Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas

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Benjamin Bear walks on water, rides a square-wheeled bicycle, and wears a fishbowl helmet under the sea.

Benjamin Bear walks on water, rides a square-wheeled bicycle, and wears a fishbowl helmet under the sea. Told in the form of one-page comic strips, each of Benjamin’s adventures is a hilarious gag, a puzzle, a mini physics lesson, or sometimes all three. Of the first Benjamin book, Horn Book wrote, "Original, deep-down funny . . . steeped in the rare quality of imaginative ...

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Overview

Benjamin Bear walks on water, rides a square-wheeled bicycle, and wears a fishbowl helmet under the sea.

Benjamin Bear walks on water, rides a square-wheeled bicycle, and wears a fishbowl helmet under the sea. Told in the form of one-page comic strips, each of Benjamin’s adventures is a hilarious gag, a puzzle, a mini physics lesson, or sometimes all three. Of the first Benjamin book, Horn Book wrote, "Original, deep-down funny . . . steeped in the rare quality of imaginative kindness." Kirkus called it, "A visually formatted joke book to inspire thinking as well as laughs."

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The clever bear and his assorted crew of animal pals from Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking (2011) return for another collection of single-page strips, each one a marvel of economy in setup, delivery, and payoff...Honing a well-rounded sense of humor may be just as important as any other aspect of childhood learning, and you’ll find no finer choice for that than the ingenious exploits of this very clever bear.
—Booklist (starred review)

This book rewards what six-year-olds are already good at (scrutiny), encourages a new skill (reading), and enlarges the imagination (heaven).
—The Horn Book (starred review)

Kids will laugh out loud at Benjamin as he solves problems in zany, often misguided, ways. ... A funny, smart little book that is definitely interesting enough to hold the attention of reluctant readers.
—School Library Journal (Starred review)

Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Fans of Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking, rejoice! The bear is back with more hilarious situations and not-so-obvious solutions to the scrapes he finds himself in. Whether he is crossing rivers, herding sheep, trying to rid himself of fleas, or catching squirrels, Benjamin's unique way of doing things is sure to bring a smile to the face of the reader. Each paneled story takes just one page to play out and relies on the perfect blend of visual cues and sparse text to deliver the punch lines. The length makes this volume ideal for newly independent readers yet to truly appreciate the jokes requires some higher-level thinking skills, thus a more advanced reader crowd is simultaneously pulled into the audience as well. Bright and richly colored illustrations expertly draw the eye to the pictorial puns and subtle subversive humor. These brilliant cartoons are sure to appeal to readers of all ages. Highly recommended! Reviewer: Amy McMillan
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Each page is a new comic-book adventure with hilarious Benjamin Bear, his companion Rabbit, and many other forest friends. Kids will laugh out loud at Benjamin as he solves problems in zany, often misguided, ways. Sure to get a giggle: Rabbit bets him that he can't bring him a squirrel so Benjamin uproots the whole tree and carries it to his friend. The artwork was created using India ink and colored digitally to excellent effect; the animals' expressions are perfectly rendered and the pictures are sometimes the whole story, in a couple of wordless comics. A funny, smart little book that is definitely interesting enough to hold the attention of reluctant readers.—Alison Donnelly, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
A companion to Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking (2011), 27 more wise and witty minimalist fables drawn (with added dialogue and other minor changes) from French cartoonist Coudray's original series. Presented, mostly, in three to six cleanly drawn panels, each mini-tale features Benjamin (Barnabé in the original French) and one or more smaller animals interacting in outdoorsy settings. Most of the storytelling is visual, with just an occasional comment in a balloon, and many of the single-page episodes have an Aesopian flavor. In "Can I Get a Ride?" he picks up one woodland hitchhiker after another until, in the last panel, tables turn and they have to carry him. In "See-Saw," he "helps" a fox carry a log (and demonstrates a principle of physics) not by lifting the long end, but by hopping onto the short end. In response to a rabbit's philosophical proposition that you can't make "Something out of Nothing," he makes a hole and a pile of dirt: "TWO things!" In a deft comment on narcissism, Benjamin agrees to let the rabbit paint his portrait around the trunk of a tree--so that the image ends up staring at its own butt. Emergent readers won't be the only audience delighted by these winning combinations of humor and thought-provoking twists. (Graphic early reader. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935179221
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Series: Toon Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 244,916
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Philippe Coudray loves drawing comics, and his many children’s books are often used in schools in his home country of France, where his work was chosen by elementary-school students for the prestigious Prix des Écoles d’Angoulême. In 2012, an entire exhibition was devoted to Barnabé the Bear, Benjamin’s French cousin. His first TOON Book, Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking, was nominated for an Eisner Award in the Best Publication for Early Readers category.
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  • Posted October 20, 2013

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    Reviewed by Avery, age 9 Inside this book it says that this auth

    Reviewed by Avery, age 9
    Inside this book it says that this author’s books are often used in the schools in France. I have never heard of Benjamin Bear before but I can see how kids in school could use these books to learn to read. Benjamin Bear is a bear who is very smart. This book is like reading short comic strips with Benjamin Bear and other woodland animals. His comics use creative thinking outside the box which not only make the short comics funny, but make you think, which is good because so much of what we learn doesn’t make us really think on our own.
    “It’s impossible to make something out of nothing.”
    I have read this book so many times since getting it and it never gets less funny. I only wish it had been like quadruple the size because it really is a great book and so much fun to read. I think kids of all ages will also get a lot of laughs when they read this book. It’s simple, colorful, and very entertaining. I would recommend buying this book.
    *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*        
     *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review

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