A wonderful and captivating children’s book that deals with a highly important issue occupying the minds of so many children: the need to be like everyone else.
Aryeh Ben-Naim doesn’t like his name anymore.
All the kids around him have regular names, and only he has the name of an eighty-year-old grandfather. It isn’t a nice feeling.
So his grandfather, whose name is also Aryeh Ben-Naim, takes him on a journey to acquaint him with his roots and all the Aryehs of the family: Aryeh Ben-Naim the ship captain, Aryeh Ben-Naim the boxer, and all the other Aryehs who kept his special name.
2020 | 48 pp. | Ages 3-7 | English translation available | Rights sold: Hebrew
55,000 copies has been sold in Israel small market
“A wonderful and captivating children’s book that deals with a highly important issue occupying the minds of so many children: the need to be like everyone else. My daughter enjoyed the book immensely, loved Aryeh and identified with him. We loved Shahar Kober’s illustrations, which are colorful and dazzling, and I am certain that it will continue to accompany us along the way, as it is a book that I find important to read to my daughter.”
– Noa Holtzer, The Book Parliament
“The book is free-flowing and rhymed, and manages to elegantly tackle subjects such as being different and self-acceptance, as well as the importance of our family lineage. The illustrations by award-winning illustrator Shahar Kober abound in humor and expression, and this book can easily join the excellent book collection he already boasts.”
– Maya Maytav, YNET, news website
The illustrations in the book are full of humor and complement the text wonderfully. It is a joy to read to children and adults alike.” – Meira Barnea Goldberg, Mako, news bebsite
Nevo Ziv is an author, playwright, and journalist of the largest circulation daily newspaper in Israel. His stories for children suggest unique points of view and recieve heaps of prais. His play for children won 2 prizes at the international festival of Children’s theater in Israel. His script for children is currently in production. His first book Grandpa’s Back Blocks Everything was selected forthe school book list by The Ministry of Education, and won prizes.
Shahar Kober is an international illustrator and art director who has won numerous awards. His works are published in the US, UK, France, Germany, Australia, South Korea and Israel. His clients include: HarperCollins US, Scholastic Books US, Usborne Publishing UK, Egmont publishing UK, Little Tiger Press UK.
Selected awards: Communication Arts Illustration Award of Excellence, 3×3 Magazine Book Show Merit Award, Sydney Taylor Honor Award, iJungle Merit Award.