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Candy and the Cankersaur by Jason Sandberg

Candy and the  CankersaurOverview: Candy’s father brings her lots of cool toys from all over the world, but he rarely spends time with her. To make his daughter feel less lonely, he buys her a Cankersaurus Rex, which she names Cank. Candy spends lots of time playing and training with Cank, but her next door neighbor becomes jealous and steals Cank. Will Cank and Candy ever be together again?

I was asked to review Candy and the Cankersaur by the author, Jason Sandberg, and I have to say it’s a great child’s ebook. For one, the colors are amazing, for the lack of better words. They’re very complimentary, and I love the repeating purple and yellow scheme. The scenes just pop out and they’re very vibrant, which will definitely hold the attention of a child. Even though it’s drawn in a cartoon style, the objects also have textures, and so it doesn’t look like a flat picture. There’s definitely substance on every page.

The writing is a bit different from other children’s books, and I mean that in a good way. Instead of just simple sentences, the author uses complex constructions, which are great for introducing a child to a wide variety of language skills. He also uses not so common children’s words, like sulk and devoured, but that’s a great way for a child to expand his or her vocabulary. I think this would be a great book for parents and children to read together.

The story itself is rather complex. It’s not just one straight line, but rather a story that has a plot and character development. It’s interesting how there are parent-child relationships, friend relationships, and pet-ownership relationships that all develop within about 28 pages. If you’re looking for an ebook for your child, I highly suggest this one. Besides, it has a dinosaur. What’s better than that?

On a side note: Perhaps this is me being too picky, but it’s a bit depressing that the dinosaur, Cank, only has one facial expression. When it says that he’s frightened, the dinosaur still looks happy. However, the people characters display emotions well.

For more information, check out the ebook’s webpage: Candy and the Cankersaur.

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Out From Boneville, Bones vol. 1 by Jeff Smith

Out From Boneville, Bones vol. 1 by Jeff SmithOverview:After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert.

One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures…

Humor, mystery, and adventure are spun together in this action-packed, side-splitting saga. Everyone who has ever left home for the first time only to find that the world outside is strange and overwhelming will love Bone.

My thoughts: The first time I read this, I fell in love with it. Rereading it, I notice that a good bit of humor comes from older shows like Looney Tunes, so I believe older people who grew up with Looney Tunes will love this series. The panels are very easy to follow and are mostly arranged in six simple panels. This first volume opens up a gigantic mystery with many different intersecting stories. So far, I think the author has done a great job mixing the stories. The stories flawlessly flow into each other. Phoney’s story seems predictable as of right now, but I’m hoping there’s a twist in it; hopefully, it’s more than just his deals gone bad like usual.

I really enjoy the facial expressions on the characters. They have great details, especially compared to other comics I’ve read. The art has really bright colors, and it’s very enjoyable. Maybe this is only my version, but I’ve found the tones have smeared on the pages. The words are still readable, but it bothers me that the tones aren’t crisp. The copy is a few years old so maybe the smearing is due to old age.

My favorite characters right now are the rat creatures. The things they say and their clumsy personalities make scenes extremely hilarious. My favorite line is, “No. You called me fat.” I’m pretty sure I’ll reread the second one again soon.

Some words are a bit above a child’s reading level. However, I recommend this for everyone in middle school and above. I really think people who enjoyed Looney Tunes will really enjoy this series.

I borrowed this book from my younger sister. She probably bought it for $10 from Books-A-Million or Barnes&Nobles.

Chi’s Sweet Home, Vol. 1

  Overview: Chi is a michievous newborn kitten who, while on a leisurely stroll with her family, finds herself lost. Seperated from the warmth and protection of her mother, feels distraught. Overcome with loneliness she breaks into tears in a large urban park meadow., when she is suddenly rescued by a young boy named Yohei and his mother. The kitty is then quickly and quietly whisked away into the warm and inviting Yamada family apartment…where pets are strictly not permitted.

My thoughts: Even though the series is labelled as a manga and found in the manga section, it’s drawn in newspaper style, but the storyline flows like a manga. It’s really funny with most of the story in the kitten’s perspective. The mangaka does a great job of exploring the thoughts and ideas of an animal. Although it seems a bit sad at first, the story quickly turns happy again when Chi becomes attached to her human family. The kitten and the son are shown growing along side each other, both learning the proper place to deposit their bodily waste. I recommend this to everyone, pet lovers and haters alike. It’s a very enjoyable story.

I bought this volume for about $12 at Books-a-Million with a member’s card discount. It’s a bit expensive for a short manga, but it’s worth it.