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Benny: An Adventure Story

by Bob Graham

Published by U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 1999
28 pages
ISBN: 0-7636-0813-0

Ages 4 - 7

Benny the dog is the talented tapdancing assistant of Brillo the Magician. When Benny upstages Brillo in their stage act, Brillo throws him out, and Benny is on his own. So begins the latest story of great charm and wit from Australian author/artist Bob Graham. Little Benny sets off on the road with nothing more than his kerchief and his kit bag—and a personality that doesn't stop shining from the pages. Even when Benny is sad, he is irresistible, playing his harmonica and singing the doggy blues. Benny moves from place to place in search of a home but never fitting in, growing more and more discouraged. Then, one day, he meets what the author assures us can be nothing less than his destiny: Mary Kelly and her family. "For Benny, and the Kelly's too, it was love at first sight." Benny and young Mary and her family are singular personalities and kindred spirits all. Bob Graham celebrates both with great appreciation and humor in a story that begs for an encore. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Older Children (MS; Jan 10) ©1999 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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