Benji and the Giant Kite

Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)


In a small shop, Benji sees a beautiful kite. It’s huge and it’s bright orange. But the kite is also very expensive. Benji takes on all kinds of jobs to earn the money to buy it . . . Then finally, the day comes he can fly the kite.


An inspiring picture book about ambition, perseverance, and kite-flying. For aviators ages 4 and up.

  • Hardcover with jacket
  • 32 pages
  • 9.84 x 10.20
  • ISBN: 9781605374031

6 reviews for Benji and the Giant Kite

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rogene Carter – Educator (NetGalley)

    A beautifully illustrated and told tale of triumph against adversity. One that I shan’t forget soon.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julie Valora – Librarian

    I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    I loved this book. The illustrations were colorful and beautiful. I loved all the pictures of kites. It sent a good message about working for things that we want and also learning to deal with it when we lose something. I highly recommend this book.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Panton – Reviewer (NetGalley)

    It seems Benji is obsessed with kites of all shapes and sizes.

    “Benji loved purple skies, sunset skies, cloudy skies, blue skies, and kite skies.

    Especially kite skies. ”

    He eagerly saves his allowance each week to purchase kites and twine at the local toy store in his town. Unfortunately each of those kites meet some dreadful fate forcing Benji to go back again and again for another one. Oh my!

    One day while visiting the store with his mom he spots a HUGE orange, diamond-shaped kite and he knows he must have it. Mom reminds him that he has already spent his allowance and the kite is expensive so out-of-the question to buy. Determined to have it Benji volunteers to weed the garden to pay for the kite. Mom thinks that’s a good idea and agrees to his offer. She buys the kite and tucks it away in the closet until Benji can gather enough “sweat equity” to pay off his debt.

    After two weeks of garden-tending Benji gets his beloved kite and off he goes to the beach to fly it high into the sky.

    It’s refreshing (and important) to send a message to our kids that perseverance and hard work pays off. Mom is so right to teach Benji a valuable life lesson about working hard to achieve a goal and the joyous feeling that is brings once that goal is reached.

    The illustrations are beautifully executed and power the simple text in the storyline. The surprise ending will generate some wonderful conversations about why Benji did what he did with his beloved kite. I like the book a lot and recommend it.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Paul Franco – Reviewer

    Benji loves the sky no matter what, but his favorite is kite sky. As expected, he loves kites as well, not only spending his entire allowance on them but even doing a type of layaway with his mom, weeding the garden.
    There’s a line that says the kite floated into the air like a dandelion seed, which is as beautiful as any imagery you’re likely to find in a children’s book. Even better, though kids won’t know the reference: “he was the kite whisperer.”
    He makes an interesting choice at the end, one which will have kids asking why and parents stumped for how to explain it.
    There are times when I say that a children’s book uses words that are too big for kids, but this is definitely a case where I can easily picture parents reading this aloud while holding it up for the pictures, rather than a kid reading it by themselves.
    3.5 pushed up to 4/5

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura Stearns – Reviewer (NetGalley)

    This is an excellent book that teaches kids to work hard for the things they want. Benji loves to fly kites. The author describes his experience with losing a new kite when it gets stuck in a tree. Benji earns his Giant Kite and finally gets to fly it at the beach. The illustrations are perfect. They are so gorgeous and realistic. I would happily read this story over and over to my kids because I love the illustrations so much!

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    SARAH Meade – Educator (NetGalley)

    I liked the writing of this book and the way it sounds when read aloud. I also liked the theme of working to earn what one wants. Benji is a sweet, simple character. I did think the end was a little sad.

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