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*Benny and Penny: Just Pretend* by Geoffrey Hayes

 
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Benny and Penny: Just Pretend
by Geoffrey Hayes
Grades PreK-2 32 pages Raw Junior April 2008 Hardcover    

Benny the mouse is busy pretending to be brave Benny the Pirate. He wears a pirate hat and carries a wooden sword; a wooden box makes a perfect pirate ship. Bennyís pesky little sister, Penny (dressed as a princess), wants to play pirate too, but Benny bossily declares that she canít play since pirates are brave while Penny is a cry-baby.

When their mother insists that Benny play with his little sister, the wily Benny convinces Penny to hide in a box so they can play hide-and-seek - except that Benny has no intention of actually looking for her. But when Benny runs into some scary bugs, itís Penny who bravely chases away the bugs. The siblings are thus restored to harmony as Benny hugs Penny and tells her he was only joking when he called her a cry-baby.

This adorable graphic novel with its beautiful illustrations and simple text captures a sibling relationship that is authentic and sweet without being cloying. Childrenís author Geoffrey Hayes has created a thoroughly charming and witty book that begs to be read over and over again.
 
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