Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking by Philippe Coudray
This is another winner from Toon Books. Their graphic novel line up for elementary aged children manages to be funny, smart and perfectly age appropriate. Originally published in France, this graphic novel has a certain elegance and style. Each comic in the book ranges from three to six panels, telling small stories in a quick, simple way. The humor ranges from a quiet contemplative joke about friendship to a physical slap-stick style. Coudray has woven those styles together so the book moves from one level to another seamlessly, creating a dynamic and surprising reading effect.
Coudray’s humor is multi-faceted and great fun to read. The book moves from one sort of humor to another with great ease. The illustrations are colorful but in a more sophisticated palette than many children’s books. A lot of the humor is physical, so the illustrations convey much of it. Even in the broadest of slapstick, there is a feel of style that makes it a unique read.
The book is laugh-out-loud funny and also great fun to share aloud with children. This is a graphic novel that belongs in all public libraries, because it is a great hook for reluctant readers. Appropriate for ages 5-9.
Reviewed from library copy.
Also reviewed by Pink Me.