said...

Found you through Tightwad in Utah.
cribcouture@yahoo.com

Nikki Cole said...

Peter’s goal is to help children foster a love for creating, reading, and listening to stories

Nicole22654@yahoo.com

corey1971 said...

Tom was a teacher in the Peace Corps (which makes him a GREAT guy in my book, just like when a person served in the military, both are great services to our country and world).

olomon@hotmail.com

Megan said...

I learned that Thomas taught in the peace corps
mearley1979 at gmail dot com

Megan said...

I found this in my google reader
mearley1979 at gmail dot com

Jessi said...

The illustrator is also an animator.

mamasgotflair at gmail dot com

Jessi said...

The illustrator is also an animator.

Jessi said...

I found this giveaway on Tightwad in Utah.

mamasgotflair at gmail dot com

Dana said...

Thomas Weck taught children in the peace corps dmatthews38751@yahoo.com

Dana said...

Found your site and giveaway via Tight Wad in Utah. dmatthews38751@yahoo.com

Diana said...

The author is also an illustrator
hrddiana556@gmail.com

Madeline said...

I learned that Thomas Weck taught children in the peace corps

jonesmadelinee@yahoo.com

Jessica said...

I learned that the illustrator teaches at the art design center in tucson, arizona which isn't too far from me

Belinda said...

I learned that Peter Weck is the CEO of StoryJumper

Belinda said...

I found this giveaway through Tightwadinutah.com's low entry giveaway list