||March 1, 2009
Barnes & Noble.com
Continue the epic adventures of the weebeasts with the second book in the award winning series. Follow the weebeasts as their civilization advances and grows, exploring the world with innovative inventions of all kinds.
Following the first book Weebeasts Origins when they are primitive and have to learn several hard lessons about co-existing with the other unusual creatures that inhabit the early world. Weebeasts Plight tells of what comes next in weebeast history. As the weebeasts have grown accustomed to the other creatures that inhabit the world they must work together in specific situations to help one another out. In the meantime the weebeasts have grown into rather ingenious inventors, creating gliders, flying planes, submersibles, among other amazing machines.
“Weebeasts Plight” should be in every preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade classroom as a teaching tool. It is a delightfully charming story that is imaginative on a grand scale. The illustrations are wonderfully colorful and each creature is uniquely portrayed. The story itself is as old as mankind—being good to each other, but Linton has given it a new life that will tickle the funny bone of adults as they read it to their children.
It fits well into the “weebeasts” collection, and when used in conjunction with the Discovery Teams Journals it surpasses most of what is out on the market today. The journals are full of wonderful character illustrations, but the story is made up by the reader. This is a great tool to improve children’s imaginations and storytelling skills. Each child can make up almost unlimited stories to match the pictures.
I strongly recommend this book for anyone who works with small children, has small children or grandchildren. It has the potential to be a great instrument for teaching everything from manners to tolerance for those who are different from us. It is a story whose moral is everlasting. On a rating system 1-5 with 5 being the best I would rate this book and it collection, (which includes a weebeast doll), as a 5.
In a society that flaunts nudity, violence, drug use and other forms of crime as almost normal behavior, I feel that “weebeasts” creates a positive experience in reading, listening, and discerning acceptable behavior if used properly. By learning about the “weebeasts” as they struggle to find a new home after being expelled for bad behavior, I think children will grasp the moral of the story. Treating others as you would want to be treated is the only way to live.
I know Christmas and Chanukah are a long way off, but I’d suggest that you put the ““Weebeasts”” collection on your list now so that you don’t forget. "
Reviewer: Bobbi Duffy/ AuthorsDen
Weebeastology Volume I Box Set and weebeasts plight - Book Review
"The weebeasts searched high and low for a new home, sometimes taking risks that were just silly. But along the way, they learned new things and invented new machines, so that they could explore new places." - weebeasts: plight by Micah Linton
Creature. That is what my daughter calls her weebeast. The moment the weebeast arrived at our home, she claimed it her own special "Creature." The charm of the weebeast lies in its uniqueness. Nothing else in our home looks anything like it, allowing our imaginations to freely soar.
Because we only allow civilized creatures here we took on the task to clothe the poor, naked thing and quickly found a suitable purple dress from the doll stash. Now the bare-bottomed but clothed weebeast fits comfortably in its new habitat. (See right.) My daughter loves the strange, yellow weebeast. Apparently Dr. Toy does too, naming it to the Dr Toy's "100 Best Children's Products for 2008" list.
Micah Linton, a highly imaginative artist, created and has recently chronicled the weebeast species in his weebeast series of books. We received the plush weebeast in a burlap sack along with the books Weebeastology Volume I and weebeasts: plight.
What are weebeasts? Linton describes them best: "Weebeasts have existed since the dawn of time when they lived on Pangaea. As the land mass separated they became isolated and ended up in remote regions of the earth where they were called many things by humans according to local beliefs, mythology and folklore. 'Trolls, pixies, elves, gnomes, gremlins, and goblins' are just to name a few, but in all truth almost every culture has a name for them." A noble adventurer, Linton has taken it upon himself to research and record all things weebeast. His "findings" are published in his weebeasts books, with more books in the series releasing in the future.
I'm not usually one to review picture books for kids, but when Micah Linton asked if I'd be interested in reviewing Plight, the second book in his Weebeasts series, I had to say yes. If his books imitated the free spirit of the website, I was sure I'd enjoy them.
I wasn't disappointed. This is a beautiful book.
The story itself is simple--the Weebeasts have been bullying (and enslaving) their neighbors, and when their neighbors fight back, the Weebeasts are driven out and forced to search for another home. Along the way, they learn to engineer things and to be more self-sufficient, and just as important, they don't give up their search. In the end, they meet another creature whose help they have to take to find a home, which I assume isn't something they would have done in their old home.
At first, I wished for an individual to follow through the story, rather than following a whole group, but I realized that's something I look for as an adult; it wouldn't have bothered me as a kid not to have one main character. The quest of the group is more important than any one character.
The day after Plight arrived, I received another box--this one containing Weebeastology and a Weebeast toy.* Weebeastology contains illustrations of Weebeasts and their adventures, some from the books and some not.** I'm undecided as to whether I prefer the wordless books or the book with a story; I like the idea of making up your own story to go with Linton's illustrations.
My husband suggested I send Weebeasts to my sister and niece to enjoy, but I like the idea of having it to read to our own kids someday, so I'm going to hold onto them. And if we do have those kids, I'll be looking for the rest of the Weebeasts series to add to the kids' book collection.
At the moment, Linton has planned seven books, but may have more. Since the Weebeasts' history parallels much of humanity's, Linton says, "it will be fun to explore new paths" for their stories, and he suggests that one story will reveal how Weebeasts "evolve into elves of folklore." (I'm really looking forward to that one.)
In the Pages
Micah Linton sent me a box of books, and I was introduced to the fascinating world of Weebeasts. Linton has created a world where beasts rule and have adventures. There is one hardback book he sent, Plight, that actually has words and tells a story. But the boxed set he sent, Weebeastology Vol. 1, are all wordless graphic novels. I can see kids LOVING these. You can make up your own stories over and over just by looking at the pictures. They are geared for ages 9-12 but I think the possibilities are endless. Oh yes, and I even received an actual Weebeast - beware, there is now a Weebeast in our library!
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