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Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms!

Brainstorms cover

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.

Rating:   ****





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





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Posted by on February 11, 2016 in Adventure, Funny, Graphic Novels, Juv


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I Thought This Was a Bear Book

I Thought This Was a Bear Book cover

Title:   I Thought This Was a Bear Book
Author:   Tara Lazar
Series:  –
Recommended for:   Older preschoolers and elementary school students
Pages:   32 pages
Call Number/Link:   E LAZAR, T.

Rating:   ****






Prince Zilch from Planet Zero crash lands in the Three Bears story, and it is up to baby bear to figure out a way to get him back to his own book.


This may be the most innovative twist on The Three Bears that I’ve ever seen.  After an unfortunate bookshelf incident, Alien suddenly finds himself tumbling from his own book into The Three Bears.  Zooks!

The story is a blend of Alien trying to return to this own land (book) and the bears blundering through attempts to help him.  A certain blonde girl also makes an appearance.  Thank goodness for Baby Bear, who saves the day.

Possible storytime (or program) themes:  aliens, spaceships, bears, creative thinking, fractured fairy tales, interactive books.



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Posted by on October 5, 2015 in Funny, Picture Books


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