Monday, July 9, 2012

Savannah's Summer Reading List -- The Labyrinth by Thomas and Peter Weck (Review)

32 pages
For ages 4-8, 8.5 x 11
ISBN: 978-1-933872-04-9 $15.95
Pub Date: August 1st, 2012
Published by: Lima Bear Press, LLC
Distributed by: Available at bookstores, libraries, online including at, or call 800-247-6553.


Princess Belinda Bean has just been given the throne by her elderly father, and she is now the Queen and Ruler of Beandom. . Everyone in the kingdom is happy about this except jealous Mean ol' Bean who wants to be King.

After luring Belinda Bean into a tricky labyrinth, Mean ol' Bean runs into a problem. L. Joe Bean, the Wiseman of Beandom, has discovered his scheme! What will happen to the Queen, L. Joe Bean, and Mean ol' Bean?

The fun story and surprising ending is coupled with activity and further learning pages at the end of the book.

This is the fourth title in
The Lima Bear Stories series. Also check out The Megasaurus, How Back-Back Got His Name, and The Cave Monster

My Thoughts:

This is the fourth book in The Lima Bear Stories series, and just as good as the previous titles.  At least once a week, I find myself reading The Cave Monster to Savannah at bedtime, as she loves the illustrations.  But, this book is starting to become a bedtime favorite, as she is starting to enjoy books about princesses.  What I love most about this series is that they offer activities and learning activities that families can enjoy together, and extend the fun beyond just reading the story.  Even though my daughters are too young to ask them what they learned from reading these stories, I know in time that these learning activities will come in handy, to expand their love for reading and comprehension.

If you have had a chance to read previous titles in The Lima Bear Stories series, then you will love this new title.  Not familiar with this series?  No worries, as you can pick up and read this book and enjoy. Then, you will find yourself wanting to get the other titles.  These books are easy to read, and the illustrations are simply beautiful to look, and do a great job in bringing the story to life.

About the Authors, father and son duo, Thomas and Peter Weck:


Thomas Weck is a creative and captivating national award-winning author of children's books. He has traveled extensively in the U.S. and in foreign countries including teaching children through the Peace Corps. With four children of his own and a passion for observing children's behavior, he has distilled these observations into stories that excite the imagination of young minds amidst peals of laughter and learning. The Megasaurus was the first title in the exciting series of book being published by Lima Bear Press, LLC, followed by How Back-Back Got His Name and The Cave Monster. The Labyrinth was published in August 2012. Watch for more in the coming months and years.

Peter Weck
grew up enjoying the wonderful stories his father told about Lima Bear and his friends. Now that he is the father of three young girls, he has teamed up with his father to capture these and other stories in print. Peter's goal is to help children foster a love for creating, reading, and listening to stories. He currently serves on the board of the Menlo Park Library Foundation and is CEO of StoryJumper, a web based company that enables anyone to create and illustrate children's stories.

About the Illustrator:

Len DiSalvo
is an illustrator and animator for a wide range of print projects and award-winning computer games. He currently teaches illustration and animation at the Art Center Design College in Tucson, AZ. 

 Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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