Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker: Toon Books Level 2

Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker: Toon Books Level 2

by Geoffrey Hayes

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Benny wants to be a brave pirate but it's hard to pretend when his pesky little sister, Penny, is always tagging along.


Benny wants to be a brave pirate but it's hard to pretend when his pesky little sister, Penny, is always tagging along.

Editorial Reviews

Dave Burbank and Karen MacPherson
Hayes demonstrates his keen appreciation of the politics of childhood as he shows how Benny and his younger sister Penny deal with a visit from their "toybreaker" cousin Bo. In humorous contrast to the emotion-packed story, Hayes's watercolor illustrations depict a cozy world reminiscent of Beatrix Potter.
—The Washington Post
Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Cute mice siblings Benny and Penny return for a third time in this new graphic novel for young children. This time, Benny and Penny are ready to enjoy a fun treasure hunt—until their toy-breaking Cousin Bo comes for a visit. Can the three mice learn to play nicely together? Or will Bo wind up ripping, tearing, and destroying every plaything in their backyard? Unlike previous "Benny and Penny" comics (which focused on the rivalry between older brother Benny and younger sister Penny), The Toy Breaker shows how even the most quarrelsome of siblings can team up when there is a new kid threatening their turf. Fortunately, Cousin Bo is more hyperactive than genuinely mean, and the mice kids learn to settle their differences quickly and peacefully. It is a somewhat precious ending—then again, considering all the violence in many books for kids, it is also a refreshing change of pace. Reviewer: Michael Jung
School Library Journal
Gr 3—At last, Penny and Benny have a reason to get along. Cousin Bo has just arrived on the scene, which means that all of their toys are in imminent danger of being destroyed by their full-speed-ahead relative. They unite in an effort to hide or bury as many things as they can before he descends. Especially at risk is Benny's treasure map that leads to backyard "loot." Bo quickly discovers it and leads the two on a chase as he plays keep-away with it. When he engages in a tug-of-war over Penny's beloved monkey doll, a leg gets ripped off and Benny yells at him for his inability to "Play nice." Bo runs away in anger, but gets caught in a fence and can't free himself. By the end, all has been forgiven. Even Bo redeems himself when he presents Monkey with a get-well card. The cartoon expressions on the characters are priceless and easily "read" by nonreaders. Children will pore over the appealing illustrations and enjoy checking out the interactive website that is dedicated to the Toon characters.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID
Kirkus Reviews
The popular and Geisel Award-winning mouse sibs (Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!, 2009) meet their greatest challenge yet when hard-playing, toy-breaking cousin Bo saunters over for a visit. Ignoring their efforts to stonewall him, Bo aggressively messes up the sandbox, snatches Benny's homemade treasure map away and generally makes a nuisance of himself while sneering "Oh, are you going to tell your Mommy?" Eventually the tables turn when Bo needs help getting un-stuck from a hole in the fence, and by the end he shows preliminary signs of acquiring better socialization skills. All three furry playmates sport eloquent eyebrows and other easy-to-spot emotional markers in Hayes's sunny backyard scenes-and even prereaders may note that when toys get broken here, it's while Benny or Penny are trying to grab them out of Bo's hands. A thought-provoking episode just right for the I Can Read set. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)

Product Details

Raw Junior
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Toon Series
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File size:
14 MB
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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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