What Are You Doing, Benny?
Written by Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
36 pages – ages 5+
Published by Tundra Books on April 23, 2019
Hey, Benny! What are you doing, Benny? Building a fort?”
Synopsis from Publisher- “Benny’s little brother is really good at a lot of things — making potions and paper airplanes, building forts, putting on puppet shows, even petting the neighbor’s cat (he has a special way of scratching her just behind the ears). But whenever he tries to join in Benny’s activities, all Benny ever says is “No.” Maybe his little brother can watch him do cool stuff, if he’s lucky. What is a little fox to do, except give Benny a taste of his own medicine?”
What I Liked- I love the simplicity of this book – Hagan tells a story that any sibling can relate to. Denton’s illustrations have this wonderful, old-timey feel to them, reminding me of something that Quentin Blake, Roald Dahl’s iconic illustrator, might do (although, in a much more positive manner than anything that Blake usually makes). I like that – it gives the book such a classic feel. This was such a fun book to read, and I think it would make a great read-aloud.