An entire world in which creatures and landscapes captivate the imagination.
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This set of three weebeasts picture books is an innovative and intelligent book sure to spark creative storytelling for both children and parents alike. Follow the weebeasts as their epic journey continues to unfold with adventure around every corner.
Books that travel
Wow, I can't believe it's been a few months since I've written a book review. The wait is worth it for me as this new book by Micah Linton is a rare find. It just showed up in my mailbox one day! It almost makes me wish I were back teaching first grade in an inter-city school in Richmond, California where I had 8 different cultures and languages in my classroom as well as special needs. This volume would have been a wonderful tool in encouraging the children to create verbal and written language to enhance the fantastic illustrations that Micah Linton has created. I'm passing the set on to a friend who has grandchildren in Peru. I know she will have fun helping them to "read" the stories! Imagine the book in Peru!. Art, my boss at the bookshop said that someone contacted him who had found one of our shop bookmarks in Afganistan! Books do travel & are shared around the world. I wish each of you a most Happy Holiday Season, and Happy Reading in the new year!
Weebeastology Volume I
This three-story book set seems an enigma at first glance, as there are no written words except for the titles. Then, it becomes a beloved tale as the reader wanders into a new mythical land at the beginning of time where elves, gnomes, trolls, pixies, and other creatures are the weebeasts that explore, settle the land, and begin their own traditions and culture. This first volume in a projected series is an origin tale with the words to be filled in by the young reader, encouraging language development and a never-ending realm of storytelling where the child will make up names and adventures for the characters.
Micah Linton’s imaginative story and illustrations are vivid, compelling, and extraordinary. The rich watercolor illustrations allow the reader’s imaginative eye to roam, filling in the story as she goes. For instance in one illustration a weebeast is on a cliff opposite huge colorful beasts (or are they monsters?), on another cliff. What will happen? What is the weebeast saying? This set of books is a valuable contribution to a family library, a classroom language development center, and can be especially useful in an English as a Second Language setting. If you visit the web site, you will find even more delightful information as well as a weebeast plush toy to add to a child’s imaginative play. Weebeastology is highly recommended for children as young as preschoolers, who love to pour over pictures, up to middle to young high schoolers in an ESL or special education classes. Enjoy your read!
Review by Judith Nasse
Author and Illustrator: Micah Linton
Beast Stew, 2008
Glee Books Newsletter
If you haven’t discovered the Weebeasts, a wonderful imaginative world awaits you. Peaceable and compassionate little creatures not too remote from humans, the Weebeasts are constantly evolving throughout their history, which has parallels with ours. Intrepid explorers, they’ve an eco-friendly philosophy, have developed a highly sophisticated technology and unlike (some) humans, they learn from experience, so harmful incidents are not repeated. So far Micah Linton has unearthed enough detail in his field studies to suggest that mythology is populated by Weebeasts—he is producing three volumes of Weebeast culture, with more to follow. Rendered in pencil and watercolour, the world of these irresistible wee beings is brought to life in textless books for readers of any age. Ingenious! Those who enjoy the endearing, unthreatening Moomins should find Weebeasts equally charming. (We look forward to the promised Weebeast soft toys adorned with souvenirs of their travels.) Lynndywww.gleebooks.com.au/default.asp
Review by Alice Berger
The fictional species of weebeasts, also known as gremlins, pixies, elves, and trolls, have left behind a remarkable series of pictures showing what life is like in their world. After exhaustive research, the Weebeastology Discovery Team has compiled these scenes into the first volume of weebeastology.
Boxed into a 3-book set, these scenes show weebeasts as they go about their daily business, but alas, these unique creatures left no language to go with the pictures. The interpreter must decide what these scenes represent.
Illustrator Micah Linton creates this unusual world in pencil and watercolor, stimulating the imagination with his pictures. This set is targeted towards ages 9-12, but all those who like to use their own creativity in exploration would find them enjoyable. Graphic novels without the words, they invite you to create your own characters and stories, as many times as you like.
If you think you’re up to the challenge of joining the Weebeastology Discovery Team, you need to take a look at these volumes and help them try to figure out the weebeast history. It’s sure to be a great adventure.
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