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THE MEGASAURUS

Author: Thomas Weck and Peter Weck

Illustrator: Lee DiSalvo

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Publisher: Lima Bear Press, LLC,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Everyone in Beandom lives in fear. The Megasaurus is hungry and if they don't feed him Megasaurs will eat them. There are three Wise Owls in the kingdom, and each offers his best advice to King Limalot ... only to be eaten by Megasaurus. With each proposal, L. Joe Bean tried to tell the king the plan would work. Now, with the owls gone, maybe King Limalot would listen to him. How can the Beandom be rid of Megasaurus? This is a fairy-tale like story with messages for readers and listeners of all ages.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Age of Child: Read with and by a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter was sad to see Megasaurus go. In her version, L. Joe Bean helped Megasaurus learn to be nicer. She liked pointing to the various activities on the page not covered directly in the story.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a well illustrated, fairly predictable story. Like my daughter, I anticipated a different ending. I thought L. Joe Bean's plan for Megasaurus to "see himself" was brilliant and feel that he missed an opportunity to teach kids to look in the mirror. One of the things I particularly liked was how the owls' dialogue was in a different color. My daughter instantly started reading those as though they were a script. The author / publisher put a lot of work into creating excellent, meaningful,and relevant bonus material.

Pros: There are several different bullying scenarios in the book that are complemented by creative problem solving. The illustrations are great and the story opens the door for discussions with kids.

Cons: I am disappointed in the message that you just scare meanness away.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a book with a valuable lesson, and one with lots of bonus material in the back.

If You Liked This Book, Try: SNORE, DINOSAUR, SNORE!   THE KNIGHT AND THE DRAGON   INTERRUPTING CHICKEN

Educational Themes: There are a number of themes and ways to enjoy the book. The authors have an EXCELLENT selection of activities related to the story that push it beyond language arts to math and social studies.

Notes: The publicist representing the author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub® for review consideration because we provide an independent, unbiased profiles. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, life lessons, picture book series, dinosaurs, problem solving

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2011

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