What Are You Doing, Benny? – Cary Fagan, pictures by Kady MacDonald Denton

       What Are You Doing, Benny? – Cary Fagan, pictures by Kady MacDonald Denton, Tundra, (9781770498570), 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book? A little fox follows his adored older brother around wanting to play with him.  But Benny turns his younger brother away over and over again. Benny won’t let him help build a fort, or make a potion or a paper airplane.  Benny refuses to let his brother join him on a bike ride or even just lie on the grass together. Finally the little brother gets fed up and goes to his own room to play with his puppet theater.  Benny pops in and invites him to watch as he plays basketball or paints a model car. “You know what, Benny? I said. It’s kind of boring to watch. I started the puppet show again.” Soon Benny returns and asks if they can put on a puppet show together.  The story is told through the younger brother’s first person point of view. The ink and watercolor illustrations, ranging from double page spreads to panels, are full of detail and expression. This picture book perfectly captures the dynamic between siblings.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book? This is the perfect book to share with siblings.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 6/19/17             


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