Our Dog Benji written by Pete Carter, illustrated by James Henderson (EK Books) HB RRP $19.99 ISBN 978-1-925335-33-0
Reviewed by Elizabeth Vercoe
This picture book pays homage to Benji, a much-loved family dog who happily gorges on daffodils, bones, avocadoes and any morsels passed to him under the table.
“Every morning, he hurries to the kitchen in case the fridge suddenly exploded overnight.”
Benji’s young owner is much more selective than his canine friend about food. He can’t quite understand that Benji doesn’t seem to care what he eats.
As we travel through the engaging text with its gorgeous, detailed, duotone illustrations, we see Benji’s exploits both at home and further afield. His adventures are warm, funny and totally relatable. I particularly love the page where the family find him sitting on a builder’s knee, sharing homemade sandwiches.
Through the course of this charming book we watch as the tables turn and the child becomes a little more adventurous about eating.
A delightful hardcover book, Our Dog Benji is an endearing tale that will appeal to children and adults alike – and to lovers of food, dogs and whimsy.
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