Move over Sandra Boynton, Jim Benton is bringing his own take on adorable board books for the 1-3 crowd. You may know Jim Benton as the author and illustrator of the Dear Dumb Diary series. Or maybe you know Franny K Stein and her antics. After these successful books for elementary age children, Jim Benton released four new board books through Scholastic in January.
As Scott and I read these books through together for the first time we were both in a fit of giggles. At the end of almost every page Scott asked to read the whole book again when we were finished with it. And they were just as funny and clever the second time through, too.
But even better, these books are the perfect level for my first grade reader! She read all the books to us after school. It was so fun to have all the kids piled around and on me while listening to Ellie read book after book to us. I loved seeing her experience these books for the first time. She stopped at each new page to take in the pictures before reading the words. I loved her little giggles as the stories unfolded. Also, I loved Scott chiming in on the lines he remembered, trying to spit them out before Ellie could finish the sentence.
New Board Books from Jim Benton
Five Stinky Socks is the tale of an adorable monster finding his socks in a variety of places, all of which are very silly, stinky, and totally relatable to young children. But the reason why he’s willing to wear stinky socks is my new favorite ending to a board book. Read more reviews on Amazon.
Piggy Paints is full of the grand artistic plans of a little piggy. The pages showcase the creative process of young artists whether the canvas is big or little. Ellie loved the finished pictures revealed at the end of the book. They would easily be adapted to some fun craft projects for you little artist. Learn more on Amazon.
Where’s My Fnurgle? is a search for an imaginary friend. It wasn’t until our second read through of this book that I really got it. Then we had fun looking on each page for the fnurgle who is never where the words say he should be. Read more reviews on Amazon.
Robot Kitties looks totally adorable! Unfortunately we received two copies of Where’s My Fnurgle and not a copy of Robot Kitties. Look inside this book on Amazon.
I guess that means a little giveaway is in order! Just leave a comment and I’ll randomly choose one to receive our extra copy of Where’s My Fnurgle? I’ll email the winner on Tues, March 10, 2015.