Benji wants a doll more than anything in the world. When he finally gets one, he can´t wait to take it to the park to show his friends… An up-lifting story which reminds us that there are no toys for boys or toys for girls – there are just toys. By the authors of I Love My Colorful Nails, Alicia Acosta and Luis Amavisca.
Find it in Spanish as La muñeca de Lucas.
- Picture Books
- Years: +4 years
- Size: 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 in
- Product Form: Hardback
- Pages: 40
- ISBN: 978-84-18133-40-4
- $ 16,99 / 15,90 €
Facial features are exaggerated in this Spanish import—eyes are large, noses upturned, ears stick out—but no one exudes a more toothy joy than Benji when his wish for a doll finally comes true. Though slight on story, it’s big on heart and makes for a long-overdue replacement for the venerable William’s Doll, by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by William Pène Du Bois (1972). Friendship trumps gender norms.
Charming, original, entertaining, and with a positive gender message, “Benji’s Doll” is very highly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.
This is laugh-out-loud funny, and just the right ending. VERDICT: With highly comic illustrations, children with good hearts, and a happy ending, this is not just another doll story.
Many useful concepts are modeled in this brightly illustrated story, including allowing children to form their own identities and interests, learning to resolve simple conflicts, and admitting to mistakes.
Goofy expressions dominate the colored-pencil illustrations of this chipper and encouraging tale.