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Benny and Penny in The Big No-No!

By Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Name-calling and mud-throwing ends in friendship lesson.

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Name calling

Not thrilled with the name-calling by the older brother. If you discourage calling people dumb and cry-babies this is likely not the series for your family. But it does show a common dynamic between an older brother and younger sister. I just wish it did it with better role modeling.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say: Not yet rated

Written in comic book format, this is a book that relies heavily on its illustrations. Fortunately the pictures are up for the responsibility. Hearkening back to the style of old fashioned picture books right down to the blue bow cocked over Penny's left ear, the illustrations have a comfortingly nostalgic feel that brings to mind the classic Little Golden Books. But the content is pure slapstick, also old fashioned but a lot less cozy. Benny and Penny call each other names, get mud thrown at them by the new neighbor, and live out a comedy of errors worthy of a Saturday morning cartoon.

The pictures are terrific with the homey nostalgia of old-timey picture books, but in the comic book format.

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