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Candy and the Cankersaur

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This is the sweet and funny tale of a young girl named Candy and a Cankersaurus Rex! Candy receives a dinosaur as a gift and is determined to train him to be a good pet.
ebook, 32 pages
Published June 17th 2012 by Jason Sandberg eBooks (first published June 12th 2012)
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Michele at A Belle's Tales
The author is giving away 10 copies of this wonderful book! You can see the full review and enter the giveaway at A Belle's Tales.

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It’s been a while since we read a picture book, but Candy and the Cankersaur was so cute we just couldn’t resist! Candace Courtney Wellesly Wellington, Candy for short, has always shared her toys with all the kids in her neighborhood, and she has lots to share. Her father always buys her the latest and greatest toys, and the latest – and definitely the greatest – is
Wanda Hartzenberg
Sep 03, 2013 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Candy and the Cankersaur
By Jason Sandberg

This is a fun story for children between the ages of 3 and 9. Since I adore all children stories I called in the help of a professional. A friend and the mother of an 8 year old and asked her to tell me why this would or would not work.

Her reply; her daughter would love it. She would be able to read along and by herself at the age of 8. The pictures is colorful enough to keep her attention and here is something I never thought of -- her daughter loves a p
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
This book reminded me a lot of Clifford the Big Red dog. Except Clifford is Cank the dinosaur. Even the art style is very similar. It’s a cute little story. I wish it focused more on Candy and her father though. I would have liked to see more of their relationship. Perfect as a bedtime story for your little ones.
Jul 13, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Reviewed at Brunner's Bookshelf

I'll be honest for a moment. My blog isn't all that popular and I get that, but I have fun doing that and that's all that matters to me. I use my blog to seek out advanced reader copies of books so I can feed my addiction for good books. This is one of the few books that I have been sought out to read by an author. I don't have much time to sit down and read these days because work keeps me busy when I'm there and my kids and wife get my attention when I'm home. I
Carole Rae
Mar 11, 2015 Carole Rae rated it really liked it
Even though I do not have children, I loved children's books! I always like finding ones that my friends' kids would like. It always exciting when a publisher/author ask me to review these kid books! It takes me right back to my childhood and reminds me of all the little kid books I read!

This was a quick read, of course, but it was cute. Even though I am scared of dinosaurs, this dino seems cool to me. I would have loved to have him as pet!

Gah. Chucky needed a grounding! What a snotball. At le
Sep 15, 2013 Ethan rated it really liked it
I'll preface this review by saying that I don't really read children's books. I'm a single guy, in my twenties, and have no real reason to pick up a children's book. As part of my blog, I receive various requests to review books, many of which I simply don't have time to read and review. When I was contacted about reading Candy and the Cankersaur by author Jason Sandberg, I figured I would at least be able to read the book quickly. And so I agreed, read the book in a few minutes, and my review ...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Candace Courtney Wellesley Wellington, who everyone calls Candy, lives in a really big house with her Father. He never has any time to play with her, so he always gets her the best, most unique presents. This time he has gotten Candy the last known dinosaur, a cankersaur to be precise, as her playmate! Now if only she could train Cank not to bite! Candy's neighbor Chucky is very competitive though and when he can't get a dinosaur of his own, Chucky gives Cank to the circus. When he sees how sad ...more
Aug 24, 2013 Jenna rated it really liked it
I adored this book! It was quite cute and fun to read. Candy is a sweet little character that hints at having a Daddy that works just too much. Soon, Cank enters her life and she has fun teaching new tricks to her dino pal. Too bad her neighbor, Chucky, isn't kind and sabotages Candy and Cank's happiness!
Sandberg did a good job developing Candy and Chucky in a short amount of time. He laid the foundation for trouble right away. He also planted the seeds to discuss busy parents by introducing Can
Esther Bernstein
Aug 15, 2013 Esther Bernstein rated it really liked it
Full review on Reader's Dialogue:

This is a really smart, funny book. There are many little details that made me laugh and which will make kids laugh - like the way Chucky tries to get rid of Cank but runs up against adult pragmatic views that dinosaurs don't exist, to the point that a policeman staring Cank in the face calls him a large salamander! Kids will enjoy the way Candy tries to train Cank, with her First Rule of no biting eventually playing an im
Apr 04, 2015 Kenzie added it
The author is giving away 10 copies of this wonderful book! You can see the full review and enter the giveaway at A Belle's Tales.

