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This debut title reads like a cross-breed of two series, Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants, follows resourceful young Benny through five fast adventures, each with predictable appeal. Whether the challenge is overcoming Bigfoot's butt, Gorgonzola scented socks, a toilet paper mummy who answers to King Butthankhamen, pirate Long John Underwear, or the Booger-Man, Benny rises to whatever occasion he finds himself in and saves the day. A little doofy and lacking that girl-wants-to-date-him-and-boys-want-to-be-his-friend appeal of some of his other reluctant reader brethren, Benny does play his one-dimensional role well, and each chapter includes an instructional subtitle such as "The Value of a Smelly Friend," "A Good Argument for Not Picking Your Nose," and "The Advantage of Opposable Thumbs."Black-and-white drawings reminiscent of old-time cartoons such as Felix the Cat, featuring characters without pupils, are laid out with plenty of white space and help to move the book along at a perfect pace.