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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Benny and Penny in LOST and FOUND! a TOON BOOK by Geoffrey Hayes. Candlewick Press, Random House. 2014. $15.00 ages 4 and up

"In this fog?
You'll get LOST!

GOOD! Then Mommy
will be sorry!

What if it's in the house?

I looked ten times! I bet
it's in the sandbox."

I'm so happy to welcome Benny and Penny back to the blog. They are off on another adventure, and you know that things will not always go well for the two at-odds sibling mice. This time, Benny is on a quest to find his pirate hat! He has looked everywhere...or so he says! I lived with two men for a long time, and know how often what they are looking for is right in front of their noses. Never mind!

Benny's BAD mood is a direct result of losing his pirate hat...again! Mommy sends him outside until the grumpiness passes, and Penny decides to join him. The fogginess of their backyard is the perfect place for two young mice to get lost. It doesn't take long. Penny manages to find her 'lost' jump rope, while Benny worries that he has lost his little sister. Admonishing her to stay close, they are soon off in search of the errant hat.

As Penny becomes more wary in their foggy environs, Benny shows bravery and even sends his bad mood packing. The ploy works, as soon they are home and all is well. Emotional and funny, this is an early reader that is sure to warm the hearts of those who have met Benny and Penny prior to this new tale. They manage to evoke many of the feelings felt by young children. I only hope that Geoffrey Hayes has many more adventures in mind and that his wonderful characters never grow up!

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