Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas
Toon Books Level 2
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
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Benjamin Bear walks on water, rides a square-wheeled bicycle, and wears a fishbowl helmet under the sea.
Benjamin Bear walks on water, rides a square-wheeled bicycle, and wears a fishbowl helmet under the sea. Told in the form of one-page comic strips, each of Benjamin’s adventures is a hilarious gag, a puzzle, a mini physics lesson, or sometimes all three. Of the first Benjamin book, Horn Book wrote, "Original, deep-down funny . . . steeped in the rare quality of imaginative kindness." Kirkus called it, "A visually formatted joke book to inspire thinking as well as laughs."
Philippe Coudray loves drawing comics, and his many children’s books are often used in schools in his home country of France, where his work was chosen by elementary-school students for the prestigious Prix des Écoles d’Angoulême. In 2012, an entire exhibition was devoted to Barnabé the Bear, Benjamin’s French cousin. His first TOON Book, Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking, was nominated for an Eisner Award in the Best Publication for Early Readers category.
The clever bear and his assorted crew of animal pals from Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking (2011) return for another collection of single-page strips, each one a marvel of economy in setup, delivery, and payoff...Honing a well-rounded sense of humor may be just as important as any other aspect of childhood learning, and you’ll find no finer choice for that than the ingenious exploits of this very clever bear.
—Booklist (starred review)
This book rewards what six-year-olds are already good at (scrutiny), encourages a new skill (reading), and enlarges the imagination (heaven).
—The Horn Book (starred review)
Kids will laugh out loud at Benjamin as he solves problems in zany, often misguided, ways. ... A funny, smart little book that is definitely interesting enough to hold the attention of reluctant readers.
—School Library Journal (Starred review)
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