Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms! by Philippe Coudray

Published by TOON Books

Summary: Benjamin Bear has a series of brainstorms, pretty much one on each page. Every page has a title, with a comic strip that tells the story of Benjamin having a clever idea to solve a problem. This is part of the TOON Books collection, and it’s a Level 2, which means there are 300-700 words, with short sentences and repetition. It’s all explained at the back of the book, along with a guide for how to read comics with kids. Ages 4-8.

Pros: Apparently, TOON Books have been around for a while (this is the third Benjamin Bear book). They seem like an appealing option for beginning readers.

Cons: Okay, I wasn’t exactly splitting my sides over the humor, but this would probably tickle the funny bone of someone who routinely cracks up over the antics of Elephant and Piggie.

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