Celebrity Reader Spotlight: JIM BENTON
May 2, 2022
10:00 am -
Reading from Franny K. Stein – Mood Science
CLYDE is an all-new original graphic novel published by Yoe Books and IDW/Penguin-Random House. School Library Journal says Clyde “…will draw in both robust and emerging readers, and frequent action scenes will compel all readers to keep turning pages…they will cheer when Clyde saves the day…recommended for most public and elementary school libraries.” This title was recently shortlisted for an Excelsior award.
Attack of the Stuff, The Life and Times of Bill Waddler, is about an unlikely hero that can hear inanimate objects, but only their complaints. School Library Journal says it’s “…a winning mix of the surreal and the mundane.”
Comet The Unstoppable Reindeer is a new Holiday picture book from Two Lions (Amazon). “Along with being lit up by themes of caring for others and shouldering responsibility, this hilarious seasonal outing offers great read-aloud potential for its regular but natural-sounding metrics and rhyme.” – Booklist Starred Review
Franny K. Stein is back! Bad Hair Day was released in 2019, Recipe for Disaster in 2020, and Mood Science in 2021 with Simon & Schuster.
Six CATWAD full color graphic novels are published with Scholastic/Graphix. Kirkus Reviews says that “…it’s sketch-comedy nonsense, but preteens will be onboard immediately and asking for the next volume at the close of this short collection.”
Jim is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Society of Chlidren’s Books Writers and Illustrators, the National Cartoonists Society, and The Society of Illustrators. He has also contributed to The Licensing Book, Writer’s Digest Magazine, Reader’s Digest Magazine, Kidscreen Magazine, Dark Horse Presents, MAD Magazine, The New Yorker and was a joke writer for Illumination’s Secret Life of Pets 2.
Jim is the creator of It’s Happy Bunny, the licensing hit that has generated over a 3/4 of a billion dollars at retail.
The It’s Happy Bunny books from Scholastic have been chosen three times by the American Librarians Association as their top picks for teen readers, and It’s Happy Bunny programs have taken top awards from the Licensing Industry Merchandise Association, five times.
The Partnership for a Drug-Free-America asked Jim to develop an anti-drug program for middle school kids. The program was a big success, winning three Addy awards and a Governor’s Award.
This obnoxious bunny has transitioned into successful programs for toddlers, maternity, holidays, and even as a spokesperson for the McGrath Foundation, the leading breast cancer awareness organization in Australia.
Jim’s book series from Scholastic, DEAR DUMB DIARY has sold almost nine million books, and three recent titles in the series have been New York Times Bestsellers.
Published in eighteen languages, DEAR DUMB DIARY has been produced (by Jerry Zucker and Zucker Productions) as a made for television movie, that aired on Hallmark Channel in 2013. The movie was also nominated for a 2014 Kidscreen award.
Jim’s series FRANNY K. STEIN, published by Simon & Schuster, has sold over a million books, and is now on the seventh book in the series.
The Fran That Time Forgot was selected as one of two winners of the Eleanor Cameron Award, an award given by the Golden Duck Award Committee annually for the Best Science Fiction Book for (Middle Grade) Children.
Franny K. Stein was also named one of The Year’s Ten Hottest Hotties by The National Enquirer, making her the only fictional character in a list of much-admired women that also includes Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Pink, and Queen Latifah. Go figure.
Frantastic Voyage was nominated as one of five books in the Humor category for the Disney Adventures 8th Annual Book Award, and Lunch Walks Among Us won a Gryphon Honors award.
Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff like That. And Cats. is a collection of Jim’s web cartoons, compiled by NBM Publishing. The book debuted at the San Diego Comic-Con in July of 2014 and has been nominated for a 2015 Eisner Award.
The End (Almost) is a new picture book from Scholastic that is great for 3-5 year olds who donut want their favorite story to reach The End. This title is also a Gold Winner of the National Parenting Publications Awards.
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Jim Benton Reading from Franny K. Stein – Mood Science CLYDE is an all-new original graphic novel published by Yoe Books and IDW/Penguin-Random House. School Library Journal says Clyde “…will draw in both robust and emerging readers, and frequent action scenes will compel all readers to keep turning pages…they will cheer when Clyde saves the day…recommended for most public and elementary school libraries.” This title was recently shortlisted for an Excelsior award. Attack of the Stuff, The Life and Times…