Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!

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The Big No-No is a sweet story that teaches young readers about when to say they are sorry. The book is reviewed by Melissa Y. at Sweet on Books.

What You Need to Know:
A graphic novel for the youngest reader.
A sweet book that champions conflict resolution, allowing even the youngest audiences to understand when to say sorry.
Winner of the 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel award.

Sweet Book Summary:
Benny and Penny are brother and sister mice, who move beyond their sibling rivalry to unite against the new kid on the other side of the fence. The new kid seems to be quite large from the footprints. Perhaps it’s a monster? Nope, just a little girl mole who throws mud pies for no reason and steals pails, or does she? When Benny and Penny get back to their side of the fence they find Benny’s pail, the pail they thought the neighbor stole! Oh no, what will they do? Melina, the little mole, Benny and Penny work it all out, but not without a couple more silly misunderstandings.

The artwork is just adorable. And Geoffrey Hayes just gets little kids, his character’s personalities are so authentic. Hayes must have spent an inordinate amount of time around preschoolers to get it so right. Young children will truly take a little lesson from this book, after enjoying it first. Do make sure to help a young child understand how to read a graphic novel/comic strip. It may be very helpful to explain that you read the text bubble first and then look at the picture before going on to the next box. While it may seem elementary, maybe not to the tiny audience this book is intended for.

Author: Geoffrey Hayes Illustrator: Geoffrey Hayes Published: 2009, 32 pages
Themes: Graphic Novel, Humor, Siblings, Behavior, and Friendship

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