Children’s Book Giveaway: Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue.
November 30, 2010

Okay, little known fact about me: I love miniatures.  Ships in a bottle, dollhouses, to-scale movie sets…you name it, I love it.  When I lived in France, a friend and I spent the better part of a day getting lost in a miniatures museum.  Quite honestly, I enjoyed it more than I liked the Louvre.  I don’t build or collect miniatures myself, but there is something about them that fascinates me.

I think you probably want that little disclaimer before I introduce you to this week’s book: Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue, written by Molly Coxe and photographed by Olivier Toppin.  I am enthralled by this book.  I think it’s brilliant, I love its attention to detail, I adore its protagonists…and of course I am enamored of the illustrations.

Because the illustrations are photographs.

Of miniatures.

Oh, be still my heart.

All in all, Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue is a very charming and engaging book.  It tells the story of Benjamin Middlemouse and his elephant pal Bumper who embark on a daring adventure to find Benjamin’s mother when she goes missing.  After searching high and low, they must work together to rescue her from the evil Sir Pouncealot.  And there’s just something about it, something whimsical and clever and fun and beautiful, that I cannot get enough of.

Pros: Miniatures!  Also, and I admit that I got this idea from a librarian, but it really lends itself well to make-believe and puppet play.  Finger puppet mice, anyone?  Last but not least, I appreciate the values that Benjamin and Bumper demonstrate throughout the story.  They prize community and show friendship, courage, persistence, and creativity, all of which are values I love seeing cast in a positive light.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy!  Buy!  Buy!  (You won’t be disappointed.)  (I hope.)  (If you are, it’s okay.  We can still be friends.  Even though you’re all weird and stuff.)

What to do: You can enter this giveaway by leaving a comment below or sending me an e-mail answering this: what is something not many people know about you?  All you need is an e-mail address.  The giveaway ends Sunday evening at 9 P.M. Pacific Time.  You can leave one entry every day, for a total of up to six entries.

To purchase this book: You can buy Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue through Amazon.com (that link uses my affiliate code) or locate a local retailer through Indie Bound.org.


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  1. By on November 30, 2010

    This book looks great!

    Hmmm… I always dread watching movies. I might like it once it gets started, but before it gets going, I always feel dread. It seems like such a long time to waste if I don’t like it.

  2. By on November 30, 2010

    did you live in Lyon ? i love this city, especially le vieux Lyon.. and i love that museum too !!

    hm. here’s something most people don’t know about me: i’m covered in tattoos under my clothes.

  3. By on November 30, 2010

    A secret not many people know about me…that’s a tough one since I’m generally a pretty open book type person.  I know - teenagers scare me.  Even though my son will be one someday (13 years…he’s 5 months old) they seem so unpredictable.  Scary.

  4. By on November 30, 2010

    This book looks adorable!

    Something most people don’t know about me? Hm. I dream of being an author. I see stories everywhere. In everything. Around anything.

  5. By Dana on November 30, 2010

    what a great looking book!

  6. By Julie on November 30, 2010

    It sounds like a wonderful book.
    Something no one really knows? I would love to be a photographer…or a writer…or a performer. :)

  7. By Erin Baum on November 30, 2010

    sounds like a fun book. something no one knows about me…i’m an open book like Marie so this one is hard, but I’m gonna go with my desire to have twins (yes, i may be a bit crazy in the head). i do not have children yet. :-)

  8. By on November 30, 2010

    Don’t enter me for this giveaway because we already own this book!  Like you, I got it for the illustrations/photos, too!  They are simply adorable!  Cute story, but the illustrations are what really make this book!  Another book you’d probably like is “The Secret World of Teddy Bears” (out of print, but many used copies available).  It uses a similar concept for the illustrations and has adorable poems about what teddy bears get up to when humans are not around!

  9. By beyond on November 30, 2010

    something people don’t know (anymore): i still haven’t given up on my acting dreams…

  10. By Kimberly o'Rosky on November 30, 2010

    What a unique book. Sounds adorable. I look forward to your recommendations every Tuesday. You need a theme song like Reading Rainbow ;) I’m pretty open about everything but people are often shocked to learn that I don’t eat red meat - haven’t in 8 years. You should see the confused looks on everyones face when they do find out. Especially being from Texas where there are numerous steakhouses.

  11. By Michelle on November 30, 2010

    I think that most people don’t know I have my belly button pierced…nor that I fainted when I got it done. :-)

  12. By on November 30, 2010

    Cute book! Something nobody knows… I often think about getting pregnant with a baby girl, even though I have two beautiful boys and we’re done having babies!

  13. By Lindsay on November 30, 2010

    At the moment, something most people don’t know about me: I’m pregnant! Seven weeks, five days along as today and it’s been so hard keeping it a secret from so many!

  14. By on November 30, 2010

    Great book thanks, Sarah. What do they not know about me: That under this workaholism there is a mellow, laid back, even lazy woman.

  15. By on December 01, 2010

    What an adorable book!  Hmm, something about me not many people know:  if I ever got in a car accident, I would want it to stop highway traffic for hours each way.  Sick, I know, but some weird side of me would want the accident to be really serious (but not too serious! no deaths!).

  16. By on December 01, 2010

    hm. Another thing people don’t know about me? Sometimes I pretend that I am someone prestigious and important when I am nervous, to try and keep myself calm.


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