Thursday, February 07, 2013

Book Review-Candy and the Cankersaur

I was born a bookworm, I swear!  When I was just around five years old, I was totally in love with beautifully-illustrated books.  That was at a time when children’s books are expensive (and local newsprint books just don’t appeal to the little me), so I hang out at my older cousin’s room where she has this bookshelf full of wonderful books sent by her father who works overseas.  Eventually, my cousin, Ate Didi, grew up and got tired of them (she was six years older than I) and decided to give me those books.  I still have those books (which included the Danny and the Dinosaur series which I loved!) to this day and my kids read them, too, even if they do have that funky old book smell.

I don’t have children’s e-books on my Kindle yet (and they would probably not look good in black and white anyway), but I did get a review PDF copy of “Candy and the Cankersaur” by Jason Sandberg.

I was floored by the illustrations in "Candy and the Cankersaur"!  I have a fixation for old children’s books, and the illustration brought me back to my five-year old self, looking longingly at my cousin’s books and wishing they were mine. 

I loved the story as well, since it is all about a cool, strong-willed girl who got a dinosaur (she could be a future Charlie’s Angels who can kick b*tt, lol).  She loved and trained the dino, even if it could bite her.  Issues like the dad who has no time for Candy, jealousy, and being responsible for your mistakes  are also taken up in the story.

My two-year old niece loved the book, especially the dinosaur.  At this age, the story doesn’t really matter.  The beautifully-illustrated dino does.  This is the book she always asks me to read to her whenever she comes over.  I think the book is a sort of a babysitter, too, because she can stare at the dino and go over the book for hours (well, not hours, but she does take time being all quiet and concentrated when she looks at the book.)

About the Author:

Jason Sandberg is a Fine Artist who wants to produce the missing books from his childhood, the books he wished he’d had.  His debut eBook “Candy and the Cankersaur” is a playful homage to Syd Hoff.  He has had several exhibits in Minnesota and his drawings and paintings were published in various national indy art magazines in the 1990s.  He specializes in acrylic painting.

I do hope the author would also come up with a wonderfully-illustrated book which stars a boy. My son is addicted to super-heroes and would not even look at Candy J

Candy and the Cankersaur is available at for $1.99 and at iTunes, Kobo and Nook. 


  1. Wonderful review... When my kids were little, I looked forward to finding and sharing well illustrated books with the, Good job! :-)
    BTW, I forgot to add my blog to this week's list, a visit would be appreciated.

  2. Hi, Eliz! I always visit your blog, even if you forgot to get it on the week's lis ;). Its positivity is contagious, and I find myself looking and browsing over it when I feel down :)

  3. You have a great imagination and intricate words that you use Marie. You should try writing a book. :-)

  4. My child loves to read, currently on the next 4 books of Captain Underpants...pretty silly books.

    She rather read paperback than her Nook. Thats a good sign right? lol.

    Thanks for the review...might check it out:).


  5. I'm looking forward to checking it out. Thanks for telling us about it! Reia from

  6. Sounds like a really good book for little girls. I grew up loving books too. We didn't keep them though, except for this special one that was a gift to me by my parents when I was just starting to read. Sadly, nabasa sya nung Ondoy and along with many other children's books I had collected for my nephew, we couldn't save them anymore. :(