Benny and Penny in the Big No-no

Benny and Penny in the Big No-no

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Benny and his sister Penny know it s wrong to sneak into someone else s backyard but their mysterious new neighboror is it a monster?may be a thief. They go snooping and discover a lot about themselves anda new friend."

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Product details

  • Hardback | 34 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 10.16mm | 226.8g
  • Raw Junior Llc
  • Toon Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • chiefly col. Illustrations
  • 0979923891
  • 9780979923890
  • 250,219

About Geoffrey Hayes

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 series of Benny and Penny books has garnered multiple awards. In 2009, Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award given by the American Library Association for "the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English."

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Review Text

When fractious mouse siblings Benny and Penny observe that a new neighbor has moved in next door, curiosity leads them into a big no-no: climbing the fence to see if perhaps the newcomer may have stolen Benny's missing pail. The neighbor has curious footprints; might it be a monster? Hayes psychologically develops the suburban jungle masterfully, with a keen understanding that, to the small child, next door is as exotic as Inner Mongolia. His sunny, detailed scenes tell the story in sequential panels, punctuated by the children's tearful outbursts, as stormy and temporary as summer showers. The illustrations provide just enough visual storytelling to allow emergent readers to focus on the dialogue, rendered in speech balloons, the standard vocabulary of preschoolers exactly in tune with readers' capabilities: "You can't just TAKE stuff," Benny says as he climbs; "Uh-oh! This [mud pie] on the end is all broken!" exclaims the neighbor monster. Benny and Penny make agreeable protagonists, all sibling-squabbling when they're on their own but uniting against the depredations of the "monster" and doing the right thing when it's called for. (Graphic early reader. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews)

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