AWARDS AND HONORS:

Eisner Award nomination, 2015 for
Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats.

Eisner Award nomination, 2017, for
Man, I Hate Cursive: Cartoons for People and Advanced Bears.

Earphones Award, AudioFile, for
Victor Shmud, Total Expert: Let's Do A Thing!

Gold Winner, National Parenting Publications Awards, 2014, for
The End (Almost)

Gryphon Honors selection, 2004, for
Lunch Walks Among Us

American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2006
It's Happy Bunny: Love Bites and It's Happy Bunny: Life. Get One.

American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2007, for
It's Happy Bunny: What's Your Sign?

American Library Association Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers designation,
It's Happy Bunny: Life. Get One.

Eleanor Cameron Award, 2006, for
The Fran That Time Forgot

Reuben Award nomination, National Cartoonist Society, 2008 for
Cherise the Niece

Reuben Award, National Cartoonist Society, 2010, for greeting cards

Reuben Award, National Cartoonist Society, 2015, for greeting cards

Best Art Brand License of the Year, Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association, 2004 for "It's Happy Bunny"

Best Character Brand Licensee of the Year (Soft Goods), Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association, 2005 for "It's Happy Bunny"

Best Character Brand Licensee of the Year (Hard Goods), Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association, 2005 for "It's Happy Bunny"

Character Brand License of the Year, Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association, 2007 for "It's Happy Bunny"

Can Adults Become Human?, The Problem with Here Is That It's Where I'm From, and Never Underestimate Your Dumbness all made the New York Times Bestseller list.

Silver awards for Public Service Campaign and Public Service Direct Marketing and a Bronze award for Public Service Poster, 2007 "It's Happy Bunny Drug Free Campaign"

Merit Award for Licensing Creativity, 2008, for "Drug-Free Bunny"

Best One-off, Special, or TV Movie nomination, Kidscreen awards, 2013, for "Dear Dumb Diary," a made for TV musical based on the book series, co-written and produced by Jim Benton

Franny K. Stein made that list as one of 30 Book Box Sets Starring Mighty Girls - amightygirl.com

Franny K. Stein is listed as one of The Year's Ten Hottest Hotties by The National Enquirer, making her the only fictional character in a list of much-admired women.

Where's my Fnurlge? made the Librarians' List as one of the Best Books to Give at a Baby Shower - sturdyforcommonthings.com

The End (Almost) made the 2014 list of 20 Terrific Books to Read with your Kids This Spring.

The cover piece from Man,
I Hate Cursive was also selected as part of the Comic and Cartoon Art Annual at the Society of Illustrators Gallery and Museum in New York City in 2016.

WHAT SOME CRITICS HAVE SAID ABOUT JIM BENTON:

"Jim Benton is a comic genius and a brilliant cartoonist." - Dav Pilkey, Author of Captain Underpants & Dog Man

"Jim Benton has my number. Page after page made me laugh out loud. It's all twisted and hilarious. What more could you possibly want from a book?" - R.L. Stine, Author of Goosebumps

"Humor in print has many forms, what is amazing is that Jim Benton excels in all of them!" - Sergio Aragon
és, MAD Magazine cartoonist

"Who could resist [Jim Benton]?" - Publishers Weekly

"The most visible cartoonist in America" - People Magazine

The Bulletin for the Center for Children's books says its "goofy humor" and "lively dialogue" is "a particularly effective choice for reluctant readers and class clowns."

