The Fantastic 5 & 10

By J. Patrick Lewis; Valorie Fisher (Illustrator)
(Schwartz & Wade, Hardcover, 9780375858789, 40pp.)

Publication Date: September 14, 2010

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What lurks inside that mysterious store at the end of town? Only Benny Penny is adventurous enough to find out. . . .

In this book, you can read the words and the pictures. Perfect for children just learning to read, this silly, kid-friendly rebus picture book is sure to be a hit in the classroom and at home. (In a rebus, words are represented by images, or by an image plus a letter. And even beginning readers can take pleasure in reading pictures!) The pairing of Valorie Fisher’s full-page art with J. Patrick Lewis’s funny rhyming poem will give young readers plenty of clues for solving these fun and engaging picture puzzles.

About the Author

J. Patrick Lewis is one of the best-known children’s poets writing today and the author of many celebrated picture books. His books include Doodle Dandies, Please Bury Me in the Library (one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing), First Dog, coauthored with Beth Zappitello, about a Portuguese water dog who finds a home in the White House, and Kindergarten Cat. He lives in Westerville, Ohio. Learn more at

Valorie Fisher is the author/illustrator of How High Can a Dinosaur Count?, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy. She has contributed the photographs for the beloved Moxy Maxwell books by Peggy Gifford. Ms. Fisher’s titles My Big Brother and My Big Sister—both Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winners—were also illustrated with photographs. Ms. Fisher’s photos can be seen in major museums around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. She lives in Cornwall, Connecticut.

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