Mini ARC Review: Quite a Mountain by Jim Benton

Title: Quite a Mountain: A Fable for All Ages
Author: Jim Benton (site)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Pages: 64
Release Date: 2nd May 2017
Edition: Digital ARC from NetGalley
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Award-winning cartoonist Jim Benton presents an all-ages book about following your dreams and the ups and downs of friendship. A bear and a frog decide to climb a mountain. The bear is determined to reach the top, but the frog isn’t so sure. When everyone says you’ve gone far enough, how do you decide to keep going? A whimsical journey of self-discovery, as well as a gentle look at the ups and downs of friendship, this inspirational book features the elegant art and gentle humor of cartoonist’s cartoonist Jim Benton.


*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This is a very, very short but interesting self-help book you can finish within minutes. The story follows Bear, who decides to climb a high mountain despite his friends’ advice. Written like a fable, the story is easy to read and comprehend. However, the message Benton is trying to convey has been told many times before, which makes the story very predictable. I also think it would be more enjoyable for young readers than adults because of the simple illustrations and storytelling.

Quite a Mountain is a feel-good story and a reminder for us to persevere and chase our dreams. It won’t hurt to read if you have a minute or two.


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