The Adventures Of Benny


It starts and ends with a fishing pole. As Benny heads to the lake to fish he runs into Big Foot ... and lots of other characters, most of whom don't like him. Thanks to his discovery of pirate treasure, Benny will probably have enough money to buy a NEW fishing pole! It is a long, adventured-filled journey, but one Benny wouldn't change for anything.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is the perfect selection for emergent readers. The simple black/white illustrations offer visual humor; the pages usually have just a sentence or two, and the chapters are short. It is predictable elementary humor ... but it keeps them turning the page.

Content Awareness Factors:

There is nothing over the top, but at a point way back in kindergarten potty humor lost its zing!

Little Kid Reaction

Potty humor ... it had her laughing and forever coming in to tell us the "joke." Our daughter must have read this book cover to cover at least 5 times this summer. She is the one who showed us that the story came full circle with the fishing poles!

Parent Reaction

Ugh. More silly bathroom humor (King Butt instead of King Tut), pirates, talking animals, and the booger man. Nothing over the top or completely gross, just typical and predictable. Thank goodness Benny is an affable character. Although we were quickly bored with the book, the intended reader was not, and that's what counts.

Type of Book:
This is a chapter book filled with boyish humor, both in text and image.
Educational Themes:

This is a book for fun reading. It is an excellent choice for dormant readers.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 13
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 10
Age of child:
Read by an 8-year-old girl.

Title The Adventures of Benny
Author Steve Shreve
Publisher Two Lions © 2009
Illustrators Steve Shreve
ISBN 9780761455752
Material Hard Cover
Cost $12.99
Genres Humor, Comics | Graphic Novels
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