"It's sketch-comedy nonsense, but preteens will be onboard immediately and asking for the next volume at the close of this short collection." - Kirkus Reviews

"Mr. Benton's intellectual properties…have made him stand out in an industry dominated by big entertainment companies." - The Wall Street Journal

"…there are also lots of gags about death, particularly murder, and breasts. The former points to a pleasing dark edge that runs through Benton's cartoons and gives them some heft, while the latter at least shows his comedy is unfiltered. The gags…are tricked out with ironic twists and surrealist humor…Benton is best-known as a one-man children's franchise blockbuster, having creates the kids' series The Dumb Diaries, It's Happy Bunny, and more. His name is still not quite household-level, but this collection might open up offline readers to his adult material." - Publishers Weekly

"…Eventually I peeked over her shoulder, and started laughing, too. Eventually we went through the whole book together, front to back. It was marvelously entertaining, because Benton is obviously insane, or insanely creative. Not two gags were very much alike, and tone and subject matter ranged from light-hearted 'The Far Side' kind of stuff, to the black humor of Charles Addams' The Addams Family,' and everywhere in between. 'Dog Butts' turned out to be genuinely original and very entertaining, which was a welcome surprise." - Andrew A. Smith, Chicago Tribune

Publisher's Weekly likes "the humorous prose and bright illustrations" and says that "younger readers in particular are sure to enjoy Catwad and Blurmp's friendship."

"Benton has a gift for writing Jamie's voice exactly like the girl you'd want sitting next to you in class, whispering terrible comments." - Kids Books Central

"Catwad is an absolutely hilarious book. The story is about two cats, one is a dim witted, happy cat called blurp. Blurp is best friends with Catwad who is grumpy and grouchy. It's a quick graphic novel with short stores about the cats and their different adventures. Everyone will enjoy this book." - Meshkeen and Adro, Belmont Books

"With smells, robots and messy paint, what's not to love?" - Kirkus Review

"If Jim Benton had written this blurb, it would have been more shorter, smarter, and would have contained a salient observation on human nature." - Zach Weinersmith, Cartoonist, SMBC-comics.com

"Jim Benton is an amazing artist and writer, who has for years graced the internet with his hilarious and sometimes poignant comics. Jim's comics are beloved highlights in a sea of billions of posts we see on reedit, and he has consistently managed to stand out, making us (and many others) laugh nearly every day." - Alex Angel, Community Manager, reddit.com

"Benton is a genius at expressing a believable preteen girl worldview without silly vernacular or dumbing down to his audience." - Kidsreads.com

"If laughter is the best medicine, then your insurance company should reimburse you for the cost of this book." - Jerry Zucker, director, Airplane!, Top Secret!, and other films

"To have a collection of his best works available in one collection is a huge victory for humanity, for he has a talent for illustrating some truly laugh out loud stuff that tickles everyone's funny bones. The fact he doesn't rely on one style of illustration keeps things fresh, and makes him a chameleon in comics. Not too simple and not too raunchy, Benton walks that fine line of humor successfully and makes the reader enjoy laughing. I had many good, hearty laughs throughout." - BleedingCool.com

Consistently brilliant, always hilarious, Jim Benton is one of the best cartoonists on the web right now." - Matthew Inman, TheOatmeal.com

"Easy to pick up but hard to put down…Pick up a copy of this hilarious new book, you won't be disappointed!" - PopCulturez.com

"I've never met Jim Benton, but I have four of his board books on Leia's book-shelf, and she really likes them. That may be on Mr. Benton's native talent or that his books for some reason compel me to use extremely exaggerated voices when I read them aloud. In any event, they're fun, they're quirky, and they work." - Barry Lyga, Author

"Twisted, brutally honest and laugh out loud comics…this book is the perfect gift for someone who needs to lighten up! Well recommended." - Joseph's Reviews

"To say that Jim Benton's new picture book The End (Almost) strikes the right chords with readers would be an understatement. After reading it with about thirty classes from kindergarten through fifth grade, it shreds like Free Bird's guitar solo…At the surface, The End (Almost) is a total kids pleaser, one they'll beg you to read again. But it doesn't only have to succeed for kids. For teachers wanting to engage their students in a lively discussion about the elements of fiction, Benton gives you a book that becomes funnier the deeper you apply them." - Mr. Lewis5

