Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Space Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Book Review - Space Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy

Space Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy
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About the Book
Imagination helps children solve problems, adapt to new life situations, and learn how to think creatively. Some of the best childhood memories revolve around a fort, a cardboard box time machine, distant lands and galaxies, and the places explored while reading. Today, many children’s memories revolve around the television and the computer. Don Winn, the award-winning author of The Knighting of Sir Kaye, hopes to change all that with his new, imagination-filled book, Space Cop Zack: Protector or the Galaxy, a story that teaches children that they can create their own adventure while reading and playing.

Space Cop Zack, a little boy with a big imagination, and his faithful robot sidekick, GARG, chase the terrible Dr. Dogbreath across the galaxy. Together, they brave bad smells, squishy slime, giant ocean monsters, and motion sickness. Do Zack and GARG finally capture Dr. Dogbreath, or will he escape their grasp? The end is all up to children’s imaginations.

Parents often want to encourage their children’s sense of imagination and discovery, and, with this new children’s book, parents can help their children do just that. Winn’s goal while writing Space Cop Zack was to encourage children to create their own adventures.

Winn knows how important such imaginative odysseys can be—as a child, his imagination transformed a big cardboard box into a rocket ship, submarine, or whatever else he imagined. These days, children seem to rely more on video games than imagination, and, as a result, children are missing out on the experiences that imaginative play has to offer. Space Cop Zack teaches children that their imagination can take them anywhere.
Don Winn
About the Author
Don Winn is the award-winning author of the children’s novel The Knighting of Sir Kaye. He has written ten additional picture books, including The Higgledy-Piggledy Pigeon, Superhero, Twitch the Squirrel and the Forbidden Bridge, and Shelby the Cat.

Don has been writing for over 15 years. After he started writing poetry, Winn moved on to writing children’s picture books. Soon, he started to write chapter books for children. Winn lives in Round Rock, Texas.

My Take on the Book
Don M. Winn wrote this story so parents and children would have an opportunity to discuss the story's events and the imagination used by Zack for his backyard adventure. He included examples of questions parents could use to foster the discussion after reading the story.

The story involves Space Cop Zack and his robot GARG as they chase Dr. Dogbreath (Zack's actual dog). As you enjoy their adventures and Zack's problem solving throughout the story, you will realize that Zack is a boy with a great imagination. Don M. Winn encourages adults to foster their child's imagination. How can you assist your child to use theirs? Don's story could become a springboard for your child's imaginative adventures.

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