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TOON LEVEL: 2
INTEREST LEVEL: Age 4+
READING LEVEL: Grades 1-2
GUIDED READING LEVEL: K
AUTHOR: Geoffrey Hayes
DIMENSIONS: 6" x 9"
SERIES: Benny and Penny
RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2016
About the Book
Why won’t Benny care? Penny finds a dead salamander, but her brother Benny doesn’t want anything to do with it. Is it silly to have a ceremony for Little Red, or could the loss of this tiny animal mean much more to the lovable siblings? With his unique knack for portraying children’s emotional turmoil, Geisel Award-winner Geoffrey Hayes shares this gentle tale of an early encounter with death.
★★★ "With humor, directness, and unfailing honesty, Hayes’s sensitive cartooning and sharp dialogue play up the big emotions of these little mice."
--Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
★★★ "Hayes’ grasp of children’s inner lives is deep and lovely, granting them not only the complexity to experience resounding sorrow and guilt, but also the tools—with a little help and understanding—to overcome these difficult feelings. Hayes’ meticulously delineated figures exude a nearly tactile softness and warmth, and his generously detailed panels are fluidly and imaginatively laid out so that, even without the bombastic action, readers will engage at every step. An exemplary installment in an already successful series."
--Booklist STARRED REVIEW
★★★ "A simple narrative make this ideal for budding young readers. VERDICT: A wonderful and sensitively handled offering; purchase where the series is popular or where titles on death are needed."
--School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
"Death is an odd subject for a comic for young children, but Hayes handles it well. For newly independent readers, this is an alternative to—not a replacement for—Brown's classic. Another sweet, empathetic day with Benny and Penny."
"A sensitive look at dealing with strong feelings in the wake of loss. An important addition to graphic novel collections and readers advisory lists."
--Mom Read It
"Following in the tradition of Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers, Hayes does not shy away from dealing with direct facts or feelings, things that often become overlooked when talking with children about death."
--Musing Librarian Reviews
Teacher's Guide in the Works!
Stay tuned for a teacher's guide customized for Benny and Penny in How to Say Goodbye. In the meantime, visit our Common Core Guides page for more free resources.
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Praise for the Benny and Penny series
"Through six Benny and Penny books, [Hayes] has explored the emotional landmarks of young children’s lives with subtlety, nuance and gentle insight."
"A perfect example of a graphic novel designed just for young readers."
--ALA's Library Service to Children
"Hayes takes the opportunity to explore preschoolers' mercurial emotions [...] These sweet sibs show no signs of growing old--thank goodness."
"This early reader comic is not only deeply meaningful for children, but also for adults."
--Diamond Bookshelf - Click for Lesson Plan Too!
About the Author
Bestselling author 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, the Patrick Bear books, and When the Wind Blew by Caldecott Medal-winning author Margaret Wise Brown.
His TOON Book series of Benny and Penny books has garnered multiple awards. In 2009, Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award given by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English.