What’s it about?
A collection of stories about a bumbling husband named Benglam and the antics of idiocy he gets up to.
What did I think of it?
First and foremost, if you have “Ten wonderful illustrated stories inside” then I expect that your book will contain, you know, actual illustrations! There was not one single picture/drawing to be found inside the cover. Not one. So the author gets a mark-down right away for blatantly lying about the contents of the book.
Second, its fairly obvious that this book has never been professionally edited, and it desperately needs it. There are errors in basically every story that could have easily been caught by almost anyone who speaks English as a first language. Pretty sure even my six year old could identify some of the words that need to be fixed. So, it definitely needs looked at professionally. Seriously. Part of me feels bad about ragging on this since it seems fairly obvious the author doesn’t speak English as a first language, but if I were going to try to write a book in a language that I wasn’t completely familiar with then I would do my best to make sure someone who is intimately acquainted with the language looked it over first!
…and finally… finally. Okay, so I’m willing to admit that part of this could be cultural differences. What completely, utterly turned me off in this book may not be a bad thing at all in the culture of the author. I don’t know. I don’t know that culture. With that disclaimer made: A story about a guy who accidentally kills his own baby, goes to bury the corpse – drops it – buries the mat the corpse was buried in without realizing there was no baby body inside, finds the corpse on his way back to the village, doesn’t recognize it, and comforts himself with the thought that least he’s not the only one with a dead baby does.not. belong.in. a. kids. book. Its not amusing. Not even a little tiny bit.
I am so completely and utterly irritated by this book. I never thought I’d willingly give a kids book a 1 Cool-thulhu rating. For the record, this is only the second 1 Cool-thulhu rating this site has ever given out. That should tell you something!
Title: The Stories of Benglam | Author: David Ruiva | Publisher: Self-published | Pub. Date: 2016-1-7 | Pages: 24 | ASIN: B01AC0Y87S | Genre: Children’s Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: Accidental infant death | Rating: 1 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-1-16 | Source: Kindle Promo | Available on Kindle Unlimited? Yes.