Ben and the Scaredy-Dog
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Ben and the Scaredy-Dog
Illustrated by Kim La Fave
Picture Book for Children Ages 3-6
List Price: $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD
HC with dust jacket & reinforced trade binding
Trim Size: 20.32 x 25.4 cm / 8 x 10 in
Canadian Publication Date: April 20, 2018
U.S. Publication Date: June 15, 2018
Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services
Ben is afraid of dogs, even his new neighbor’s old scaredy-dog, Max. Can big, brave Ben overcome his fear and make a new kind of friend?
New neighbors are moving in across the street and Ben can’t wait to say hello and make friends with their daughter, Erv. That is, until he notices that this family has a pet dog. Dogs make Ben nervous. But when Ben is brave enough to go visit, he learns that Max is an “old scaredy-dog” who is afraid of things, too. Can Ben overcome his fear and make a new kind of friend?
“This picture book dovetails nicely with the anxiety theme in Ben Overnight (2005) as well as events in Ben Says Goodbye (2016)…The precisely worded text uses dialogue well while revealing Ben’s thoughts through the concise narration. The artwork expresses Ben’s emotions with finesse and captures the story’s gentle humor. A fine read-aloud choice, this Canadian picture book will have broad appeal for young children.”—Booklist
“Ben’s fear of dogs is sensitively portrayed in a text that skillfully interweaves exposition, questions, and dialogue, with Ben’s internal musings set in italics. Amusing illustrations in watercolor and ink make effective use of heavy outlines and copious white space for a clean, contemporary look. Another successful outing in a winning series, with lots of room for more adventures for Ben and his new friends Erv and Max.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Kim LaFave is an illustrator with a focus of paint, pencil and digital media. His images in Ben and the Scaredy-Dog are beautiful. The feelings of fear and uneasiness are clearly depicted on Ben’s face. The illustrations, by also showing body language, add another element to the story….A fear of dogs is common, but learning to cope with this fear is very important. Ben’s bravery is to be commended, and he provides a great example of overcoming a fear….Ben and the Scaredy-Dog will contribute greatly to story times in the library, classroom or at home. Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine