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Benny:  An Adventure Story

Benny: An Adventure Story

1999 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 9 yrs.
Author: Bob Graham
Illustrator: Bob Graham
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0-7636-0813-0
Hardcover Price: $16.99
This oversized charmer of a picture book tells of the picaresque adventures of a small, talented dog who is summarily fired from his job as an assistant to Brillo the Magician because the audiences are beginning to applaud him more than the star. Benny can juggle, throw a lasso as skillfully as a cowboy and play the harmonica. He bravely hops a freight train (after spending his last few coins "on a can of dog food and a can opener"). How Benny sees the country and eventually finds the perfect niche for himself and his talents makes for a suspenseful odyssey thanks in large part to Graham's touchingly convincing watercolor illustrations. We see the world from the plucky pup's vantage point and exult with him when he finally finds his well-deserved place in it. Words and pictures, it is a lovely experience.
Selma G. Lanes   ©1999 Parents' Choice

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