Benny Bensky and the Parrot-Napper
Publication Date: September 9, 2008
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When their neighbor, Mrs. Graham, charges Rosie and Fran with the responsibility of parrot sitting her pet, Peanut the Parrot, the girls and Benny think the job will be a walk in the park.
While Rosie and Fran immediately take to Peanut — going so far as to make him an honorary detective, Benny is unimpressed with the “dowdy gray” bird. Soon the charming and very vocal parrot makes his way into the girls’ hearts and Benny is left out in the cold, wondering if he still fits in.
But when Peanut becomes the latest victim in a parrot-napping ring, Benny senses something is terribly wrong . . . and he and the girls set out to make it right. Determined to find Peanut before Mrs. Graham’s return, Benny, Rosie, and Fran head out on a new adventure to bring Peanut the Parrot back home.
Mary Borsky is from High Prairie, Alberta. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta and went on to teach in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Frobisher Bay, as well as in Italy and Ethiopia. Borsky is the author of the first two books in the Benny Bensky series, Benny Bensky and the Perogy Palace and Benny Bensky and the Giant Pumpkin Heist. Her fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and her adult short story collections, Influence of the Moon and Cobalt Blue are critically acclaimed. In 2006, The New Quarterly magazine named Mary Borsky one of “the best-loved living Canadian writers.” Mary Borsky lives in Ottawa.
Linda Hendry has illustrated and/or written over fifty children’s books, including the Benny Bensky series. In 1986, she was short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award for her illustration of
The Queen Who Stole the Sky. In 2001, her book Priscilla and Rosy, written by Sharon Jennings, received the Mr. Christie’s Silver Medal. Linda Hendry lives with her family near Rockwood, Ontario.
Praise for Benny Bensky and the Giant Pumpkin Heist:
“. . . a fun-loving tale that young readers will thoroughly enjoy.” — CM Magazine
Praise for Benny Bensky and the Perogy Palace:
“[Borsky] creates her characters deftly . . . Youngsters will particularly like getting inside Benny’s head, seeing things from a dog’s eye view.” — The Hamilton Spectator