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Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!: TOON Level 2 Hardcover – May 1, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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My five year old son loves these books. They are cute, they have story tension, they impart lessons, and in the best analysis will help my son find his way to the power of language... Read morePublished 2 months ago by richard champion
The Benny & Penny series has been a great way to get my reluctant reader reading. The illustrations are adorable and the stories keep her interest.Published 4 months ago by Danica Childs
Super cute readers for the kid who just needs a break with the status quo or reluctant readers!Published 4 months ago by Clayton Timmer
My nephew loves all the Benny & Penny books! Very cute! Educational & fun!Published 23 months ago by Linda D. Gentile
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.Published on September 17, 2013 by ziqin yang
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.Published on April 10, 2013 by lapc