06 May 2010

Singing my TOON--Benny and Penny in The Toy Breaker

Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker by Geoffrey Hayes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Much as I loved Danny the Dinosaur, I sure wish the Toon Books had been around when I was learning to read. Engaging and concerned about the things kids care about (toys, stinky monsters, favorite colors,)they are as fun as they are attractive. The books incorporate proper comic formatting with the controlled vocabulary associated with easy reader, to create a reading experience that is kid friendly, level appropriate--everything one could want from a book designed to snag fans.

In this installment, mice siblings Benny and Penny want to search for buried treasure. But first they have to deal with Cousin Bo, who has the annoying habit of breaking all their toys. Bo reminds me of the rather excitable Wendell from Kevin Henke's Weekend with Wendell, who is oblivious to the havoc he wreaks. He just wants to play! A satisfying resolution is guaranteed, along with a healthy dose of physical comedy.

With two titles in their cataloghttp://www.toon-books.com/awards.php recognized as Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Books--and one Geisel winner--the Toon books are in a fabulous position to amuse and educate young readers for some time to come.

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Jenn said...

Have you read any of the Phonics Comics? Bothy my kids love them! They have helped my son to develop a love of reading.

Kara Schaff Dean said...

Hi Jenn,

I had a brief introduction to the Phonics Comics when my daughter was given one as a gift, so I am moderately familiar with them. That's great that your kids love them--anything that lights that an enthusiastic spark for reading :)

The1stdaughter said...

Love these series of books! It's such a unique idea that I think really helps kids learn in different ways than the typical. Great review!

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