Title Of Book: The Big Splash!
Time length to read: 4-6 min
Age recommend: 3 and up
Author: A.H. Benjamin
Illustrator: Jon Lycett-Smith
Publisher: Digital Leaf Publishing
Price: $9.57 (Paperback) $15.09 (Harcover)
With summer being in the air, I’m glad to share this next book with you all; The Big Splash, by A.H. Benjamin. “Hare, Beaver, Fox, Skunk and Raccoon are all minding their own business when something BIG comes along that changes… everything.” –The Big Splash. Indeed something big does come along; that something big turns out to be a big buffalo that just wants to be friends with them and join the fun. He tells them to hop on his back where he takes them to an edge where they run off and splash right into a big lake. They had so much fun doing it they want to go back and splash in the water all over again.
To be honest, this book really took me by surprise of how well done it was. The story plot line was perfect and the way the words about appeared throughout the story were really creative, matching the scenes of the story. The message I saw in the story was to never judge anyone by their “cover” so to say. Although, all they could hear was a big booming sound that they thought was something scary, it turned out to be something they didn’t expect. The illustrations, done by Jon Lycett-Smith, were very well done. They really brought the book to life. The colors he used in the book were very creative and matched every scene. I think that it will draw in children to this book because of that.
If you are looking for a good book to splash up your summer, you should check this one out. If there was a fun summer book to recommend right now, this would be the one I would for all you out there.
For more information on the book, you can visit the publisher’s website here.
I did an author interview with A.H. Benjamin. You can check that out below!
Author Interview with A.H. Benjamin
Can you tell me about yourself?
I’m a father of four grown up children and the grandfather of four young children. I live with my wife in a small town in Lincolnshire in the UK. I’m not great or special or exciting but I am happy.
What do you do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing I’m thinking of writing. I like to do that especially when I’m walking. However, I love reading and of course playing with my grandchildren!
What inspired you to write your first book?
I became a writer almost by accident; that is I never thought that I would become an author one day…When my eldest daughter was about three I started telling bedtime stories made up on the spot. I realized I was quite good at that, so I decided to write them down… Later on I tried my luck with publishers and eventually I got my first picture book published back in 1987. More and more followed…
Where do you get your ideas from?
Ah, the inevitable question for an author! Well, personally I get my ideas from my head, where else? I have a very lively imagination and I use it. It’s as simple as that.
Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp?
I write to entertain, that’s my main objective. I never think of including a message in my books; that comes of its own accord. And that’s how it should be, because children are very sensitive and they don’t like being preached to in a condescending way. Oh, no!
What books have most influenced your life?
Roald Dahl is my all time favourite author, so I would say all his books. Especially his two autobiography books, Boy and Going Solo.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you are honest and genuine and you love writing you have a very good chance of being published.On the other hand, if you are doing it simply to become rich and famous and for people to say how clever you are then you are very likely to fail – unless you are a genius!
Do you have anything specific to tell your readers?
I do my upmost to write good stories to please my readers, whether they are young or old. If they are happy I am even more so.
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