A+ for Big Ben

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A+ for Big Ben

By Sarah Ellis
Illustrated by Kim La Fave
Board Book for Ages 2-5
ISBN: 978-1-927485-76-7
List Price: $9.95
Board Book
Trim Size: 16.51 x 20.32 cm / 6.5 x 8 inches
12 Spreads + Cover

Canadian Publication Date: May 15, 2015
U.S. Publication Date: May 1, 2015

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

If only Ben were old enough to get a report card with grades and comments like his older siblings, then he would feel “big” indeed.

His sister is a big kid in grade five. His brother is a big kid in grade three. Ben is a little kid in preschool. He can’t swim; he can’t use chopsticks; he can’t even see out of the car window. If only he could bring home a real report card like the older kids do, then Ben would be happy. But there are no report cards in preschool. Sometimes older siblings remember what it was like to be little, however, and Ben’s brother and sister are about to present Ben with his very own report card, grading him on all the activities that little brothers do best.

Award-winning author and illustrator Sarah Ellis and Kim La Fave team up to produce a book that is a triumph for little siblings everywhere. The engaging text, lively illustrations, and board book format are perfect for eager readers with little hands, big hearts, and bigger dreams.

Reviews
“This sweet and charmingly illustrated book takes seriously a preschooler’s need to feel that he is not left behind, while wittily defusing the reverence for grading that’s been creeping into elementary school culture.”—The New York Times

“Softly hued illustrations with crayon black outlines showcase a sweet family celebrating their abilities in this board book that is suited for shared reading, preferably while snuggled on someone’s lap.”—School Library Journal

“Loosely defined by rough, crayonlike lines, LaFave’s images have a swoopy, gestural quality; like Ellis’s text, they take a minimalist approach to the range of emotions Ben is feeling, from jealousy to disappointment and pride.”—Publishers Weekly

“This delightful short book perfectly encapsulates the trials and tribulations of being the baby of the family, all the while showing the special regard held toward him by the rest of the family.”—Resource Links

“The text of the story is simple, approachable, and strongly supported by the illustrations…The illustrations are also emotionally evocative…a charming story of growing up…Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine

“Sarah Ellis…has written a delightful story for youngest readers (ages 2-5)….Kim La Fave has added large, colourful illustrations that help make this a book that will be a favourite with any child who wants to be ‘like the big guys.’”—Winnipeg Free Press

“Governor-General’s Award winners, Sarah Ellis and Kim La Fave, weave their skills together, creating a truly charming tale. Ellis has a knack for capturing the emotions inherent in family dynamics… Gentle and sweet with a happy ending.”—National Reading Campaign

“Sarah Ellis’ story is simple and endearing and most parents would delight in the affection the siblings have for each other.  And Kim La Fave’s drawings mirror that simplicity and warmth in her colour choices, cow-licked hair, and soft lines in her characters.”—CanLit for LittleCanadians