Benny and Penny in Lights Out: Toon Books Level 2

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What’s that rustling in the bushes?

It’s nearly time for lights-out but Benny just won’t settle down — and his sister, Penny, is becoming very annoyed. The moon has gone missing, there’s a flashlight to play with, and Benny must go find his favorite Pirate hat . . . inside the dark and spooky playhouse in the backyard. Geoffrey Hayes’s loveable mice are back — and they’re about to find out just how many adventures can be packed in before ...

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Overview

What’s that rustling in the bushes?

It’s nearly time for lights-out but Benny just won’t settle down — and his sister, Penny, is becoming very annoyed. The moon has gone missing, there’s a flashlight to play with, and Benny must go find his favorite Pirate hat . . . inside the dark and spooky playhouse in the backyard. Geoffrey Hayes’s loveable mice are back — and they’re about to find out just how many adventures can be packed in before bedtime.

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Editorial Reviews

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It’s bedtime for the mouseling brother and sister—but not before plenty of horsing around and a deliciously scary expedition into the backyard... Another outing positively radiant with child appeal, featuring a pair of close siblings with complementary personalities.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—These mice siblings have very different approaches to bedtime. While Penny is following her mother's directions, brushing her teeth and settling into bed to read a story, Benny is too busy for such routines. When he looks out the window and cannot see the moon, he decides that pirates must have stolen it. After attempting to scare Penny with tales of the Boogey Mouse and dinosaurs, he decides that he might just go to bed after all. He realizes, however, that he has left his beloved pirate hat in the spooky playhouse, and he enlists Penny to help him retrieve it. Containing all of the classic problems that children sharing a bedroom face, this charming graphic novel is certain to delight Benny and Penny fans and find some new ones as well. Hayes's signature illustrations evoke dusk and evening time with the outdoor panels employing blues, purples, and grays while the indoor panels shine with bright yellow as if from a night-light. The mixture of sequential art and full-page panels adds to the movement of the story and will help early readers get a sense of its pacing. A fun addition to graphic-novel and bedtime-book collections.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
It's bedtime for the mouseling brother and sister--but not before plenty of horsing around and a deliciously scary expedition into the backyard. As little Penny quietly tries to wash up and pretend-read a story ("One day the princess was sent to her room for being bratty. But she had a secret door…"), her restless big brother interrupts obnoxiously with warnings about the Boogey Mouse, loud belches and other distractions. When Benny realizes that he's left his prized pirate hat in the backyard, though, Penny braves the Boogey Mouse to follow him out of the window and prod him into reclaiming it from the spooky, dark playhouse. She also "reads" him to sleep after the two race, giggling at their fright, back indoors. Framed in sequential panels that occasionally expand to full-page or double-spread scenes, the art features a pair of big-eared, bright-eyed mites (plus the occasional fictive dinosaur) in cozy domestic settings atmospherically illuminated by the glow of lamps, Benny's flashlight and the moon. As in this popular series' earlier episodes, dialogue in unobtrusive balloons furnishes the only text, but the action is easy to follow, and Hayes provides plenty of finely drawn visual cues to the characters' feelings. Another outing positively radiant with child appeal, featuring a pair of close siblings with complementary personalities. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935179207
  • Publisher: TOON Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Series: Toon Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 348,025
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: GN170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Best-selling author Geoffrey Hayes has written and illustrated more than forty children’s books, including the extremely popular Otto and Uncle Tooth series for early readers, the classic Bear by Himself, and, most recently, A Poor Excuse For A Dragon and The Bunny’s Night-Light; A Glow-in-The-Dark Search. His TOON book Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. When he was younger, his flashlight was his favorite toy. It had red, green, and blue filters that could be turned to change the color of the light. He used it to put on puppet plays starring his stuffed animals.

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