In this level 2 graphic novel, follow Benjamin Bear as he and his friend, Rabbit, “challenge” each other resulting in funny endings. (Level 2 denotes easy-to-read comics for emerging readers.)
This book promotes the creative components of humor and different perspective.
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it is fun for all ages to read. The title caught my attention and I wondered how an author would use creative thinking in a comic book/graphic novel. I really enjoyed seeing how Benjamin Bear manages to make the best of a situation while offering a fresh, humorous perspective.
TITLE: Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas!
AUTHOR: Philippe Coudray
ILLUSTRATOR: Philippe Coudray
PUBLISHER: Toon Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2013
AGE GROUP: 1stand 2ndgrades
TOPIC(S): problem-solving alternate solutions, comics
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, different perspective
1) Invent a joke and then draw a 3-4 panel comic strip that illustrates your joke.
2) Take one of the comics from the book and brainstorm alternate endings.
3) Write a story about two friends who compete in a friendly competition. How do the friends handle conflict?
4) Want to read more Benjamin Bear? Read Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms!
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