Benny Shark Goes to Friend School

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Book Information

Title: Benny Shark Goes to Friend School
Author: Lynn Rowe Reed
Illustrator: Rhode Montijo
Published by Two Lions, an imprint of, Inc
Text Copyright 2017 by Lynn Rowe Reed
Illustration Copyright 2017 by: Rhode Montijo
No. of pages: 30

About the Author & Illustrator

from the back flap jacket: Lynn Rowe Reed is the author and illustrator of twenty children’s books. Reed’s work has earned her many awards and was included in the exhibition The Best of Children’s Book Illustration at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City. Visit her website at

Rhode Montijo has published a number of children’s books. He lives in Southern California. Check out his website at


Benny the Shark Goes to Friend School tells the story of Benny Shark, a bully who terrifies other sea animals. Because of that, he is lonely and nobody wants to play with him. When he tried to be friends with other animals, his only approach is to threaten them.

One day, Janice Jellyfish invites him to attend Friend School, where he learns about the rules of how to be a friend and how to make friends. He practices the lessons being taught at school:

  1. A friend is a good listener.
  2. A friend always tells the truth, (but also polite).
  3. A friend shares.
  4. A friend takes turns.
  5. A friend is a good sport.

Janice and Benny participates in a race. But just as Benny is about to win, he notices Janice being taken away by a fishing hook. Instead of zooming to the finish line, he stops to help Janice, and they cross the finish line together.

On graduation day, Benny comes up with another rule: A friend always keeps his promise.

Values or Lessons

The book lays down tips and rules on how to be a friend and how to make friends. This is something that kids need to learn as they go through play dates and when they start going to school. Our son is a Pre-K and he enjoyed learning the lessons on friendship through this book.


Bullying is a serious matter and if a kid has an experience with a bully, they may see Benny the Shark as a menace. Parents need to explain to kids what a bully is and why it is not okay to be one.


The color scheme of the artwork is vivid and mimics the colors underwater. They even bear some similarity to the artwork of Spongebob. Kids who watch that show will be able to recognize that the story takes place underwater. That, and well, the shark and sea animals are big giveaways!


Overall, Benny the Shark Goes to Friend School is an entertaining book about friendship and learning how to be one.

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