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Children's LiteratureBen wants to win the weekly contest at Jo-Jo's jellybean shop and take home the jar of free jellybeans. But he is too shy, does not speak up, and hardly raises his hand, even though the answers to the riddles are easy: banana, pizza, and so forth. Finally, Ben gets up his courage, and when Jo-Jo says the riddle, he raises his hand high, even jumping up, but when he is called on he has forgotten the answer. It is his sister who jogs his memory by stomping on his foot to which he says "Oh, nuts" before remembering the answer is peanut butter. The gentle humor, the multicultural neighborhood that gathers weekly at the jellybean giveaway, the easy-to-answer riddle, and the sweet sibling relationship make this one new readers will enjoy. This book is part of the "Puffin Easy-to-Read" series, Level 2. 2004, Puffin, Ages 5 to 8.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.