Thursday, June 3, 2010

Benny and Penny in The Toy Breaker by Geoffrey Hayes

Benny and Penny have lots of great toys. They also have a cousin, Bo, who has a reputation as a toy breaker. When he comes for a visit, they try to hide all of their toys so he can't find them. Will they be able to get through his visit with all of their toys intact?

Fans of Benny and Penny's earlier adventures will enjoy this new story, perfect for kids who are just learning to read. Reading this book made me struggle between my memories of being a kid and my headspace of being an adult. The adult in me wondered if Benny and Penny were being too hard on Bo, if maybe he acts out because others treat him badly. But then I would remember what it was like to be a kid and have to play with people who took over, who broke things, who just ruined it. I think it's a book that will speak to a lot of people - and the positive ending a good message for everyone of any age.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith
Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss
Cat the Cat, Who is That? by Mo Willems
Benny and Penny in Just Pretend by Geoffrey Hayes
Stinky by Eleanor Davis

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