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Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker: TOON Level 2 (Benny and Penny)

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  180 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
“The combination of picture book and comic book make this an excellent transition book for…early readers” – Graphic Novel Reporter

In their third adventure, Benny and Penny hide every toy and tell Cousin Bo he can’t play with them. Will the three mice find a way to play without something getting torn, ripped, or snatched away?

Bestselling author Geoffrey Hayes returns to thr
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by TOON Books (first published 2010)
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Lisa Lathrop
Apr 15, 2015 Lisa Lathrop rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
1) "Benny and Penny in The Toy Breaker" is a graphic novel designed for early readers ages 5-7. It very closely resembles comic books in delightfully illustrated full color pictures and just the right about of text in dialogue balloons (often with bold words for emphasis). The plot is very easy to follow and flows nicely from frame to frame and page to page throughout the book without text or illustrations competing for attention. The placement of dialogue balloons from left to right and top to ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Apr 03, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
Reason for Reading: My son read aloud to me as his reader.

Summary: Benny and Penny have just got everything all prepared to play pirate treasure map when their mom announces that cousin Bo has arrived to play. Cousin Bo wrecks everything so Benny and Penny quickly hide all the toys they can see, including their newly made treasure map. At first B & P don't want to play with Bo, then Bo finds a few toys, breaking them, then he finds the map and takes off with it and a chase pursues with every
Peggy Dynek
Apr 25, 2014 Peggy Dynek rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
1. The Benny and Penny books are a series developed at reaching young readers. The use of bold print emphasizes the important points, and the expressions of the characters really help the student who is not a confident reader to comprehend the meaning of the story. I think this series/story would be quite an asset for the charm of the pictures, and the caring and positive resolution. The pictures would make this enjoyable for a child so young they are not yet reading, so would be quite a ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
The art is cute and the story okay, but nothing spectacular except for the overblown emotiveness of the characters which combines to make this a fun little easy reader type book.
Nov 23, 2010 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm a huge fan of the TOON BOOKS series.
Feb 24, 2014 Aknipfel rated it it was ok
Benny and Penny and the Toy Breaker is a Toon Book by Geoffrey Hayes. This is a great introduction to graphic novels for young children. One way I would incorporate this into my classroom is maybe let it be a fun book for the children’s free time. If they wanted to read this book aloud they could. They could read it with two other children and then each student would play as a character reading when it was his or her turn. This book shows the importance of sharing and caring. However, I do wish ...more
Jul 26, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing
Benny and Penny in The Toy Breaker

Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Easy Reader, Graphic Novel

Estimate age level of interest: K-3

Estimate of reading level: 1.3

Brief description: Benny and Penny are alarmed when their cousin Bo comes for a visit. They do not want to play with Bo or share their toys - Bo is a notorious toy breaker. Bo finds their treasure map, takes off and a chase ensues. Both sides end up with troubles and in the end they find a way to play together.

Nov 29, 2014 Yvonne rated it really liked it
The story is about two mice, Benny and Penny, who are going on a treasure hunt. They have a map and are on the hunt for loot. That is until cousin Bo comes and wants to join in on the fun. According to Benny and Penny, cousin Bo breaks everything, so the first thing they do is try to hide all of their toys. Unfortunately, they missed one or two and the chaos begins. Bo hits Benny in the face with a bouncing ball paddle, splashes water all over them, and finally tears an arm off of Penny’s teddy ...more
Feb 24, 2012 David rated it liked it
Benny and Penny in the Toy Breaker by Geoffrey Hayes tells of cousin Bo who is known as a toy breaker. Benny and Penny don't want have their toys broken so they try to hide them. Bo plays rough, takes a map away, and breaks Penny's monkey. Trying to find someone else to play with, Bo gets stuck in a hole in the fence. Will be get left there and will the cousins make up?

Hayes' illustrations show some exaggerated, emotional expressions in this title. There is a bit of pain shown in the guise of ph
Brett Axel
Jun 08, 2012 Brett Axel rated it it was ok
Two youthful rodent characters, Benny and Penny exclude a third (Bo) in play because he has broken their toys in the past, but they don't explain themselves, they just treat him poorly. He responds by snatching one of their things and, when they demand it back taunts, "Oh! Are you going to tell your mommy?"

A series of circumstances has them playing together at the end but there is no reconciliation and no aknowledgement at all that the behavior was bad on either side.

The eye to detail is no bett
Aug 27, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children starting to read graphic novels
We've read three of the stories (all of them written so far) in the Benny and Penny series and our girls really like them. I don't enjoy reading graphic novels aloud very much, but our girls don't seem to mind. We had fun reading this aloud, with different children taking parts and reading the dialogue for their chosen character. I didn't know that it involved a cousin and it was a nice coincidence that we happened to be visiting my husband's sister and her children this weekend. We included our ...more
Rebecca Ferguson
Text to text- There are three mice and one is picking on the the other two but really he just wants to play along. You can see throughout the text the one mice is trying to get attention from the other two by being mean
Text to self- I can relate back to this and having to play with other children. We may not always want to play with the bullies but it is good to get along. Sometimes kids cry for attention in different ways.
Text to world- Children can learn from the one mice who is mean at first
Aug 15, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
A great introduction to graphic novels for emergent readers. Benny and Penny are searching for pirates' loot. Bo, their toy-breaking cousin shows up and a sweet and funny disagreement ensues. One of the things I liked best about the story was the realistic ending: Bo, Penny, and Benny decide to play games without things that can get broken.

