Benny and Penny in Lost and Found!

Benny and Penny in Lost and Found!Benny and Penny in Lost and Found!
Written and illustrated by: Geoffrey Hayes
Publisher: TOON Books
Format: Hardcover, 6 x 9, 40 pages, Full Color, $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-93517-964-1

I wish I could have read this book as a child. Period. End of review.

Just kidding. Seriously, though, this early reader comic is not only deeply meaningful for children, but also for adults.  

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away (or so we like to think!) we were all children. As children some of us needed to learn how to better control and handle our moods, especially when things didn't go our way. In Geoffrey Hayes' latest edition of the Benny and Penny series Benny wakes up to realize that his day has gotten off to a bad start. Benny has lost his favorite pirate hat! Given to him by his beloved Uncle Herb Benny cannot shake his bad mood.

Teamed up with Penny and his bad mood Benny sets off on a journey to find his hat. After searching for awhile with no pirate hat in sight Penny is tired and wants to go home, and actually so does Benny. Plus, they miss their mom.  In order to be a helpful and loving older brother, however, Benny realizes that he must get rid of his bad mood, become a leader, and replace his bad mood with a motivational good mood to get back home.  

Benny and Penny are in for a surprise when they get home, a surprise that is sure to influence Benny's mood once more. What happens when Benny and Penny return home? You'll just have to read this endearing early reader comic by Geoffrey Hayes and published by TOON Books to find out.

Elements of Story

Plot: Benny wakes up in one bad mood because he has lost his pirate hat. Can Benny and his sister Penny team up in order to rid Benny of his bad mood and find his pirate hat?

Characters: Benny, Penny, Uncle Herb, Mom

Settings: Benny and Penny's house, Benny and Penny's yard and adventure into a forest

Themes: Family, Teamwork, Moods and Attitudes, Lost and Found, Problem and Solution, Leadership

Recommended Common Core Standards for Early Readers

Key Ideas and Details
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3 - Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

Lesson Plan:

Directions: One of the most significant aspects of this early reader comic book is its plot and how it unfolds. Paired with the Common Core Standard for teaching early readers about Key Ideas and Details the following lesson plan asks students to order and map the various places Benny and Penny go in order to find Benny's missing pirate hat.

In the spaces below encourage students to pick 3 – 4 of the most significant locations Benny and Penny visit as the story unfolds; ask students to draw each location.  When they are done with their map ask them to explain how the story progressed from one location to the next location.


Location # 1

Location # 2

Location # 3

Location # 4

















Dr. Katie Monnin is an Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida.  Besides the joy that comes with reading comic books and graphic novels, Dr. Monnin enjoys a Peter Pan-ish life of researching and writing her own books about teaching comics, graphic novels, and cartoons: Teaching Graphic Novels (2010), Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels (2011), Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning (2012), Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Texts (2013), and Get Animated! Teaching 21st Century Early Reader and Young Adult Cartoons in Language Arts (2013); Teaching New Literacies in Elementary Language Arts ( in press, 2014).  When she is not writing (or sitting around wondering how she ended up making an awesome career out of studying comics and graphic novels), Dr. Monnin spends her time with her two wiener dogs, Sam and Max.