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Benny : An Adventure Story
Benny An Adventure Story
ISBN-13: 9780763608132
ISBN-10: 0763608130
Publication Date: 5/5/1999
Pages: 32
Reading Level: Ages 4-8
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Publisher: Candlewick
Book Type: Hardcover
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PreSchool-K-Benny, a multitalented mutt, acts as an assistant to "Brillo the Magician," until he upstages the performer one time too many and is sent packing. In a humorous homage to the bygone days of hobos, Benny rides the rails and sings the blues. The world apparently has little use for a dancing sheep dog, a tiny rope-throwing cattle dog, a plate-juggling kitchen dog, or a guard dog who plays the harmonica. The downtrodden pup has an epiphany as he reaches the big city: "I am Benny! And I will do what I do. And this time, the world shall come to me." On a street corner, his heartfelt harmonica tunes and tap dancing fill his cup with coins and attract the attention of the little girl of Benny's dreams. It is love at first sight for both of them. Readers leave Benny happily ensconced in a lively household as the entire Kelly clan partakes of the communal joys of music, dance, and a good book. Graham's trademark cartoons are particularly vibrant and effective in relating this winsome tale. The large size of the book gives breadth and scope to Benny's search for identity and a sense of belonging. Small visual vignettes contrasted by broader spreads that feature the engagingly rendered Benny poignantly communicate the trials and tribulations of the little dog's odyssey. Youngsters will find plenty to laugh, cry, and think about in this winning offering.