What am I? Fruits: Official released date

I am happy to announce the official release date of my second picture book, What am I? Fruits, to be on April 2nd, 2019.

You can now pre-order the book online at IndieBound, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

Here is a summary of the book:

Can you guess what fruit I am? A pear? An orange? A strawberry?

In this guess-the-fruit book, fifteen riddles about common fruits ask the question, “what am I?” Each rhythmic riddle first gives a detailed description of a fruit. On the following page, a colorful illustration provides the answer. Kids will have fun trying to solve these riddles about fruits that they may encounter on their plate, in the grocery store, or in an orchard. A perfect companion to What am I? Vegetables.

More information about the book can be found here: https://johnbenzee.com/books/what-am-i-fruits/

Stay tuned for more information on book release events, sneak previews of some of the riddles and pages, and more.

2018: A Year in review

2018 was a productive and eventful year for me as an author. Here’s a recap:

I released my first children’s picture book, What am I? Vegetables, in February.

In July, Tree Verseturned 1.

I visited the Taste of Buffalo with Monkey See, Monkey Do Bookstore in August and did a reading of my children’s book.

In September, Publisher’s Weekly and Readers’ Favorite gave good reviews of What am I? Vegetables.

I celebrated Indie Author Day in October at the central library with a lot of other cool local authors.

In December, Buffalo Spree magazine featured my children’s book in their holiday gift guide.

Hopefully 2019 will be just as interesting. Look for What am I? Fruits sometime in the spring!

Buffalo Spree suggests What I? Vegetables

My picture book, What am I? Vegetables had an appearance in Buffalo Spree’s 2018 Holiday Shopping Guide. The children’s book is perfect for holiday fun, including having kids test their knowledge of various vegetables through fun riddles and colorful illustrations. Check out the Spree’s Holiday Shopping Guide for more information on all of your holiday shopping needs (Pages 79- 94 has books by local authors with interesting topics).

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Readers’ Favorite: What am I? Vegetables

Another book review! My picture book, What am I? Vegetables was reviewed by Readers’ Favorite, which gave the book 5 stars. Here’s the review:

What Am I? Vegetables by John Benzee is an educational and informative book for young readers as they get introduced to vegetables in a fun and interactive way. The riddles about the various vegetables, using simple descriptions and rhyming patterns, make it a fun read and children will have a good time trying to find the answers and solve the riddles. Whether it is a vegetable grown at home, seen in the grocery store, or served on your plate, children will have a fun and engaging time learning new things about the vegetables they come across or vegetables they do not know about. ‘I’m eaten raw, With a taste that’s crisp and sweet, Sometimes with a little, spicy heat. What am I?’ Let us find out more about vegetables from this book.

There are a lot of books for children written on vegetables, but what sets this book apart from the rest of them is the way the author tackles the topic. The idea of introducing veggies in a riddle form is fresh and unique, plus it makes the concept more attractive and appealing to young readers to learn and understand. The author’s illustrations are colorful and bright, and they make the book even more charming to readers. This book is a good way for children to learn about vegetables and it can be used in classrooms to teach children about vegetables, their characteristics, and colors. It is a good book to have in one’s personal collection, especially if there are school-going children in the home.