Tryouts for Ben by Jean Cogdell

I have received a free e-copy of the book “Tryouts for Ben” by Jean Cogdell for son1 to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Tryouts For Ben by Jean Cogdell

Here is the book blurb.

Tryouts for Ben is a story for young readers who are bridging the gap from early readers to chapter books.

Are Benjamin’s parents right? Is he spending too much time alone and too much time playing video games? And what’s so bad about that? Why does he need to play a sport?

Don’t his parent understand that he’s terrible at sports? Ben would rather cheer on his big brother, the high school star athlete than let the whole world find out how really terrible he is.

But his parents are determined Ben will not spend the summer indoors. Will Ben’s summer end in humiliation as he fears or will he discover a new talent?

School summer holidays and Ben is planning to spend them on the swings and playing video games. But his parents have other ideas and each day take him to try a new sport. So he tries football, ice hockey, baseball, soccer and basketball, all with some disaster. However when he starts thinking about it, maybe they won’t be so bad with some practice. Perhaps the summer won’t be as bad as expected.

Here is son1’s video review.

Tryouts For Ben is available on Amazon, currently priced at £5.84 in paperback or £1.99 on Kindle. Son1 enjoyed this book, which at just 57 pages, is also great for those children at early reader stage. The story is aimed at American children, but it crosses the pond well. The only word we had to look up the meaning for was bleachers.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

18 thoughts on “Tryouts for Ben by Jean Cogdell

  1. Maya Russell

    I remember ‘bleachers’ were used in my school abroad – they are the tiered steps you sit on at the side of sports fields. Looks like quite a good book for young readers.


  2. Jean M. Cogdell

    Thank you and Son 1 for reviewing my book! I agree with your readers, it is important to have print books for kids to touch and feel but kids are becoming more and more tech savy so it’s great to make books are available in both. Thank you again for taking the time to read and review my book.


    1. mumjd Post author

      We’ve only done a few. A Spoonful of Stew in Zanzibar Zoo which we reviewed a couple of years ago would appeal to your age children. I think it is important to still have plenty of paper books for children.



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