The Megasaurus

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?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:

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


Little Kid 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.

Parent 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.

Type of Book:
This is a fairy-tale like story with messages for readers and listeners of all ages.
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.

Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 9
Age of child:
Read with and by a 9-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a book with a valuable lesson, and one with lots of bonus material in the back.

Title The Megasaurus
Author Thomas Weck, Peter Weck
Publisher Lima Bear Press © 2011
Illustrators Len DiSalvo
ISBN 9781933872124
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.95
Genres Animal Character, Problem Solving, Life Lessons, Dinosaurs
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