Kid Lit: Benji and the 24 Pound Banana Squash

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Published on August 1, 2017.

Goodreads Summary:
With all his might Benji puts some seeds into the earth. Eagerly he follows the progress of growing. He lays in the sun beside his banana squash. He smells it, touches it, and puts sticks in the ground to measure how big it gets. A simple story that opens up children’s eyes to one of nature’s smallest and at the same time biggest wonders.

My Thoughts:
In this story Benji is excited to grow a banana squash from the seeds he saved last fall. He’s determined to grow the largest squash ever, but he doesn’t realize that it will take many months for the plant to grow. Together with his mom, he plants the seeds and checks every day to see the progress. He’s excitement when the plant sprouts is infectious. He meticulously measures the squash when it begins to grow. He wants to keep it forever and ever, but his dad takes a picture and then cooks up the squash for the family to enjoy.

This book is super cute. There are a lot of life cycle books for pumpkins, but this one is original being that it’s about a squash. Also, no other book is told with quite as much excitement. Kids, ages 4-8, will enjoy watching the plant and squash grow right along side Benji. Likely, they will want to grow their own squash or similar plant.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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