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It’s been a while since we read a picture book, but Candy and the Cankersaur was so cute we just couldn’t resist! Candace Courtney Wellesly Wellington, Candy for short, has always shared her toys with all the kids in her neighborhood, and she has lots to share. Her father always buys her the latest and greatest toys, and the latest – and definitely the greatest – is
Mar 27, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
I don't want to give spoilers about this fantastic book, so I will limit my details. That being said...this book is absolutely AMAZING!!! There is absolutely nothing to not like in this great book. This is one of those kids books that is fun to read, great fun to listen to when being read, has a great moral/value in the story that kids can take out of it, and is absolutely eye stimulating with all the fantastic pictures that are not only drawn to be fun to look at, but are very bright and ...more
***I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

This review was first posted on Melissa's Midnight Musings (That post also has a giveway sponsored by the author, ending April 28th 2015)

I don't often read children's books, but I'm glad to have read this one.
Just as the synopsis says, this is a sweet story. Candy is a little girl who's father is a busy man. He buys Candy lots of toys, but he knows that her toys don't make her happy, so he buys her a dinosaur
May 15, 2015 Melanie rated it it was amazing
This is a short, fun read about a young girl, Candy, with a wealthy father who wants her to have an amazing, spectacular and fantastic pet for companionship so he buys her a Cankersaurus Rex. Candy is determined to train him to be a good pet. Her neighbor, Chucky, likes to get her attention by competing with her and actually getting larger and cooler versions of the same toy. When he can't have a dinosaur, too, he hatches a plan to make sure Candy doesn't have one, either.

This was fun for me to
Jul 27, 2013 Miriam rated it liked it

This lovely, short picture book is approved as a bedtime story for children from ages three to six and as a read-alone for children ages six to nine. It tells the story of Candy, a girl who gets unique presents from her father as he hasn't got enough time to play with her. Her only companion is her neighbourg Chucky, who likes competing with Candy about who of them has the better and cooler toy. As Candy's father buys his daughter a dinosaur, a Cankersaurus Rex, Chucky tries ev
Sep 23, 2013 Hollie rated it really liked it
This review was first posted on Music, Books and Tea.

I don’t normally read or review picture books, but Candy and the Cankersaur was too adorable to pass up!

I have two young nieces, and I can quite confidently say that they would both love to read this book. The pictures are beautifully drawn, and are really colourful and eye-catching, and really complement the story well. I love the idea of Sandberg re-creating the ‘missing’ books of his childhood – this is certainly a book that I know I would
Shantal (Book Nerds are Pretty Too)
This is a story of a little girl named Candace Courtney Wellesley Wellington but everyone called her Candy, Her father Mister Wellington is a very busy dad, he wishes he could spend more time with his daughter and one day he decided to buy her a Cankersaurus Rex. Candy immediately starts training her dinosaur.

I don’t usually review children books but since I’m open to any genre when the Author asked if I was willing to make a review for this book I immediately accepted. You see, I have a 3-year-
Nov 23, 2013 Reeses rated it liked it
See my review on my blog

So cute. Definitely would read this to my kids.

I received a copy of Candy and the Cankersaur for an honest review.

Wow so this is my first ever children’s book review so I’m not entirely sure how to go about this but here goes nothing.

The pictures are so cute and went so well with the story. They were colorful and it honestly felt like I was watching something happen for real. I think the cute pictures would really have children enjoying this book.

The t
Nov 24, 2013 Aiysha rated it really liked it
Candy loves to play but toys can’t buy happiness. Her father is always working and her neighbour Chucky is not very friendly either. So when her father buts her a companion dinosaur things take a turn…

Candy and the Cankersaur was a quick, fun children’s book to read. As an older teenager, I can’t say much but I’m sure I would’ve loved it when I was younger. It’s very engaging and I’d say more aimed at young girls. The writing was quite easy to read and I did find one or two words that would be q
Nov 25, 2013 Pam rated it it was amazing
Candy's dad works all the time and she is lonely. He tries to get her everything she needs or wants so he gets her a dinosaur. Cankersaurus Rex is her new pet or Cank as she calls him. Candy sets out to train him not to bite and have a good time with him. Her neighbor Chucky always has to have everything she does but better and he just has to have Cank.

I read this to my three old and she fell quickly in love with it. The pictures are adorable and eye catching to a child and kept her attention. T
Aug 14, 2013 Natshane rated it really liked it
Before I start off with my review, I just wanted to extend my thanks to author Jason Sandberg for approaching me in the first place. I never reviewed any children's books before and I just thought, why not? Since being adventurous to me meant trying out new genres, I thought of giving it a shot! It was definitely different, but entertaining nonetheless!

Putting myself in the shoes of a young girl, Candy was refreshing and nostalgic! It reminded me of my younger days where all I have to worry abou
Sandra Stiles
Aug 02, 2013 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Candace Courtney lived in a mansion with her father. Everyone called her Candy. Her father was always traveling on business trips so she didn’t get to spend a lot of time with him. She was constantly sent outside to play. Candy’s neighbor Chucky always tried to outdo whatever toy Candy got.

Candy’s father decided to get her a pet to keep her company. Her pet arrived by helicopter. Her father opened the crate and out came a Cankersaurus Rex. At first, Candy was scared. Then she decided to train hi
Nash Norden
Jun 28, 2015 Nash Norden rated it really liked it
Well, I wasn't quite sure how to review a children's book, so I'm not sure how to write one.

