Weebeasts by Micah Linton - Book Review & Giveaway

When the three volume Weebeastology arrived in my mailbox bearing this critter:

I was a bit surprised.

No, I didn’t mind his cute, little tushy; I was taken aback by the fact that I was a reading teacher being asked to evaluate books without any words. Many moons ago, before I took up the cause of the secondary struggling reader, I used wordless books for teaching story-telling and writing. Wordless books are especially helpful with language acquisition students and pre-operational children. For older children, wordless books offer a natural look at story structure (story mapping), elements (dialogue, sequencing) and development (character, plot). Many English-Language Arts teachers love wordless books.

But I digress….

The Weebeastology that arrived with the little, captured, yellow beast is a colorful and lucidly drawn three-volume set that easily engages the imagination. It’s part of the larger Weebeasts series chronicling the anthropological discovery of mythic, surrealistic, and naked (of course – how else would beasts be?) creatures. Mr. Yellow Weebeasts' tag says, “ An ancient species has been discovered by explorer Micah Linton. Follow the weebeasts with the book series as their epic journey unfolds with adventure around every corner.”

Micah Linton probably didn’t know that he’d be sending his big idea off to a woman with a vested interest in anthropology. Oh, he probably thought, “here’s this reading blogger who might like my little tale about the discovery of the weebeasts,” but he had no idea that in a brief two months she’d be watching her son, who has changed his major five million times, graduate with the intent to go chase weebeasts of his own.

Darn, digressing again ….

Still, even though I love, love, loved the anthropological slant, I wanted something tangible to say here other than, “colorful, lucid, sparks the imagination.” So imagine my surprise when, two days later, another book arrived. And it had words!

Weebeasts: Plight is the second in the weebeasts series. And though I wished I’d seen the Weebeasts exile (which I presume happens in book one), I enjoyed watching the weebeasts find a new home and learn from past mistakes. Weebeasts: Plight offered the same vivid illustrations and a nice story with many opportunities for discussions on friendship and tolerance. The story also manages to pull off the target lesson without too much preachiness, a deal killer for this reader.

I enjoyed Weebeats and could easily see it growing into something big. But, despite its extremely well done self promoting, I couldn’t help but wish Mr. Linton had secured a book deal with a major publisher. I can see the weebeasts idea going the way of Christopher Paolini's fairytale ending, if just for just the right publication house. The weebeasts idea is so clever, it deserves bigger promotion and I’m happy to do my small, small part.

-------------------- Resources & Giveaway --------------------

Genre: Fantasy Age: 4-8. Pages: Origins 3 volume 166/ Plight 32.

Themes: Tolerance, Friendship, Social Science
Thank you Mr. Linton for the great books!
Publisher: Beast Stew. Date: October 2008 / March 2009.
ISBN-10: 0980188857 / ISBN-13: 978-0980188851 and ISBN-10: 0982173407 / ISBN-13: 978-0982173404

Buy Weebeastology Here
Buy Weebeasts: Plight Here

On March 2nd, in celebration of Read Across America, I'll be giving away my first edition copy of Weebeasts: Plight, the three volume Weebeastolgy and naked, yellow, butt-tattooed weebeast in his little brown bag. ☺

For one entry, leave me a comment about your involvement with children's literature. Are you a teacher? a librarian? a parent? Or someone who loves kid lit?

For an extra entry, you can twitter or blog about it. Just leave me the link from the tweet or post in your comment.

On March 2nd at 10PM EST, I'll use to pick a winner!

Micah Linton is a video game designer/artist and writer. You can find out more on the weebeats website or on his personal page.

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Ania said...

No need to enter me (although I *am* tempted by the toosh); I just wanted to say I love your blog!

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in your contest. I am a lover and reader of children's lit and a librarian hoping to work with children of all ages. These books sound very interesting.

KR said...

I've been teaching kindergarten for 31 years! Children's Lit is still my passion...just ask my hubby!!! LOL

Anonymous said...

I'm a lover of children's lit. Thanks!!!

Steph Su said...

Wow, this looks like fine. It won't be long before many other books are doing such funky packagings and including stuffed creatures!

I'm an avid reader of YA lit, and for my library class internship that I'm participating in this semester, my final project is going to be about young adult literature. I'm so excited.

Thanks for this giveaway!

stephxsu at gmail dot com

Wrighty said...

What a neat idea! I haven't seen this one before and I'm very interested. As far as my involvement, I'm a parent, used to be a teacher, have always wanted to be a librarian and adore children's literature. My sister-in-law is a third grade teacher and we hope to some day write and illustrate our own children's book. Lofty goal but we like to dream big! Thanks so much for your contest and I've added it to my blog.

Guy Debored said...

I am a lover of children's literature and also aspire to write/illustrate one of my own. Gashlycrumb Tinies and Fantastic Planet are two sources of inspiration. Weebeasts is now up there too.
gristled@gmail dot com

darbyscloset said...

I teach 3 to young 5 year olds, in a preschool. We are not reading as of yet and these books would be excellent to stimulate imagination and future art projects!!!
Thanks so much,
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

velocibadgergirl said...

What a cute little character! Count me in :)

I also put you in my blog sidebar at my book blog :D

silverhartgirl said...

I am a book lover and i read to my children and the ones i baby sit befpore nap time and bed time. I even read with my 10yo

velocibadgergirl said...

Whoops, I just realized I didn't say that I love children's books, and still take them out from the library to read even as an adult.

Unknown said...

I've loved children's books and it all began when the very first chapter book I ever read, "Charlotte's Web", I still read children's books not only for myself (LOL) but also for my children. I'm in school for Early Education and am open to all genre's of children's lit.

Unknown said...

Twittered and now following you on twitter(kristinialeanna)

Anonymous said...

I'm a hospital librarian, and the physicians I serve often act like children. Is that good enough?

I want the books and the doll for myself, actually.

Cheryl Vanatti said...

Ania: Thank you very much :-)

The winner is Velocibadgergirl!