Toon Books - Part Two

Last year we had the privilege of receiving three Toon Books for my 8yo and I to review. These are Graphic Novels for emergent readers.

Available April 15, 2009 two more books in the series will hit the shelves.

Rating: 5/5

Benny and Penny in The Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes is a fun story of a brother and sister mouse who wonder about their new neighbour and then think he/she may have stolen Benny's pail. So they go into the neighbours yard and create a sequence of un-neighbourly events.

The illustrations are wonderful, which is always half the point of a graphic novel. The story is cute and very funny! The 8yo had a lot of real giggles over the events and I thought the story was very age appropriate. My struggling reader had no problems reading this book. The compelling story line kept him focused on figuring out the harder words and I am very pleased with this installment in the Toon Books series.

Luke on the Loose by Harry Bliss is a very funny story of a little boy who runs after pigeons in the park, in the street, over a bridge, through a restaurant, etc. all the while the police are looking for him and he is on the news. The 8yo really enjoyed this one and read it in two sittings.

All the Toon Books are wonderfully illustrated but I must say this one I am particularly partial to the drawings as there are always multiple events happening in the background that make you linger in each frame. This book was an easier read than Benny and Penny in The Big No-No! with lots of repititious words and appropriate word usage for this level.

I would say that both these books fall into the middle age range of the recommended ages for this series which is Reading Levels K-3.


  1. I also loved these books. My 5 year old daughter requested repeated readings of Benny & Penny in the Big No No!

    I loved how I could see Luke at once both your typical boy and a complete fantasy. Both were so funny, they would really engage young readers!


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