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Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!

by Geoffrey Hayes

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Winner of the Theodor Seuss Giesel award in 2010, this sweet graphic novel about a brother and sister mouse is written just for beginning readers. While the graphic novels which have grown popular for older readers generally involve more advanced text and more mature themes, this first in the series on the adventures of Benny and Penny as they investigate the new kid next door uses less text, seen clearly in easy-to-read speech bubbles, and is drawn in soft colored pencil that will beckon in young readers. This book also models appropriate behavior for young children, including using good manners, apologizing for misunderstandings, and making friends with people who are different from you. Toon Books is a well-known publisher of easy-readers, and here, they have included extra features for continuing the reading experience online at their website (toon-books.com) such as the Cartoon Maker, which lets kids create their own cartoons using Toon characters, and the Kids’ Cartoon Gallery, which showcases these funny, fan-made comics. Definitely worth the price, as this book is sure to be in high demand among beginning readers in any library. ( )
  AmandaPalomino | Oct 17, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this book. I don't usually read graphic novels--which is strange, as dialogue is usually my favorite part of a story--and I thought this one was very cute. Forget third person and its endless descriptions, dialogue and pictures are all you need to tell a story, and this one I understood perfectly. I didn't feel like either mice nor hedgehog talked to much or too little, but just enough so that I got what was going on and could laugh along with the characters. The onomatopoeia used in the story really came off well also, for it was as if falling over the fence and splashing in the mud spoke and made noise. It was just the right length, as well--some graphic novels have been put aside because of there extensive length (for no one wants to hear a person talk for that long) but this one was short enough to satisfy and long enough to keep my attention. ( )
  parejess | Jun 7, 2014 |
The Big No-No! is a Toon Book by Geoffery Hayes. In the story, Benny and Penny imagine what a new neighbor might be like. When they peek over the fence, they notice that whomever is living next door has stolen their bucket! Misunderstanding and mishap ensue, but the book ends with three new friends. I had fun reading the comic style book, but felt that the voice could have been a little more charming. The characters came across a little harsh for such an early reader and didn’t quite align with the adorable illustrations. ( )
  aconant | Jun 6, 2014 |
Geoffrey Hayes's graphic story tells about two mice, Benny and Penny, who try to solve the mystery of their missing pail. The two mice constantly banter with one another and while doing so, find themselves to be doing bad or "no" behaviors, which inevitably get them into more trouble as the story unfolds. While they eventually find their pail, they also come into contact with a neighbor (which is a mole or opposum--- something along those lines) and end up making assumptions about her which also do not work out so well. It is a graphic book, in the format of a comic which moves the story line along and keeps it active and engaging.
The illustrations of Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! are skillfully done and well thought out in format. The comic styled images not only add to the story, but they also point to how significant imagery is in storytelling. This is particularly important for young readers because it shows how language is an overarching concept for how information is conveyed and translated across media. Yes words are a blatant way of telling a story, however with Hayes's illustrations, it makes it so that the pictures themselves take on an equal amount of significance and emphasis in the plot. I think that the comic book inspired pictures make the book more active as a work because they show how powerful and emotive images can be and just how they add to the flow and involvement of a book.
  rebeccarodela | Feb 7, 2014 |
Benny and Penny have a new neighbor and misunderstandings lead to some hurt feelings. In the end, a new friend is made.
  Boockk | Feb 7, 2014 |
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The drawings are simply lovely, beautiful to get lost in, and softly colored. They have a good sense of both action, capturing just the right moment, and character.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0979923891, Hardcover)

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner 

In this Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner Benny and his sister Penny know it’s wrong to sneak into someone else’s backyard but their mysterious new neighbor – or is it a monster? – may be a thief. They go snooping and discover a lot about themselves and…a new friend.
 
Bestselling children’s artist Geoffrey Hayes enchants early readers with his charming and subtle storytelling. In this lively caper, the artist’s small-scale ice take on a large-scale issues with enormous comics mastery.

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Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared.

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