Get Off That Camel! – A.H. Benjamin, illustrated by Krishna Bala Shenoi

       Get Off That Camel! – A.H. Benjamin, illustrated by Krishna Bala Shenoi, Karadi Tales, 9788193903315, 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Picture

What did you like about the book?  The story itself is cute — but not remarkable. A young girl has always had a stuffed camel or a toy camel by her side since she was an infant. One day, her parents surprise her by giving her a real camel. She is so overjoyed that she decides to never get off this camel. And she doesn’t – she rides it to school, to the market, the swimming pool, the park, basically everywhere she goes. Her parents become very worried and take her to see the doctor. He informs them that their daughter is OK but the camel is not. The camel is completely exhausted from carrying the girl all over town. For the sake of her friend, she releases the camel to a sanctuary and promises to visit and only go on a few rides.

What I did like about this book is that there are subtle hints that the story takes place in possibly the Middle East or the family is from that area. This is seen mainly in the clothing of the adults in the story. This seems like a nice touch to expose young children to other cultures.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book?  Perfect for children between the ages of three and six.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycares, anyone that works with children between the ages of three and six.

Where would you shelve it? Picture

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes and No. The story is OK but it is nice to have a book on the shelf that represents different cultures.

Reviewer  Kristin Guay, former youth librarian

Date of review: June 19, 2019


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