E-books aren’t our usual pick for our kids, but we gave this one a try as a review option, and we were sorely disappointed. Maryluz Guerrero Salas wrote this short tale, The Behemoth Dinosaur in the Land of Uz. and it’s published in both English and Spanish. I wonder if it was originally in Spanish, as there were several typos, awkward sentences, and lots of confusion.
I hate to even write this review, but as a Book Reviewer with Booklook Bloggers, I am committed to at least reading each book through and sharing my thoughts. Here’s the summary from the author: “The behemoth walks to the well to get water and sees his friend Job. Job becomes excited to see him and hugs him. Many villagers want the behemoth out of the village. But at the end, everything changes.”
In general, the story was disjointed, confusing, and just plain boring. We were both yawning and distracted while reading it. As I said in the video review, “the dinosaur told his story to the point everyone fell asleep, and that’s kinda what it felt like in reading the book.” I will say though, my daughter pulled out a good quality takeaway of the main character (the dinosaur) not giving up. The connection to the Bible narrative was missed completely. The illustrations looked like a child did them, which may be appealing to some children.
I would NOT recommend this book to anyone at all. I may be missing something, but from our experience, this is a very rough draft that needs more work. It was not a polished or finished product.
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