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Salt Water Taffy: The Legend of Old Salty (The Seaside Adventures of Jack & Benny) (Salt Water Taffy: The Seaside Adventures of Jack and Benny) Paperback – May 21, 2008

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Book 1 of 5 in the Salt Water Taffy Series

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3–6—In the tradition of great adventure stories, this charming offering starts off with a detailed map of Chowder Bay, a quintessential slice of coastal Maine. Brothers Benny and Jack are about to discover that their quaint summer vacation spot is not as boring as it first appears. Benny first realizes that there is a mystery to solve when a lobster pops out of the salt-water taffy bin at the local candy store and pinches him on the hand. After meeting Angus O'Neil, a burly fisherman with a broad, confident grin and a pipe in hand, the boys learn of the legend of Old Salty, a monstrous sea creature. The adventure kicks off from here as they tackle the town's mysteries head-on. The appealingly angular and thick-lined art gives the characters a bounding energy. Benny and Jack are especially kinetic, with exuberance bursting from their jutting chins, gangly limbs, and floppy hairdos. In contrast, Chowder Bay is drawn with more detailed and delicate care, bringing the flavor of this salty port town to life. With its strong art and nicely paced action, this book will surely appeal to a wide audience.—Lauren Anduri, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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At first brothers Jack, 11, and Benny, 8, think that vacationing in the little coastal town of Chowder Bay, Maine, can only lead to a bleak, boring summer, an impression reinforced by the discovery that their summer home lacks a television. Things turn around, however, when the boys meet fisherman Angus O’Neil, who assures them he has seen the local sea monster, Old Salty. When the town’s taffy shop is looted of its sweets, Angus and the boys set out to solve the mystery and also hunt down the monster. Loux, the creator of Sidescrollers (2006), dishes up an entertaining, exciting story for young graphic-novel readers. Jack and Benny are both easy to identify with, and their relationship is believable, even given the wacky adventures that ensue. The high-contrast black-and-white art, accomplished with bold line work, is used to good effect, displaying a fluidity while still remaining quirky and fun. A good pick for children just getting used to independent reading. Grades 2-4. --Tina Coleman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Salt Water Taffy: The Seaside Adventures of Jack and Benny (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press (May 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932664947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932664942
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At first, Jack and his brother, Benny, aren't very excited about spending the summer in Chowder Bay, Maine. But their attitude changes when they arrive there. First, they meet fisherman Angus O'Neil, who tells them about Old Salty, the biggest lobster in the whole ocean. But it soon becomes apparent that Old Salty is not going to settle for just ruling the ocean. She has plans for taking over the world and she's starting with Chowder Bay. Then, on a hike, Jack and Benny must face down a gigantic eagle with a voracious appetite for hats. Surviving that, they discover the ghost of Dr. True, who is eager to set the record straight about the town's famous hero of the Civil War--a man he claims murdered him!

Anyone who has ever gone on a boring family trip will understand Jack and Benny's reluctance at the beginning of the Salt Water Taffy series. What makes this story magical is not that the boys learn some great lesson about entertaining themselves in the unplugged world, but that they have fun while still remaining believable eleven- and eight-year-old boys. They are open to new experiences, even if those experiences aren't quite what they expect: a talking wolf, a ghost, a giant sea monster. Loux's droll wit makes his story a fun read for more than just kids, though. Adult readers will appreciate little touches such as Jack and Benny's dad avoiding work by playing with a Game Boy discarded in favor of a treasure hunt.

Loux's art is another plus of the series. Using thick black lines and sharply pointed curves, he creates a scene that, like his plot, mimics reality, but makes it so much more appealing. His palette is a deceptively simple black-and-white, but the series loses nothing by not being in color.
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Great condition. Gift for grandson who loves to read he has the series and thoroughly enjoyed each of the books.
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