Official Review: Let's Get Sandy at the Beach

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Official Review: Let's Get Sandy at the Beach

Post by kfwilson6 » 09 Nov 2018, 20:24

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Let's Get Sandy at the Beach" by Grampa Farkas.]
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1 out of 4 stars
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Grab your swimsuits, towels, sunscreen, and hats because Sassy and Taffy are heading to the beach in Let’s Get Sandy at the Beach. Sassy and Taffy aren’t actually going to need any of those things for their trip to the beach since they are cockapoos. However, their owners, Grandma and Grampa Farkas, are packing those things up along with the dogs and their grandchild for a day of fun in the sun. This children’s story, written by Grampa Farkas himself, is told through the eyes of Sassy who has no idea what the beach is, but she is happy to go on any adventure instigated by Grampa Farkas. The trip to the beach is Sassy and Taffy’s fifth adventure shared by Grampa Farkas in his Sassy and Taffy Adventure series.

A story told from the point of view of a dog completely out of her element sounds like a fun tale for children. However, your time would be better spent actually going to the beach than reading this book. I make that recommendation for many reasons. The first issue that I have with the book is that Sassy’s canine status is not apparent. When the book begins, there is no way to know that the story is being told from a dog’s perspective. It can be deduced from the pictures and the use of the term “pack” to describe the group of people, but to very young children, I don’t think this would be obvious enough.

My second point of discontent with Let’s Get Sandy at the Beach is the actual story of the journey to the beach. A trip to the beach from the perspective of a dog is very similar to that of a child. A child would not be familiar with sand or the idea that water doesn’t stand still and is forever washing up on the beach. This may be cute to watch a child or dog discover, but to read about it is quite uninteresting. Sassy doesn’t understand what words like ‘beach,’ ‘California,’ or ‘beach cart’ mean. These words are emphasized with the utilization of italicized font. Every time Grampa Farkas wants to indicate to the reader that Sassy doesn’t know the exact meaning of a word, he has it italicized. Again, this is not something I think children would catch on to. It was also quite distracting.

Let’s Get Sandy at the Beach is truly a ‘picture’ book. By that I mean, Grampa Farkas didn’t use an illustrator to create images for his book, he used his own family pictures. The one on the front cover is of poor quality, and there is a second one where Sassy and Taffy were clearly cut from another picture and pasted onto a picture of Grandma and Grampa Farkas' grandchild. Other than the fact that the pictures are poorly done, who wants to read a book where someone else’s family pictures are included? I don’t believe Grampa and Grandma Farkas’ beach pictures would be appealing to a child who does not know them.

Sadly, this book is not worthy of more than 1 out of 4 stars. There is nothing I particularly enjoyed about it; the pictures are poorly done, the story is uninteresting, and the book was obviously not professionally edited. A child under the age of five who enjoys stories told from the perspective of a pet could find some entertainment in Sassy and Taffy’s journey to the beach, but I wouldn’t recommend it; I suggest parents find a book for their children that has a more professional quality.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 13 Nov 2018, 01:24

I chuckled at the thought of cutting a picture up and pasting it onto another. That is a bit sloppy.
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Post by fredrick otieno » 13 Nov 2018, 04:21

children's book though i think would be complicated to them. as an adult and according to this review, i may find this book boring and so i am not going to consider it.

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Post by TJanowski23 » 13 Nov 2018, 08:15

I almost feel sorry for Grampa Farkas but clearly some more effort is needed from him. Thanks for your honest and well thought out review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Nov 2018, 09:19

I'm sorry this one didn't meet your expectations. It does sound a bit uninteresting and some of what you describe would definitely just go over a child's head. It's not really in my age range. Since it just doesn't sound appealing, I'm definitely not going to pick it up. Thanks, though.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 13 Nov 2018, 15:42

I really love children's books, so I am always sad to see one as poorly executed as the one you described. I appreciate your honest review.

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Post by T_stone » 13 Nov 2018, 17:17

I like children's books, but this seems very bland. I've always wanted to read a book told in animals view point but, this clearly isn't it. Thanks for the honest review.
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Post by Amanda Deck » 13 Nov 2018, 17:34

I wonder if it would be more clear if the previous four books had been read? Then the kids would understand what was going on. Especially something like "the pack", which threw me off in the sample I just looked at. Sounded like the backpack was full of sand and ready for a nap...?! Oh, DOG pack. Of only two.
But yes, it's possible that this would all work if a child has already become 'friends' with the two pups in the previous books of the series.

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Post by kristine29 » 13 Nov 2018, 19:35

Well that's too bad. I've read a few books like this and they turned out to be quite funny and enjoyable to read, it is recommended even for adults. So this is just a waste of paper and time, it is really too bad

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Post by kfwilson6 » 13 Nov 2018, 20:36

Amanda Deck wrote:
13 Nov 2018, 17:34
I wonder if it would be more clear if the previous four books had been read? Then the kids would understand what was going on. Especially something like "the pack", which threw me off in the sample I just looked at. Sounded like the backpack was full of sand and ready for a nap...?! Oh, DOG pack. Of only two.
But yes, it's possible that this would all work if a child has already become 'friends' with the two pups in the previous books of the series.
I agree that might help. I figured I would take it from the perspective of it being a stand-alone though, since the storyline didn't at all depend on the previous four books.

I had to read the first page a couple of times to catch on to what was going on and the fact that it was being told from the dog's perspective.

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Post by Book Lover 35 » 13 Nov 2018, 23:28

That's a shame about the book. The author should of got some help with it. He had a creative idea, with some work, maybe the book would have been better. Thank you for the review!
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Post by Espie » 14 Nov 2018, 04:47

It breaks my heart to know that the piece wasn't what you've expected. I also wonder if reading the initial four books in the series first could help the reader warm up to this one. Thank you for your honest review, nonetheless.
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It's always disappointing when a book doesn't live up to your hopes. Good job with the review.
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Post by Sushan » 14 Nov 2018, 19:13

Seemingly an interesting children's book. Thanks for the nice review 👍👍
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Post by Caylie_Cat » 14 Nov 2018, 19:37

It is a shame when an idea for a book does not reach its potential due to poor editing, average writing and shoddy illustrations/photos. Thanks for the honest review!

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