Candy was a rich girl with a busy father. Her father always buys her new and latest toys. Then one day, he bought a Cankersaurus Rex to make up to Candy as a pet to keep her company, and she was going to train him to be a good pet. Candy's next-door neighbor, Chucky loved to compete with Candy. He would try to top with every new toy that Candy has. But when Candy had a Cankersaur, he realized that there'
Brandee Price
Oct 02, 2013 Brandee Price rated it really liked it
Candy and the Cankersaur is such a sweet read. It's perfect for young children as the illustrations are wonderful. And it's a great read-a-loud with children a bit older as it offers some important lessons.

Candy is a young girl who has everything a little girl could want. And yet, she really wants time with her dad. Instead, her dad gives her a dinosaur. Cankersaurus Rex, or Cank, is quite a surprise. But Candy sets out to teach Cank how to be the best pet. Chucky, Candy's neighbor, is so enviou
Melissa Robles
Nov 03, 2015 Melissa Robles rated it it was amazing
The cuteness is killing me! Candy and the Cankersaur is definitely one amazing bedtime story that I would LOVE to share with little cousins, and one day, with my own kids. It's a sweet story about kindness, sharing, learning, asking for forgiveness and appreciating little things in life.

The drawings are so cute and colorful. I specially loved how Cank (the cankersaur) looks so fun and playful. Candy's number one rule for him is that he should not bite, but this lively cankersaurus may have a bi
Medeia Sharif
Sep 26, 2013 Medeia Sharif rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Candy's father wants to be in his office, working and talking on the phone. He has no time for his daughter. She spends a lot of time alone and sometimes she talks to the jealous boy next door, Chucky. When she gets a toy, he has to get one bigger and better than hers.

To provide companionship, Candy's father buys her a Cankersaurus Rex from the Island that Time Forgot and she calls him Cank. Uh-oh, Chucky catches sight of rambunctious, friendly Cank. He tries to buy one, but everyone tells him t
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Aug 11, 2013 Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog rated it really liked it
Candy and the Cankersaur is an adorable book about a girl whose father works a lot and to keep her company gives her a dinosaur to play with. The pictures are vibrant and bright and the story is applicable to ages 3-9. The story begins by telling us about Candy and her father, then the arrival of her dinosaur and her attempts at training him.

Candy is a courageous little girl, playing with a dinosaur and trying to teach him not to bite. Which I feel is an important lesson for many children in th
Aug 09, 2013 кєяo rated it really liked it
Candy and the Cankersaur is a short and sweet children's story. The colorful, lively illustrations in the book are appealing for children. This book is well-suited as a picture book for children aged 3-9 years. I haven't read a children's fiction for a long time, and this book fascinated me. I taught in Kindergarten for a brief period and I remember that stories with the mention of dragons and dinosaur always fascinated children. Children are full imagination. In the story, Candy is not ...more
Shannon McGee
Jan 21, 2014 Shannon McGee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, 2014, dinosaur
Candy wants to be noticed and loved. Her father was a busy man who works often. Candy’s neighbor, Chucky, always gets jealous of the presents Candy gets from her father. Chucky always finds a way to get some better version of what Candy has. Candy’s father hopes the next gift, a pet dinosaur, will give her the companionship she wants. Of course Chucky is completely jealous of this unique pet and has to fix it so he on top, or so he thinks.

Candy And The Cankersaur is dedicated to illustrator/aut
Sep 08, 2013 Auggie rated it it was amazing
This was such a sweet little book filled with quirky fun that any kid would go gaga over! Candy gets a rare and thought to be extinct Cankersaur! Her nextdoor neighbor and playmate is jealous! He's always trying to outshine Candy, to have BIGGER and BETTER things.

So he STEALS the Cankersaur and sells him to a Circus! My my!

This is an adorable story of what it really means to be friends. Your kids will learn that envy can be damaging, that friendships are about sharing and love, and that problems
Sharon Xuereb
*Copy provided by Author in return for an honest review*

Sharon's Book Nook - Review.

I read this with my children who are aged 3 and 8 and both of them enjoyed this book equally. This story made my children laugh and they loved the illustrations. They have asked me to read it over and over again already. Candy and the Cankersaur is a hit in our house!

This book contains bright colourful illustrations which grab your attention, and tells a delightful story that includes some life lessons about resp
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“I’m a Fine Artist who also wants to produce the ‘missing books’ from my childhood, the books I wished I’d had.”

Jason Sandberg, born in Minneapolis in 1971, acquired a love of drawing after discovering the artwork of Jacob Kurtzberg. His paintings have been exhibited in Minneapolis and Manhattan. Art Historian Scott McCloud classified his work as “uncategorizable.”
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