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Benny and Penny in the Big No-no

Benny and Penny in the Big No-no

Hardback Toon Books

By (author) Geoffrey Hayes, By (artist) Geoffrey Hayes

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  • Publisher: Toon Books
  • Format: Hardback | 34 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 10mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0979923891
  • ISBN 13: 9780979923890
  • Illustrations note: chiefly col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 241,636

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"The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner "In this Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner Benny and his sister Penny know it's wrong to sneak into someone else's backyard but their mysterious new neighbor - or is it a monster? - may be a thief. They go snooping and discover a lot about themselves and...a new friend. Bestselling children's artist Geoffrey Hayes enchants early readers with his charming and subtle storytelling. In this lively caper, the artist's small-scale ice take on a large-scale issues with enormous comics mastery.

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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," and "When the Wind Blew" by Caldecott Medal-winning author Margaret Wise Brown.

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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)