Publication Date: March 2006
List Price: $15.95*
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Ben is scared of everything: of the girl who cuts in front of him at the bakery, of people in the street who laugh at his favorite pair of flowered overalls, and especially of the spook underneath his bed. In his search for help with his problem, Ben finds that hi is braver than he thought.
Mies van Hout (1962) studied at the Arts Academy in Groningen, where she majored in graphic design. She has been working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer since 1989. Over the years, she illustrated quite a lot of children's books. Her illustrations are cheerful and witty, painted skillfully and distinctly. Her books with Lemniscaat include Happy, Friends, and Surprise--all earned starred reviews.
School of Library Journal
"While the fun and quirky text will keep readers and listeners engaged, the illustrations truly bring the story to life. Irresistibly detailed cartoon characters in black outlines pop out of the fuzzy, rich-toned background paintings, creating pages that readers will want to pore over. ... Ben's story is a delightful one."
"Visually striking. ... The double-page paintings will read well from a distance, with elements that garner both goosebumps and giggles (a dragon wears a Band-Aid; a witch sports pink houseslippers). Try this in the context of classroom discussions of emotions."
"Muted watercolors full of quirky details. ... Wry... with a nice lesson."