Benny and Penny in the Big No-No by Geoffrey Hayes

Benny and Penny in the Big No-NoLast year I had the honor to be on the committee to choose the winner of the Geisel Award—the award given to the best easy-reader of 2009. There were many amazing books, but the most amazing of all was Benny and Penny in the Big No-No, the book that the committee chose to win the award. Today (Monday, June 28th) is the day that we finally get to present the award to Geoffrey Hayes and the people at Toon Books.

The book tells the story of two young siblings—irascible Benny and sweet younger sister Penny—and their encounter with a mysterious new neighbor. Is she really as mean as Benny thinks? Is she really a thief and a monster? Or is it just a misunderstanding?

The book is ideal for any new reader who enjoys illustrated books, but is ready to move beyond picture books into reading on their own—this lively, gently-humorous story will drawn everyone in.

Posted by: Sarah

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