Something new has appeared at the end of town. Benny Penny sets off to find out what it is and discovers a five and dime store that is filled with unusual items. The only thing missing at the store are customers and Benny Penny has an idea of how to bring them in! Pure silliness, this book celebrates the hodgepodge of an old-fashioned dime store with its amazing mishmash of offerings. Told in rebus format, this book is not designed for emerging readers because the rebus clues are rather difficult. Instead hand this one to reluctant readers who are a bit older and will enjoy deciphering the story.
Lewis has written a poem filled with the strange and zany. It is perfect fodder for a rebus because it offers so much to draw from for the clues. Fisher’s illustrations and her rebus creations are very colorful and creative. They have a combination of vintage prints, physical items and modern illustrations. The mix is refreshing and fun, just like the rest of the book.
The puzzles in the rebus can be difficult to decipher, but that just makes it all the more rewarding and fun to try. Readers can also use context in the sentences to help with figuring things out.
An unusual and adept book that will have readers puzzling things out with smiles on their faces. Appropriate for ages 5-9.
Reviewed from copy received from Random House.