Ben and Zip: Two Short Friends by Joanne Linden
|April 15, 2014||Posted by Gillian Chapple under Adventure, Children's Lit, Picture Book|
Ben and Zip are best friends forever who like nothing better than strolling along the boardwalk. One day whilst walking, a sudden shower blows in. Frightened by the thunder, Zip bolts into the crowd. What will happen next? Will Ben find his friend?
I read this book with my 7 year old son (well, he read it to me) and we enjoyed the story and laughed out loud at the illustrations. The story follows two friends – Ben and Zip – on a day out on the boardwalk. The illustrations both inside and outside the book clearly outlined what a boardwalk might look like and all the activity that would take place on a warm summer’s day.
A thunder storm blows in and Zip is scared away. Ben can’t find him anywhere and sets out to find him. His quest to find his best friend is told in a very funny way and from the perspective of a small boy who is shorter than everyone else on the boardwalk. The author describes, in hilarious fashion, what you might see from that angle — knees and bellies!
Along Ben’s journey, the author allows you to imagine the side stalls, the games, the prizes, the food, and the band playing on the boardwalk.
Follow Ben until he finds Zip and marvel at the surprising conclusion! Clever, funny, and descriptive, this book would be ideal for pre-schoolers up to Grade 2. Adults will enjoy it too and will perhaps be transported to a time when they were eye level with people’s bellies!
To learn more about Ben and Zip, click here!