PPBF: Benny and the Binky


Author: Barbro Lindgren (English Translation: Elisabeth Kallick Dyssegaard)
Illustrator: Olof Landström
Publisher: R&S Books, 20o2; First Published in Sweden as Jamen Benny, 2001
Age Level: 2-5
Themes: siblings

Opening: Benny has a brother now. He wanted one. And then he got one.
Summary: (From Amazon) One morning Benny awakens to find a bassinet standing next to him. Finally, Benny has a brother! All Benny’s new sibling does is scream and scream – until his mother gives him a binky. Benny wants a binky, too, but his mother says he’s too old for one. And Benny’s brother isn’t willing to share. Benny soon grows tired of his new brother – he’d rather have the binky. So when his mother isn’t looking, Benny runs away with the binky. He feels triumphant, until he meets up with some porcine bullies. Fortunately, he is rescued, and after running all the way home, Benny restores the binky to its rightful owner.
Why I like this book: There are picture books I admire for their stunning illustrations, the orchestration of their design, or their transporting texts that hum in my head for days. A few collaborations have a good marriage of these elements, and finding them is a complete thrill. And then there are  the very few I find difficult to describe: the renderings are cute, simple on first glance. The text doesn’t necessarily sing with rhyme or alliteration. But when I turn the pages slowly, carefully, I realize I’ve been duped. A clever deceptive sort of perfection. The only word that rings, that even comes close is  T R U E . This book is.

Activities/Resources: This is the kind of book I wish we’d had when our second child arrived, it might have led to good discussions on what our oldest was expecting, and how they felt after the arrival. This is the perfect time to reintroduce baby games that an older sibling could teach his or her new sibling: finger plays, nursery songs and rhymes. Here is a board on Pinterest, that might spark…interest (sorry – couldn’t help myself!). And if you are as enamored as I am with this book, read more Benny books along with this Kirkus review.

Check out the cute video: http://www.wimp.com/pacifierwar/

24 thoughts on “PPBF: Benny and the Binky

  1. LOL to Joanna (above)!

    Love this concept – love how neatly the Kirkus review nails the essence: Benny…learns that wanting and getting are two very different experiences in this charmingly illustrated chuckler

    OMG if we could all summarize our PB’s so neatly we’d be in like Flynn!


  2. I have to echo the love for these illustrations. Simple and crisp but totally emotive. I guess this gets the message across better than just playing the Rolling Stones for the kiddos (“you can’t always get what you w-a-ant”).


  3. I agree, the expressions are killer! It takes me back to when my oldest, upon being asked how he felt about his new baby brother very decisively stated, “I don’t like him. I don’t.”


  4. Somehow this book seems very familiar. Oh, yes…I know…it’s like a true story that I have experience with. 🙂 🙂
    Great review, Julie…love the book and the whole story concept…and every kid will love it as well.
    My kids called theirs a ‘binky’ also. 🙂 And they each had a favorite blanket which they called their ‘corner’…cause what they loved most about it were the satiny corners.;)


  5. I think that little pig looks a lot like your doodles! I’ve seen expressions just like that on some of your characters! I like that word – chuckler! This does look like one! thanks for sharing! I’ll have to check this one out!


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