Review: I’d Punch a Lion in His Eye For You

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Author: Ben Wolf
Artist: Benjamin Lucas Powell
Publisher: Splickety Publishing Group
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Good parents love their children more than anything and want to show their children how much they love them. This is what Ben Wolf wants to convey in this story–and even to his own son. Ben has been gracious enough to let me read the ARC of his charming upcoming children’s book.

Storyline

I’d Punch a Lion in His Eye for You is a book for little boys about a father showing his son how much he cares for him on many adventures throughout the son’s life. When the son gets in trouble, the father defends him from three vicious predators to show his son how much he loves him. Here’s a hint: It’s a lot.

Content Guide

Spiritual content
None.
Violence/Scary Images
The only thing of note is the father beating up certain animals to protect his kid. But there isn’t anything really concerning about that, since the violence is no worse than Super Mario. The animals are all bandaged up on the back of the book.
Language/crude humor
None.
Sexual content
None.
Drug/alcohol use
None.
Other negative themes
None.
Positive Content
This is a clean tale about a father showing his son how much he loves him–even if that means battling terrifying beasts.

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Presentation

Ben’s book stars Ben in his classic outfits gallivanting through land and sea with his adorable son, Liam, as he grows up. The illustrations are fitting and I like how they are in the style of colored markers. This allows the art to be detailed, but still keeping a kid-friendly style. The colors are pleasing and I love the shading.
There are many eye-catching scenes of various animals such as crocodiles, a tyrannosaurus rex, and sea turtles. The book mentions these different sorts of animals so your child can learn about the different kinds. A sense of wonder from all of the foreign places will pull the child into the story.
The story is simplistic and easy to follow. Some of the words are a bit long for young kids, but it’s good for them to start building up a vocabulary early on. A young child can find it hard to understand the magnitude of a parent’s love, but in this story a child can visually see a parent’s devotion for them in a fun and engaging way. This is very on the mark on how God wants fathers to love their children. The story can easily be taken into a biblical discussion with your child.

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Conclusion

I’d Punch a Lion in His Eye for You is a cute story that shows the devotion of a father to his son. What with the dinosaurs, butt-kicking dad, and exciting adventures, it’s well-suited for young boys. If you would enjoy this story, consider contributing to the author’s kickstarter campaign to self-publish the book (The video embedded in the post will give you more information) so hundreds of sons can read this adorable tale.

Positives

+ Good Theme + Cute Moments + Unique and fitting illustrations

Negatives

- It isn't out yet!

The Bottom Line

I'd Punch a Lion in His Eye for You is a cute story that shows the devotion of a father to his son. What with the dinosaurs, butt-kicking dad, and exciting adventures, it's well-suited for young boys.

 

Story/Plot 7.5

Writing 7.6

Editing 8

Art 9

8

Victoria Grace Howell

Victoria Grace Howell is an artist and aspiring speculative fiction writer. She received Teen Writer of the Year in 2014 at the Florida Christian Writers Conference , a conference she attended since 2010, and the Believers Trust Award in 2015. When she's not writing her books or articles, she enjoys drawing her characters, playing the piano and practicing Kung Fu.

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