Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Review: Books for Benjamin by R.G. de Rouen


Genre: Children's 2-8
Published: October 22, 2022
Pages: 32

2022 Literary Titan Gold Award Winner

Benjamin would rather read about adventures in a giant peach than eat one!

Unlike his family members who are happily munching away on scraps, Benjamin is a different kind of worm. He loves to read. Yet, all he finds are old newspapers and magazines full of tomato splotches. Not one to give up on his dreams, Benjamin sets off on a quest to find “real" books.

Witty illustrations by Uliana Barabash are a great accompaniment to this delightful story written by R.G. de Rouen.

Join Benjamin on his book hunting adventure and watch your little ones search for Benjamin’s famous signature in their books!

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review.

This is a cute little book about an aspiring literal book worm. Benjamin just wants to spend all his time reading, and like I can totes relate to that. He manages to make his way to a library where he marks every book that he reads. When the librarian catches him, instead of being angry with him, she's impressed and books a trip to take him to the Library of Congress, where he continues to read and mark books. 

The illustrations were adorable and colorful and the mark that Benjamin was leaving in all of the books he read made me laugh. While I wouldn't want to read this book to kids ALL the time, I wouldn't mind a few rereads. Overall I give it 4.2 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

R.G. de Rouen is originally from Carmel, California and has been working the past 25 years as an elementary teacher in international schools throughout the world. He is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature in Connecticut and enjoys teaching creative writing skills to his students. Like Benjamin, R. G. de Rouen can't live without books.

Uliana Barabash is an illustrator from Ukraine. She studied at the Academy of Printing and has been drawing since childhood. Her love of children and children's books is evident in the vibrant colors she portrays. Uliana is inspired by all the details that nature has to offer.

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