"…Benton's big, goofy bear with the huge, expressive mouth is more than likely to get rooms full of young readers rooting along for more stories." - Jesse Karp, Booklist

"Sweet and silly, THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS AREN'T FOR is a fun read with a nice touch of wisdom at its core." - Kidsreads.com

"Yet reading cartoonist Jim Benton's first print collection of web-based Reddit cartoons, Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. (NBM), I found myself mentally comparing it to the great gag cartoonist books of my youth…VIP would no doubt approve." - Bill Sherman, Blogcritics

"Essentially, if you or your recipient like books that make you want to photograph and tweet every page, you should buy this." - Holly Brockwell, gadgette.com

"As Scott and I read these books through together for the first time we were both in a fit of giggles. At the end of almost every page Scott asked to read the whole book again when we were finished with it. And they were just as funny and clever the second time through, too." - becausebabiesgrowup.com

"Children will be giggling right off the bat when Donut is introduced and as he tries to find different way's to prolong his story. They will love that it is told in two perspectives, the narrator and Donut, and that they are having a silly argument about when the book should really end." - Pawing Through Books

"This series is so much fun -- hilarious and creative -- giving a voice to an average-seeming kid, who knows deep down that she is something special." - Indigo Kids

"As usual, Benton captures the sassiness, cynicism and innocence of his preteen characters. Jamie, as much as she can be sarcastic and selfish, can also be kindhearted. She is loyal (whether she knows it or not), fun and smart." - Kidsreads.com

"A must-but for libraries where 'Franny K. Stein' and other over-the-top, funny chapter book fare are popular." - School Library Journal

"Told in knee-slapping diary entries…Jim Benton delivers a wonderfully silly series that combines his knack for knowing what kids love to read with fun illustrations. Yound audiences will eat up Jamie's diary descriptions…while parents are sure to see their kids beg for more Dumb Diary books." - The Barnes & Noble Review

"This book's witty and satiric sense of humor is sure to resonate with kids and make these books a must-have." - BIG BLUE DOT Trend Update

"It's Jim Benton's little details that make the DUMB DIARY series a pleasure to follow." - yabookscentral.com

"There you have it: short, simple and enjoyable. Indeed, the point of all these Benton board books is plain and simple fun - with which the books are neatly and completely packed." - Infodad.com

"It is not just Jamie's quirky take on things that will capture reader interest, but also the terrific illustrations…The whole thing is a hoot and a half!" - Readingjunky's Reading Roost

"On this particular day, this looks like not just a walk-through of the book with the intention of getting you all pent up to read the shit out of it but to slyly make a case that traversing the cartoons will also benefit your well-being. Or lower your blood pressure. Or, in theta Aristotelian 'Poetics' sorta way, bring you catharsis." - gozamos.com


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Benton's books have been translated into more than 15 languages, including French, Japanese, Spanish, Finnish, Hebrew, Portuguese, German, Italian and Slovakian, as well as Braille and audio books. Dear Dumb Diary was made into a made-for-tv musical that Jim co-wrote and produced with Jerry Zucker. It aired on Hallmark Channel and is currently on Netflix.

Jim is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the National Cartoonists Society, and The Society of Illustrators. Benton has also contributed to The Licensing Book, Writer's Digest Magazine, Kidscreen Magazine, Dark Horse Presents, MAD Magazine and The New Yorker.

Jim visits Michigan libraries, bookstores, and elementary schools every year, to talk about the story making process.

Jim grew up in Birmingham, MI and participates (or has participated) in many literary events including LA Times Festival of Books, Printers Row Lit Fest, Texas Library Association & Children's Institute, Michigan Library Association Spring Institute, Book Expo America, American Library Association, International Literacy Association, Claire's Day - Toledo, San Diego Comic-Con, Grand Rapids Comic Con, My Very Own Library, Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip, Kidscreen Summit, Licensing Expo, Bentonville Film Festival, and the Monroe Library Author Meet & Greet.

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