“Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas!”

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

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

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!

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Philippe Coudray, visit:

https://www.philippe-coudray.com

To use comic creator, visit:

http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/games-tools/comic-creator-a-30237.html

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