A 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Winner

I’m excited to announce that my latest picture book, What am I? Fruits has won 1st place for the food-related category in The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards run by Story Monsters. The awards recognize and honor “books that are original, innovative and creative in both content and design” that are geared toward children. For a complete list of winners, follow this link: https://www.storymonsters.com/book-briefs/2019-purple-dragonfly-book-award-winners

Tulsa Book Review: What am I? Fruits

Tulsa Book Review gave a 5 star review to What am I? Fruits. Here’s the review in its entirety:

What a fun way for preschoolers and early graders to learn about the fruits they eat while picking up some additional language skills. Drawn upon these three dozen tinted pages are colorfully drawn fruits with their names boldly printed. Accompanying these fruity depictions on the facing pages are rhyming riddles asking the reader to guess what the fruit is. The speckled banana is claimed to be shaped like a smile that is bright yellow, and in rhythmic verse, the reader is told to remove its peel for a soft, tropical meal. Let the child guess what fruit resembles a blue colored marble, or which plant has red watery flesh, and grows on a long, green vine. Think of the citrus, so orange bright and a lover of daylight. Children will have fun mimicking the melodious words while dreaming of the colorful fruits, while their imaginative tongues sample the fruits’ delightful textures and flavors. As an educational tool, this little book provides a colorful introduction to the foods we eat, along with a nourishing supply of imaginative language.

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.

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