The Adventures of Benny

The Adventures of Benny

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by Steve Shreve
     
 

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As Benny goes on five adventures that take him from the woods behind his house to the pyramids of Egypt, he comes face to face with a host of bad guys pirates, a mummy, and even his very own Booger-Man! And what about all those monkeys? Join Benny on these wild adventures as he confronts all things hilarious and grotesque. Black-and-white art on every spread of the…  See more details below

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As Benny goes on five adventures that take him from the woods behind his house to the pyramids of Egypt, he comes face to face with a host of bad guys pirates, a mummy, and even his very own Booger-Man! And what about all those monkeys? Join Benny on these wild adventures as he confronts all things hilarious and grotesque. Black-and-white art on every spread of the book will appeal to reluctant readers as well as fans of comics, graphic novels, and illustrated novels.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Move over, Captain Underpants, and make room for Benny. From his first adventure making friends with Bigfoot on his way to a fishing hole by providing the creature with a pair of clean underwear to protect his bottom from splinters; to fighting mummies, pirates, and booger monsters; and finding buried treasure on an island of monkeys, the action is nonstop. Benny uses smelly techniques to disarm his foes, and the butt, toilet paper, and underwear jokes are plentiful. Character development is minimal, as Benny goes from one adventure to the next in an episodic style, all related through spare text and comic-style line drawings. He does seem to have a good relationship with his grandfather (with whom he explores a pyramid in Egypt) and his father (who gets captured by pirates alongside Benny), and he makes friends easily with creatures in need. This light read with plenty of pictures should appeal to reluctant readers, particularly boys with a love of gross humor.—Alana Joli Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
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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.

Children's Literature - Erika Clark
Benny was a young adventurous boy who made unusual friends down any path he took. While walking through the woods to an old fishing hole, Benny encountered the infamous Bigfoot and helped him pull an irritating splinter from his bottom. Later on, Bigfoot returned the favor by saving Benny from becoming a dish on a hungry wolf's dinner menu. In the northern parts of Africa, Benny's trip to Egypt to help his uncle evolved into a scary chase to escape the wrath of King Butthenkhamen's path. After having lunch in a secret room filled with snakes, Benny and his uncle discover that the terrifying mummy unraveled to be a defenseless creature. Whether Benny is deep-sea fishing with his father down Dead Man's Wharf or following a treasure map to Monkey Island, he always learns that it always helps to be prepared for any type of scenario. Reviewer: Erika Clark
Kirkus Reviews
A sequence of adventures details a small boy's encounters with a Bigfoot with smelly feet, a mummy named King Butt, pirates searching for a killer squid, a booger-man under his bed and a ghost guarding buried treasure on Monkey Island. Third graders will appreciate the short, relatively easy-to-read chapters, lively typesetting and Shreve's heavily inked black-and-white drawings on every page. The author misses no opportunity to indulge in taboo humor: Bigfoot gets a splinter in his "hiney;" Benny and his uncle rewrap the mummy in toilet paper; the boy eats snakes and rats; his dog vanquishes the under-the-bed monster with a sauerkraut fart. What might have worked well as a series of exaggerated bedtime stories seems overdone in print, however, and lacks the manic visual energy of such masters as Dav Pilkey and newcomer Eric Wight. Although clearly aimed at Captain Underpants fans, this misses the target. (Fiction. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761455752
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
801,163
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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Adventures of Benny 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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momof4pa More than 1 year ago
My 7 yr old daughter is a terrific reader but doesn't really enjoy reading. This is the first "chapter" book she actually kept reading without my prompting! It is very funny and the chunked up text is wonderful for readers who may get overwhelmed with the usual chapter books. Boys will especially love the stories. Very funny typical crude humor for this age set.