Ben Draws Trouble by Matt Davies


Ben Draws Trouble by Matt Davies

Ben loved drawing more than anything else in the world (with the possible exception of riding his bicycle). He drew boats as well as bicycles, sharks and spaceships. But most of all he loved drawing people. When Ben loses his sketchbook his world is turned upside down. Who will find it? And how will they react? Find out in this worthy successor to Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Matt Davies's first picture book, Ben Rides On.


Funny and exuberantly sweet. Kirkus Reviews *Davies's signature cartoon style is as hilarious as ever . . . This wonderful follow-up with especially appeal to young artists and fans of Ben's previous adventure, but it's a fun choice for everyone. School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW Ben draws during art class, but also during writing and math. His teachers don't always appreciate his offtopicpictures of sharks, spaceships, and dinosaurs. One afternoon, he loses his sketchbook. Distraught, Ben arrives at school the next morning and finds his classmates looking at his drawings. His teacher leafsthrough the book, lingering over an exaggerated portrait of himself. Next, he silently leads the boy to theauditorium, where he asks him to design the sets for the school play. The concluding illustration showsBen smiling as his 20-foot-tall sharks steal the show. Through the succinct text and emotionally chargedillustrations, children will feel Ben's panic and anguish over losing his sketchbook, his fear of punishmentfor the caricatures, and his satisfaction at the happy ending. The ink drawings, washed with gentle colors, are full of energy and expression. Davies, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, also wrote andillustrated Ben Rides On (2013), which features the same lovably scruffy character. Booklist

About the Author

Matt Davies was the recipient of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoons, the inaugural 2004 Herblock Prize, and the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He and his wife, Lucy, live in Wilton, Connecticut, with their three children. His first book, Ben Rides On, also about Ben Lukin, was called a great amusement for the bold and timid alike, in a starred review from Kirkus, as well as exceptional and exceptionally likable by School Library Journal.

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32 pages


Matt Davies
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First Second an imprint of Roaring Brook Press

Publication date

1st May 2015



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