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Benny and Penny in Lost and Found: Toon Books Level 2

Benny and Penny in Lost and Found: Toon Books Level 2

by Geoffrey Hayes
     
 

Geoffrey Hayes, winner of the Geisel for Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!, tells the story of two tiny mice who learn what it takes to be a leader. School Library Journal declares, "Once again, Hayes has created a graphic novel that is inviting, relatable, but, most importantly, fun."

Overview

Geoffrey Hayes, winner of the Geisel for Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!, tells the story of two tiny mice who learn what it takes to be a leader. School Library Journal declares, "Once again, Hayes has created a graphic novel that is inviting, relatable, but, most importantly, fun."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Texas Library Association Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List 2016

"The text is easily accessible to young readers, with simple, repeating words, but also enforces ideas about controlling emotions and being responsible for one’s actions without being over-bearing. Children will easily relate to Penny and Benny as they grapple with sibling issues that are very real to this age group. The crafty charm of Hayes’s illustrations gives the book a timeless feel, while sleek panel variation and swooping action shots reestablish readers’s focus. Once again, Hayes has created a graphic novel that is inviting, relatable, but, most importantly, fun." - School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

"Hayes takes the opportunity to explore preschoolers' mercurial emotions [...] These sweet sibs show no signs of growing old--thank goodness." - Kirkus Reviews

"This early reader comic is not only deeply meaningful for children, but also for adults." - Diamond Bookshelf

"With four delightful Benny and Penny titles already gallivanting around out there, Hayes’ work is a prime example of TOON’s high-level product...Hayes, as always, strikes exactly the right balance, allowing his characters to be both moody and reasonable, scared and courageous, appealing to young readers both as surrogates and role models. His art similarly hits the sweet spot dead-on, with mysterious shapes that are never too menacing, rounded and soothingly furry figures, and delicately rendered backgrounds filled with meticulous detail. His warmly classical picture-book technique never fails to be both animated and engaging as well." - Booklist

"Toon Books is a great resource for parents and educators that want to get more graphic novels into their little ones’ lives...Quality creators making quality comics...[Benny and Penny in Lost & Found!] handles emotions – Benny experiences all sorts of moods in the course of the story, and kids will see how he deals with each mood change. They’ll be able to appreciate and identify with Benny, because honestly, what’s more annoying than misplacing something you really like/want/need?" - What'cha Reading?

Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Benny the mouse and his little sister Penny are back in another true-to-life adventure. This time Benny lost his favorite pirate hat has and is in a bad mood; his mother has banished him to the outdoors until his mood improves. Penny agrees to help him look for it despite the fog that’s rolling in. Together they encounter a spooky creature, find a lost jump rope, sneak past what Benny is sure is a cat, and have a bit of an emotional breakdown. Penny’s indomitable spirit is pushed to the edge and Benny must put his own concerns aside to make sure she gets back home safe and sound. There they find breakfast and the lost pirate hat waiting for them. Kids will relate to the frustrations, the mood swings, the feelings of loss and elation. The text is fairly simple without being overly repetitive or basic, a great bridge for those early readers ready for something slightly meatier. The colored pencil illustrations are full of movement and emotion and are an effective introduction to the conventions of graphic novels. This would be an especially good book for a child working on reading aloud with fluency and emotion, but all kids are sure to enjoy it. Reviewer: Amy McMillan; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
★ 08/01/2014
K-Gr 2—In their newest adventure, Penny finds her brother Benny sulking on the front stoop. Benny has lost his favorite hat and has been kicked outside by their mother for being in such a bad mood. Angry at his mother and his misplaced hat, Benny decides to run away from home and try to find his missing hat, with Penny's assistance. Benny insists on leading the way because he's older, but soon gets lost himself; only after Benny calms down can he and Penny find their way back. The text is easily accessible to emerging readers, with simple, repeating words, while also enforcing ideas about controlling emotions and being responsible for one's actions without being overbearing. Children will easily relate to Penny and Benny as they grapple with sibling issues that are very real to this age group. The crafty charm of Hayes's illustrations gives the book a timeless feel, while sleek panel variation and swooping action shots reestablish readers's focus. Once again, Hayes has created a graphic novel that is inviting, relatable, but, most importantly, fun.—Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-29
Gently bickering mouse siblings Benny and Penny have another backyard adventure, this time when they search for Benny's lost pirate hat.As the book opens, Benny is in a real funk—"a BAD mood!" His pirate hat is lost again, this time for two days. Mommy says he needs to stay outside until his good mood is restored. Equal parts helpful and hindering, Penny tags along on his quest, the fog-enshrouded backyard presenting a landscape it's all too easy to imagine getting lost in. Over the course of this brief, comic-book story, the children explore a number of valences of lost and found. Benny loses Penny when she darts into the underbrush, having found her lost jump rope. He instructs her, "we need to be lost together." When Penny frets that they are "REALLY lost," Benny insists they aren't: "We are right here." Hayes also takes the opportunity to explore preschoolers' mercurial emotions. The sibs are effective emotional foils for each other, Penny's buoyant cheer grating on Benny's determined dudgeon before she becomes anxious, then angry, then sad and frightened. Benny's brave decision to be in a good mood marks a literal turning point, bringing the little lost mice home again. Hayes' colored-pencil panels keep their sunny charm even in the fog.These sweet sibs show no signs of growing old—thank goodness. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935179641
Publisher:
TOON Books
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Series:
Toon Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
537,810
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
GN190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Bestselling author Geoffrey Hayes has written and illustrated over forty children's books, including the extremely popular series of early readers Otto and Uncle Tooth, the classic Bear by Himself, the Patrick Bear books, and When the Wind Blew by Caldecott Medal-winning author Margaret Wise Brown.

His TOON Book series of Benny and Penny books has garnered multiple awards. In 2009, Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award given by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English.

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