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One Day I Went Rambling

A lovely book, and a perfect installment in Bennett’s growing line of nostalgia-tinged children’s books.


Whenever I feel like walking down memory lane, I reach for a Kelly Bennett book.

Bennett’s latest, One Day I Went Rambling, is great for just such a walk. It’s the story of rambunctious little Zane, an adventurous soul whose friends think he’s a little zany because he loves rambling around for old treasure. But Zane’s finds don’t come from abandoned mines or at the bottom of the sea like your typical treasure troves; they come from empty lots, cluttered junk yards, and even granny’s wobbly clothes line!

When Zane finds a shiny flying saucer’s crest, a friend reminds him it’s only an old hubcap. When he finds a twirling lasso, another friend reminds him it’s only a vine. But no matter how many times his friends try to bring him back to reality, this little dreamer doesn’t let their words bother him. He knows treasure when he sees it, and that’s a fact!

As always, Bennett’s style is imaginative, super-sweet, and just whimsical enough to leave you longing for the good old days. Illustrator Terri Murphy adds her own touch by using her signature warm and bubbly colors and sketching high-adventure scenarios that readers will remember long after they turn the last page.

This is a lovely book, and a perfect installment in Bennett’s growing line of nostalgia-tinged children’s books. This one is great for lap time, play time, art class, and even “recess,” if such a thing still exists. And if it doesn’t, this book is sure to revive it, because with this book, Bennett manages to do something that nobody else seems to be able to do these days: she gets children to go outside and play! Isn’t that wonderful?

This book gets the PB Depot llustration Award

For a book that will speak to your child – and will speak to the child in YOU – be sure to pick up your copy of One Day I Went Rambling, by Kelly Bennett.

And be sure to follow Kelly Bennett as she, Zane and the gang ramble along on her book tour from June 8 to June 22. The details are below!

Best wishes and happy rambling,

Rita Lorraine


June 8
http://authorbystate.blogspot.com – interview with illustrator
http://tinyurl.com/7kpyl4w– book review
www.blog.andibutler.com – book review
www.picturebookdepot.com – book review (Hey…that’s us!)

June 9
www.debbiegonzales.com – book review

June 10
www.vonnacarter.com – interview with the author

June 12
www.thelittledeb.blogspot.com – book review

June 13
http://tinyurl.com/6lp78du – book review/author interview

June 14
www.thewritersplot.com – book review
smithwright.blogspot.com – interview w/author & illustrator
www.readerkidz.com – book review/teacher’s guide
www.debbiegonzales.com – book review/teacher’s guide

www.pamzollman.com – interview with author

June 16
www.AlisonHertz.blogspot.com – interview with illustrator

June 17
www.writingonthesidewalk.wordpress.com – interview with author/illustrator

www.cheriecolyer.blogspot.com – interview with illustrator

June 22
www.moreart4all.wordpress.com – interview with illustrator


Make sure you visit the author, Kelly Bennett at – www.kellybennett.com

Don’t forget Illustrator Terri Murphy at – www.terrimurphyart.com

ENTER THE GIVE-AWAY for an original illustration from the book (plus more) at: http://terrimurphy.typepad.com/mermaid_waves/


  1. Suzanne Santillan

    What a great review. I had an opportunity to read “One Day I Went Rambling” and I thought it was a fun book. I remember well when my boys would pick up something that others would think was junk and find a “treasure” instead.


    • RitaLorraine

      Hi Suzanne,
      Glad you enjoyed the review. Kelly Bennett’s books are so easy to love. I only wish they had been around when my sons were young.

      Rita Lorraine

  2. Kelly Bennett

    Yeah! Thanks for the Picture Book Depot Illustration Award–I’m with you, Rita Lorraine, Terri’s illustrations are so full of life, with all those details to discover–a ramble for the eyes! We sure appreciate you helping us celebrate by being part of LGRBT 2012! Toot-Toot!

    • RitaLorraine

      Anytime, Kelly, anytime. And PLEASE keep us posted on your next project. I just know it’ll be another book to love! 😀

      Rita Lorraine

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