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Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!: Toon Books Level 2 Hardcover – May 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 30L (What's this?)
  • Series: Toon
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Toon Books; First Edition edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979923891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979923890
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–In Benny and Penny, the children are suspicious that their new neighbor has stolen Benny&'s pail, so they sneak into her yard even though they know it&'s a &big no-no!& Through many misunderstandings, they learn to apologize and make a new friend. The simple text uses basic vocabulary and repetition, making it accessible to emerging readers. Young children will love the graphic-novel format and the sweet, charming illustrations will draw them into the narrative. Fans of Geoffrey Hayes&'s popular Benny and Penny: Just Pretend (Toon Bks., 2008) won&'t be disappointed with this sequel.–Mari Pongkhamsing, St. Perpetua School, Lafayette, CA
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From Booklist

In this delightful sequel to Benny and Penny in Just Pretend (2008), the mouse siblings have a new neighbor whom they suspect might be a thief, because Benny’s pail is missing. When they look over the fence into the backyard, they see strange footprints. Then Benny falls into the yard, Penny follows, and they find a pail, mudpies, and a hedgehog girl wearing swim goggles and fins on her feet. They accuse each other, the hedgehog girl flings mud at the others, and the two mice go back to their yard—where Penny finds Benny’s pail in their sandbox. Now they have to go back and apologize. Young readers will recognize the misunderstanding and the bad first impressions people will sometimes make as Benny and Penny—and Melina—learn a lesson about making friends. Hayes draws charming little animal children with highly expressive faces, and he uses great dialogue, easy-to-follow panels, and fun sound effects; children will repeat his muddy “splop!” with gusto. Grades K-1. --Kat Kan

More About the Author

Bestselling author Geoffrey Hayes has written and illustrated over forty children's books, including the extremely popular series of early readers Otto and Uncle Tooth, the classic Bear by Himself, the Patrick Bear books, and When the Wind Blew by Caldecott Medal-winning author Margaret Wise Brown. His TOON Book Benny and Penny in the Big No-No won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award.

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The narrative is simple enough but what makes this an engaging book is the attention to details in the illustrations.
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I highly recommend checking these books out if you have a young child who is learning to read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on November 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Benny and Penny are a typical brother-sister pair, the type frequently found in picture books: Benny is older, a bit domineering, not terribly bright, but basically good-natured. Penny is smaller and smarter, and she tends to serve as his conscience. Both are mice, sort of; Geoffrey Hayes manages to make them believable both as children, when they are squabbling and scheming, and as mice, when they are scampering up a tree.

The plot of the story is pretty slight, but it has the back-and-forth, up-and-down quality of real life among the sandbox set. Benny and Penny are curious about their new neighbor, and when Benny is convinced that she stole his pail, they end up trespassing in her yard (the big no-no). Benny compounds things by blundering into her carefully made mudpies and destroying one. Convinced the neighbor is a monster, they hide in the tall grass when they hear footsteps. In fact, the "monster" is just a little mole, wearing swim fins and goggles, who is upset when she finds her mudpies destroyed. She tosses one away, it hits Benny, and a battle ensues. The story switches quickly between slapstick and tears, as the kids pelt each other with mudpies and eventually, just as in real life, someone gets hurt. Benny spots the pail and stalks off with it, but his bluster dwindles to sheepishness when he realizes that his pail was in his yard all along. After a bit of scheming, he simply goes back and apologizes, more mud is thrown, and everyone ends up friends in the end.

The nice thing about this book is that it models good behavior--apologizing after being a jerk--without being preachy. For a pair of mice, Benny and Penny are surprisingly human.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Benny and Penny in The Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes is a fun story of a brother and sister mouse who wonder about their new neighbour and then think he/she may have stolen Benny's pail. So they go into the neighbours yard and create a sequence of un-neighbourly events.

The illustrations are wonderful, which is always half the point of a graphic novel. The story is cute and very funny! The 8yo had a lot of real giggles over the events and I thought the story was very age appropriate. My struggling reader had no problems reading this book. The compelling story line kept him focused on figuring out the harder words and I am very pleased with this installment in the Toon Books series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Bruton on April 17, 2009
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This is yet another delightful little tale from Francoise Mouly's Toon Books, told with deceptively simple layouts and delicately old-fashioned artwork.

This time Benny & Penny, older brother and annoying younger sister, go investigating in their mysterious new neighbours back garden. Yes, they know it's a No-No to go there but Benny thinks the neighbour's taken his sand bucket and he's going to get it back, No-No or not. So off they go, causing trouble and tears along the way as they discover that the neighbour might not be such a monster after all, in fact she might be a kid like them who just wants to be friends. And Benny's bucket? Well, like any parent can tell you, it's amazing how kids can forget where they left even the most important of things.

Just like the first Benny & Penny adventure this is full of lovely bits of fun between our two quarrelsome siblings, with the arguments ringing true each time between big brother and baby sister. And the clumsy and uncomfortable way that children make friends is played out perfectly between Benny & Penny and their new neighbour. It's simple yet a delight, with Hayes' art firmly in the classic children's illustration style.
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By ziqin yang on September 17, 2013
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It is good to find some books for kids. It is in very good condition. will check and buy other books in the future. Thank you very much.
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Good moral to the story. Love all these Benny &Penny series. Easy to read and follow scenes with allthe illustrations, just like a comic book.
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My daughter absolutely loves this book. She wants to read it every night. I have already purchased other Benny and Penny books.
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I picked this up because it had won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and was curious about what my almost eight-year-old daughter would think of it. We read it tonight (she was Benny and I was Penny) and had loads of fun! The narrative is simple enough but what makes this an engaging book is the attention to details in the illustrations.

Author-illustrator Geoffrey Hayes (not a relation, unfortunately:-)) brings the world of mice siblings Benny and Penny vividly alive. Benny is curious as to the identity of his new neighbor and decides to climb over the fence despite his younger sister Penny's "It's a No-No" objections, and their first encounter with their young neighbor does not go very well. It's made worse by Benny's suspicions that their new neighbor might have stolen his missing pail. Things turn out all right in the end with a new friendship being made in the most delightful way.

Although the central characters are wild creatures, the expressions, the words, and the illustrations perfectly capture the mannerisms of young children making this story one that is easy for young children to relate to. There are laugh out loud moments, some sad scenes when Penny, Benny, or the new friend gets upset, and even some nervous moments when the siblings are trying to hide from their new neighbor. I even found myself getting swept up along with the story, and co-reading this with my daughter proved to be an excellent way to get in some mother-child bonding time! We now plan to check out the other titles in this series.
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