Title: Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms!
Author: Philippe Coudray
Series: Toon into Reading. Level 2.
Recommended for: Kids who like funny books who are in first grade and up. Is intended as an early reader but is funny for anyone who is advanced enough to understand the humor. (Toddlers and younger preschoolers wouldn’t “get” the humor.)
Pages: 35 p.
Call Number/Link: GN J COUDRAY, P.
A collection of one-page comic strips featuring Benjamin Bear, a very serious bear who has his own silly logic for doing things
The official description may say that Benjamin Bear has his own silly logic for doing things. I considered him a creative, out of the box thinker. There were a couple of times that I thought, “Genius!” There were also several times that I laughed out loud. Some of the cartoons are wordless, some have minimal words and some have text in every frame. Every single one at least made me smile.
It can be difficult to predict what will make people (children and adult alike) laugh, but I will be looking for other Benjamin Bear books on days that I need a giggle.
The official information in the back of the book says that the books is their Level 2. They list equivalencies as: Grades 1-2, Lexile BR-240, Guided reading G-K, Reading Recovery 11-18.
It is described as an Easy-to-Read Comic for Emerging Readers with:
- 300-700 words
- short sentences and repetition
- a story arc with few characters in a small world and
- 1-4 panels per page