Books by Don Dyen

BENJAMIN AND THE WORD by Daniel A. Olivas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2005

When Benjamin defeats his friend James in a game at school, James calls him a name, the "word" of the title. While the name itself is never mentioned, Benjamin's talk with his father about his hurt feelings makes it clear that James has insulted Benjamin because his heritage is mixed: half-Russian Jew, half-Mexican. The father-son relationship and their discussions—coming only as Benjamin is ready to talk—are warm and open, and Benjamin's conclusion that he still wants James to be his friend is encouraging and believable. Dyen's illustrations feature background washes, small and large, overlain with penciled details and outlines, creating an expressive realism. A quiet look at prejudice, forgiveness and friendship. (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >