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
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)