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Benny and Penny in Just Pretendby Geoffrey Hayes
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How can Benny pretend to be a brave pirate when his pesky little sister, Penny, wants to tag along and is always asking for a hug? He tries to lose her, but when he does, he starts to feel a little lost himself. Then, Penny proves her bravery and saves Benny from a bug. They hug as Benny explains he was only pretending she bugged him.
Best-selling children's book author Geoffrey Hayes brings unforgettable characters to life with rare warmth and humor.
"Hayes, creator of the Otto and Uncle Tooth mysteries, chooses mouse siblings as the subjects for this comic book cum easy reader, first in a planned series (see Silly Lilly, reviewed p. 69). Jazzy, multipanel layouts add a contemporary dimension to simply worded episodes about an eager younger sister and standoffish brother who relish their rivalry more than they admit. Benny fashions himself as a buccaneer with a black tricorn hat and a wooden sword; when he stands in a crate, a thought bubble shows him aboard a galleon that flies the Jolly Roger. Sweet-natured Penny, clad in baby-blue princess gear, wants to play, too, and he automatically rebuffs her: 'No! Pirates are brave, and you are a cry-baby.' At last Benny initiates a game of hide-and-seek, with no intention of seeking — at least, until Penny disappears. Hayes's colored-pencil pictures set the action near the ground, in cozy panels depicting a secure woodland space. Shallow backgrounds ensure that the outside world never intrudes, except when Benny is startled by bugs that don't faze his sister. A close-range perspective gives readers a good look at Benny and Penny's facial expressions, supplying the context for the dialogue. These skillful drawings do just what they attempt: they lever beginning readers right into the story. Ages 4-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The sweet, delicately colored illustrations have an old-fashioned feel that gives the familiar sibling story a timeless quality....A charmer that will invite repeated readings." Booklist (Starred Review)
"[T]he profusion of frames helps pace the action, while the simple vocabulary and familiar situation ('Benny, what did you do to Penny?' 'Nothing!') allow beginning readers to call this one their own." The Horn Book Magazine
"Hayes successfully combines a comic-book format with effective easy-reader elements to introduce two delightful mouse siblings....A fresh and fun choice for beginning readers..." School Library Journal
Petal and Poppy are best friends. Sometimes they disagree. But theyand#160;can alwaysand#160;count on each other when the going gets rough.
How can Benny pretend to be a brave pirate when his pesky little sister, Penny, wants to tag along?
This graphic novel-style picture book takes us on the quest of a shoe-shine boy through busy, multicultural tenements to return a piece of silk to its rightful owner. Meeting a host of colorful characters along the way, this lively picture book lets us make friends across race lines, culture lines, and clotheslines!
In a picture book that blends realism and fantasy, a shoeshine boy is surprised when a
piece of red silk falls from the sky. Trying to find its owner, he ventures up and down
fire escapes, back and forth across clotheslines, and into the company of the colorfully
diverse people who live in the tenement. Lively pages laid out in multiple panels, with
a few words of text in dialogue balloons, capture the exhilarating action, and foreignlanguage
phrases are translated on the endpapers. There is a cheerful side to a neighborhood
packed with people of different originsand#8212;the opportunity to make friends
across race lines, culture lines, and clotheslines!
In Petal and Poppy,and#160;young readers are introduced to these charmingand#160;characters. Petal gets very nervous when Poppy decides to go scuba diving. What if she's eaten by a seaand#160;monster?and#160;Poppy thinks Petal is just being a worrywart.and#160;Perhaps. But maybe that's a good thing. Because when Poppy does find herself in a little trouble, who comes to her rescue?and#160;Petal!
With simple vocabulary, short sentences, and ample picture clues, this new Green Light Readers series will inspire and instructand#160;young readers on their journey to becoming lifelong readers.
About the Author
Geoffrey Hayes lives in San Francisco, California. He has written and illustrated over forty children's books, including the extremely popular series of Otto and Uncle Tooth Mystery Readers (over a million copies sold), the classic Bear By Himself, the Patrick Bear books, and many beginning reader adventures. He also illustrated Margaret Wise Brown's When the Wind Blew.
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