by AH Benjamin
Illustrated by: Krishna Bala Shenoi
Published on: October 1, 2019
Getting your favorite pet animal for a birthday is awesome. But in this story, Meena and her new pet camel become inseparable, which causes a few problems…
From the time Meena was a baby, she’s been obsessed with camels. This fixation only becomes stronger when she’s gifted a real camel for her birthday! Absolutely thrilled with her new pet, Meena simply refuses to get off that camel! This delightful story by veteran children’s author A.H. Benjamin is accompanied by Krishna Bala Shenoi’s vibrant, colorful illustrations, and promises to take readers on a ride they’ll never forget.
A cute story about a little girl who was given a stuffed animal when she was a baby and fell in love. But when she gets a real one for her birthday it becomes an obsession. Meena goes from place to place never getting off her camel until her parents have had enough and start telling her to “Get off that camel!”
The illustrations in this story are clean and crisp and are fun to look at as Meena sits on her camel while eating, taking a bath, swimming, or watching a movie at the local movie theater (I’d hate to be the one sitting behind her). Although the story is cute, I do think there was a transition missing from Meena sitting on the camel too much to her parents telling her to get off. Something along the lines of one or two sentence saying her parents were growing frustrated or the destruction of the house was becoming an issue. The phrase just seemed to show up without seeing anything within the story about how there was a concern. Other than one moment, I found the rest of the book to be very adorable.
At the end of the story are a couple of pages with fun facts about camels, such as how many eyelids that have and how long they typically live.
Ratings: 4 stars
Thanks to Netgalley, Myrick Marketing and Media, LLC and Karadi Tales Picturebooks for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.