_240_360_book-1466-coverThe Behemoth Dinosaur in the Land of Uz, Maryluz Guerrero Salas, Westbow Press, 2014.

Everything about this book seemed perfect. It’s a children’s book about a dinosaur. What kid doesn’t like dinosaurs? It’s a children’s book about a place called Uz, a place we read about in the Bible. It is told in English and Spanish, a brilliant addition to every child’s library, both English and Spanish-speaking.

The art work is simple, as if done by a child. While this is off-putting to some, I found it part of the book’s charm. Children are attracted to art by other children.

Then, I opened the book.

The story is disjointed and hard to follow. Many children, including my own daughter, got bored with it quickly. The behemoth is named Dippy and comes from a random verse in Job 40:”Look at Behemoth, which I made just as I made you; it eats grass like an ox.”

Dippy and the boy Job have a lost puppy and little boy kind of relationship. Nobody wants Dippy around, but Job is willing to build a friendship with him.

Then, from there, the story goes into Dippy and Job going into town and then Dippy tells a story that is loosing connected to Noah’s Ark.  It is hard to follow for me, the Dad, not to mention for my daughter, or any other child.

And that is the downfall of this book.

It is so disjointed that children cannot invest in it, and get bored quickly. The story jumps from being told under the pictures, to word bubbles in the illustrations.

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Thanks to BookLook Bloggers and the publisher for a digital review copy.