Initially, I felt like the story had a bit of a dated feel. The colors are somewhat muted and the kids don't have any electronic toys. But after a careful re
Sep 26, 2012 Charolette rated it liked it
The illustrations and facial expressions in this graphic novel are great. The illustrator captured the expressions without the need for words. The story line is good but I think it is lacking. Penny and Benny knew Bo breaks things but they never gave him an opportunity to play with them. I think all of them learnt a lesson at the end of the book. However, I was not impressed with the book. I think the author could have done better with getting the point accross that you need to share toys and ...more
Benny and Penny are happily playing treasure map when they learn that their cousin, Bo, is coming over. They quickly hide their toys because Bo is not as gentle with belongings as he should be. When Bo arrives, he immediately begins to boss everyone around and mistreat the toys.

When Bo gets himself stuck in the fence he won't admit he needs help until a porcupine shoves him out. Then he develops a little humility and apologizes for his behavior.
Oct 28, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
We use these books as our daily read out loud selections occasionally. My 5 yr old son absolutely loves Benny and Penny and immediately begged for more as well as more Geoffrey Hayes as soon as he was finished. It reads like a comic book, with fun cartoonish pictures and the dialogue in bubbles above the characters heads. Still worth the vocabulary learning alone, as the kids all seem to love it. Highly recommended.
Jean Coughlin
1. This book would be a “next step” book for teaching how to read graphic novels. There are several bubbles in a frame and students have to figure out whether to read them left to right or top bubble to bottom bubble. There were a couple times I miss-read them.
2. This would be a great book to use with pre-school – 2 for a theme on friendship, how to be a friend, or bullying.
3. (2010, July 1). School Library Journal.
Margaret Dilloway
May 13, 2011 Margaret Dilloway rated it really liked it
I find I like reading graphic novels aloud, because I don't have to bother with, "So and so replied" and "Ms X exclaimed." I mean, if the picture book is well-written it's fine, but often it just seems to make the book longer. This way, I just do different voices for the characters and point to who's saying what, and my kid follows along. Now I feel terribly lazy.
Justyn Rampa
May 31, 2011 Justyn Rampa rated it liked it
I found this book to be slightly better than Benny and Penny Play Pretend although there was another unlikeable character in this in the form of Cousin Bo who is the toy breaker of the title. There is conflict and appropriate resolution. By the end, everyone learns a lesson and apparently there is an interactive element online that I have yet to explore.
May 17, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Benny has a map to find loot. Bo is known for breaking toys. They don't want to play with Bo, so he goes to find new friends. They help Bo get out of the fence. They learn to play together without toys.

The website does offer lots of fun for kids and plans for teachers as well:
Oct 09, 2011 Lionel rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, comics
A Toon Book. Like Pixar, Toon Books are consistently good; you can't go wrong no matter which one you pick. This is the third Benny and Penny book, following Just Pretend and The Big No No, though they're each stand alone stories.
Oct 11, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Benny and Penny must hide their toys before Bo comes. Bo always breaks their toys. But after he arrives, will Benny, Penny, and Bo be able to play together without and toys. A good graphic novel for younger children and it shows the importance of sharing.
Lindsay Livingston sonntag
Feb 25, 2015 Lindsay Livingston sonntag rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-class
I loved the illustrations in this book. They were super detailed and really cute. The content of the story is a great one for kiddos as well!
Nov 03, 2012 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: graphicnovel
The little animals are cute.

Will have to see what the kids think of this. Do they recognize the friend that always breaks things?
Louise Buchanan
Feb 12, 2016 Louise Buchanan rated it really liked it
Shelves: graciela-read
Graciela enjoys reading these and the Patrick books in bed. Easy enough for her to not feel as if she is 'working' at reading. She gets through them fast!!
Ms. B
Aug 15, 2011 Ms. B rated it liked it
Do Benny and Penny have to play with their cousin Bo who is a toy breaker? Is Bo really as mean as her seems or is he lonely and not sure how to make friends?
Keri rated it liked it
Nov 29, 2013
Sara-jane rated it it was amazing
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Jennifer Priester
Jennifer Priester rated it it was ok
Aug 30, 2013
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Geoffrey Hayes has written and illustrated over forty children’s books, including the extremely popular series of early readers Otto and Uncle Tooth, the classic Bear By Himself, and When the Wind Blew by Caldecott Medal-winning author Margaret Wise Brown.
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