Books by Ben Hodson

SEE FRED RUN by Kevin Bolger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Like Dick and Jane, Ed and Fred provide a way to practice a boring but necessary beginning reading skill. It's too bad their narrator is not as nice as Dick and Jane's. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Bolger works hard to tell a story with just 59 words—something of a feat. Read full book review >
FUN WITH ED AND FRED by Kevin Bolger
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 2016

" The book lacks the friendly wit of Dr. Seuss' and Mo Willems' early readers, but it's a useful resource for both children learning to read and adult English language learners, if heavy on the slapstick. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Following Lazy Bear, Crazy Bear and Gran on a Fan (both 2015), Bolger and Hodson shift focus from phonics to introduce children to different sight words and sentences that provide the basic building blocks for independent reading. Read full book review >
LAZY BEAR, CRAZY BEAR by Kevin Bolger
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 23, 2015

"Both this title and its companion are good for reinforcing word families and building reading confidence, but sometimes a phonics book is just a phonics book. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Bolger and Hodson explore phonics in cartoon form. Read full book review >
RICHARD WAS A PICKER by Carolyn Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Booger Boy, as the neighbors not-so-affectionately call him, is unable to stop his horrible habit. Richard even creates elaborate snot-nosed dioramas with his strands of green glop. His nasty nose-picking fascination turns disastrous, though, when his finger permanently sticks up his nose and the rest of his body follows suit. The child-turned-giant-blob-of-mucus rolls through the town, collecting objects, pets and even a baby in his uncontrolled slime and attracting an angry mob. A nearby shop's spicy aroma produces a welcome sneeze, spewing out the drenched youngster and resulting in a yucky comeuppance for the harpoon-carrying locals. Though uninspired, the rhyming text clearly bounces along. "He looked like a booger, / a big gloopy blob, / an ooey, gluey goobery glob." Bright acrylic-and-colored-pencil spreads frame stocky cartoon sketches; round, googly eyes dominate each face. Saturated in disgusting descriptions, this vile offering pointedly targets boys of a certain age, and the gross-out humor will surely elicit plenty of eews along the way. Mission accomplished. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

Earning high marks for vivid imagery, Boutilier replaces stubbornly persistent fancy with at least as memorable fact for ten common animals: No, bats aren't blind, and furthermore, "the tiny hog-nosed bat weighs only about as much as a dime, while the large flying fox bat has a wingspan as wide as a child's bed." No, spiders don't like to bite people, but they do have an all-liquid diet, "drinking their meals in the form of a chunky soup or smoothie!" Supported by a mix of small color photos, jocular cartoons and close-up, accurately detailed portraits (the last all labeled in a visual key at the end), these lively excursions into the natural world will leave young readers with clearer views of how supposedly familiar animals really look, behave and for the most part, play beneficial roles. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)Read full book review >