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Im do cool stuff if he's lucky What is a little fox to do except give Benny a taste of his own medicine Totally familiar yet fresh and original tenderly told and consistently funny this story perfectly captures the joys and annoyances of sibling relationship NetGalley WhatAreYouDoingBenny Pre Order Now Available April 23 2019Benny is busy playing by himself building a fort making a paper airplane riding his bike etc But his little brother is looking for a playmate so he continually asks to join his older brother But each uestion to his brother is met with an emphatic NO He doesn t want to talk about what he s doing or let his younger brother join him Finally after asking and asking the little fox gets the picture and heads to his room to put on a puppet show by himself Of course the puppets are mimicking he and his brother Can I play No Can I watch No Eventually Benny shows up and asks if his younger sibling wants to watch him paint a model car By now little fox is fine and not willing to watch his brother Surprisingly Benny returns with a sandwich for his younger brother He then stays and begins playing with the puppetsMyThoughtsWhat Concerned Me I realize kids like things to be repetitive but the younger sibling asking to engage with Benny seemed to go on a bit too long Also I m not clear what changed Benny s mind Was he suddenly aware that he d ignored little fox or was he missing the pestering and attentionWhat I Liked Most Sibling awareness is always a good discussion topic Also some children will love the fact that the illustrations feel like a graphic novel

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What Are You Doing Benny?

From New York Times bestselling illustrator Kady MacDonald Denton and award winning author Cary Fagan comes a charming sibling story that has the makings of a contemporary classicBenny's little brother is really good at a lot of things making potions and pap Benny is kind of a jerk The way he s drawn and the activities he s doing make him seem a lot older than his brother Think a teenager and a kindergartner As such I expected a lot tolerance from Benny Instead he comes across as kind of a narcissist After the little brother gets fed up with trying to do stuff with Benny he goes off and does his own thing Only then does Benny want to spend any time with the kid It s like he doesn t want to participate unless it s on his own terms And then we see the little brother using the same tactics as Benny used basically shutting out his brother which I don t think is a very healthy thing to be teachingI don t like the illustrations that much They re almost messy for lack of a better word The drawing style is kind of chaotic and I don t care for itI also don t like the writing style The dialogue isn t punctuated so in the beginning I just assumed that most of the book was dialogue But then almost halfway in the little brother starts narrating in the first person That made me even confused because it was difficult to tell when he was talking to the audience and when he was talking to his brother I prefer picture books to have clearer writing than thatOverall I wasn t impressed By the end of the repetitive text I couldn t stand the little brother much myself any And the pictures aren t to my liking I wouldn t recommend this one Thank you to NetGalley and Tundra Books NY for providing a digital ARC

Cary Fagan Å 3 summary

Er 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 h What Are You Doing Benny by Cary Fagan follows a young fox who just wants to join in whatever his older brother Benny is doing but Benny always says no I felt so bad for the little fox when he said Benny made the best sandwiches and could Benny make him one too and Benny said no Later Benny offered to let his little brother watch as he did cool things like paint and shoot hoops but the little fox said that wasn t fun and continued playing in his own Later Benny brought him a sandwich At the end the brothers ended up doing something together This was a cute story with gorgeous watercolour artwork The perfect book for kids with siblings To be honest it reminded me of my own childhood I was the oldest and an introvert so I reallllly didn t want siblings around I read this with my cubs and we all enjoyed it Many thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Random HouseTundra for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review


10 thoughts on “What Are You Doing Benny?

  1. says:

    | Reader Fox Blog | I reuested  What Are You Doing Benny by Cary Fagan because I'm sure you guessed it the book had fox

  2. says:

    Story about the good and bad of having brother and brothership The book present this really well from the perspective of the younger brother but the end the moralmessage of it just came out of nowhere and are kind of empty it was like

  3. says:

    Benny is kind of a jerk The way he's drawn and the activities he's doing make him seem a lot older than his brother Think a teenager and a kindergartner As such I expected a lot tolerance from Benny Instead he comes across as kind of a narcissist After the little brother gets fed up with trying to do stuff with Benny he goes off and does his own thing Only then does Benny want to spend any time with the kid It

  4. says:

    This book brought back many memories but I was the older sibling I had a brother who was seven years younger than

  5. says:

    Cary Fagan brings us a classic tale of siblings being siblings In What are you Doing Benny Benny is so much older than his younger sibling The younger sibling tries desperately all day long to get Benny to join in his play but is consistently told No Until the younger sibling finds something Benny is actually

  6. says:

    What Are You Doing Benny by Cary Fagan follows a young fox who just wants to join in whatever his older brother Benny is doing but Benny always says 'no' I felt so bad for the little fox when he said Benny made the best sandwiches and could Benny make him one too and Benny said no Later Benny offered to let his little brother watch as he did cool things like paint and shoot hoops but the little fox said that

  7. says:

    This little children's book is a very real depiction of a relationship between a much older sibling and his very young brother Hard at times to watch and feel but real none the less

  8. says:

    Benny and his little brother live in a cozy foxhole under a hill Benny has a lot of projects underway and his younger brother knows h

  9. says:

    #NetGalley #WhatAreYouDoingBenny Pre Order Now Available April 23 2019Benny is busy playing by himself building a fort making a paper airplane riding his bike etc But his little brother is looking for a playmate so he continually asks to join his older brother But each uestion to his brother is met with an emphatic NO He doesn't want to talk about what he's doing or let his younger brother join him Finally af

  10. says:

    Benny is a busy older brother He builds forts makes potions folds paper airplanes but each time his younger sibling asks if he can do these activities with Benny even after he offers good suggestions for improving on Benny's activity