Ben loves to draw and does so in all of his classes, but his drawings of people are so good he is afraid to let his classmates see them, until the day he loses his notebook and his talent is revealed.
This book shows the best example of a teacher who sees potential in a student and encourages him in the right direction rather than immediately seeing a reason to punish him. I love the confidence it builds in the student and the fun story that gets us there.
Ben Draws Trouble is a cute story about an artistic boy who loves to draw sketches of people he meets. Ben’s sketches are pretty accurate, and it’s pretty clear that means they aren’t always flattering. The best part of this book is the surprise ending. Just when readers think Ben is in some serious trouble headed toward the principal’s office, the story takes a fantastic detour and strolls right on past the trouble. The illustrations are extraordinary, which comes as little surprise when you consider they are the work of Matt Davies, Newsday’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist known for his political cartoons.
Born in London, England, Matt Davies moved to the U.S. in 1983. He 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. Ben Rides On is his first book for young readers.