Wednesday, June 28, 2017

SOR Picture Book Review: Benji and the 24 Pound Banana Squash by Alan Fox Illustrated by Eefje Kuijl

I saw this book on *Netgalley and fell in love with the cover so I just had to go ahead and add it to the pile of books I'm reading this summer

Benji saved some seeds last year from a banana squash and has waited a very long time to plant them. Over several weeks and months he lovingly tends to his plant till finally, it is ready to be picked and eaten. 

This was a cute book and I can see many children enjoying it especially those who are interested in plants and gardening. I like that it was a boy who was doing the planting as way too often our society seems to think of gardening as a girl thing. 

I'll be honest I've never had banana squash before and after reading this book I had to look up some recipes and I think I very well may give it a go!

The highlight of this book though is the illustrations. They are gorgeous and there are so many great little and hidden details. Among my favorites was the mouse lounging on a pillow while eating berries. 

4 out of 5 stars.

*I received a free ecopy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. This in no way influenced my review.

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