A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

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I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker (Toon Book)

Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker by Geoffrey Hayes (US) - (Canada)
A Toon Book

Pages: 32 pages
Ages: 6+
Finished: Mar. 31, 2010
First Published: Apr. 6, 2010
Publisher: Toon Books
Genre: children's easy reader, graphic novel
Rating: 4/5

First sentence:

Benny? What are you making?

Acquired: Received a review copy from Raw Junior, LLC.

Reason for Reading: My son read aloud to me as his reader.

Summary: Benny and Penny have just got everything all prepared to play pirate treasure map when their mom announces that cousin Bo has arrived to play. Cousin Bo wrecks everything so Benny and Penny quickly hide all the toys they can see, including their newly made treasure map. At first B & P don't want to play with Bo, then Bo finds a few toys, breaking them, then he finds the map and takes off with it and a chase pursues with everyone becoming rather rude to one another, both sides end up with troubles, apologies are made and then they find a game to play where nothing can get broken.

Comments: This book is just at the level for my struggling reader where he almost has no problems at all. He can pretty much fly through the reading with only a few stumbles. Even though he is a bit older that the intended age he finds the antics of Benny and Penny comic and doesn't feel like the book is too young for him at all. He has read the other Benny and Penny books and I think this one may just be his favourite as he certainly had a lot of fun with the story. Myself, I can't say enough good things for any Toon Book. I've never been disappointed yet. This, like all the rest, is engaging, funny, and entices my struggling reader to want to read more than I ask of him in a sitting. A good read and a fun story.

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